Brooklyn-based folk-noir duo Charming Disaster will present an evening of occult-inspired music on Sunday, April 15, bringing their playfully macabre duets about love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the supernatural to Rochester's Spirit Room. With songs populated by spirit mediums, seances, hauntings, and paranormal romance, and a set list determined by the cards of the Tarot, Charming Disaster is a perfect match for this Spiritualism-inspired cocktail bar.
Charming Disaster’s storytelling songs explore various kinds of trouble two people can get into, combining vocal harmonies and clever lyrics with ukulele, guitar, and virtuosic foot percussion to explore dark narratives and characters with a whimsical sensibility. Their songs take on themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the occult, playing out against a backdrop of nightclubs, car chases, circus tents, the afterlife, and beyond. A musical duo based in Brooklyn, NY, formed in 2012 by singer/songwriters Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris, Charming Disaster's inspirations include the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir fiction of Raymond Chandler, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret. They achieved cult status when their paranormal love song “Ghost Story” was featured on the creepy hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale. Since then their theatrical, entertaining live performances have engaged audiences across the United States.
“Charming Disaster sound like the music that Pugsley and Wednesday Addams might have made after listening to the Decemberists, Squeeze and some Chopin.” -Yes! Weekly