Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.


Tuesday, October 29; Creepy Crawl

A picture on Rasputina's home page shows frontwoman Melora Creager hunched intently over her cello, looking as if she's struggling through some highbrow symphony. The caption over her head reads, "She is rocking. Can you tell?" If your first answer is no, you're being fooled by her demure good looks. Rasputina channels enough electricity through its triple-cello arrangements to challenge the supremacy of any guitar attack, and Creager's prankishly morbid lyrics are as subversive as anything in rock music.

But why shouldn't that be the case? Before forming Rasputina (cheekily subtitled "The Ladies' Cello Society"), Creager was Nirvana's touring cellist, and her current collaborators include Chris Vrenna (of Nine Inch Nails and Tweaker) and the dark prince of schlock rock himself, Marilyn Manson. Instead of covering, say, Beethoven, the band favors Melanie and Belle and Sebastian. Creager et al have always had an obsessive, puzzling fetish for historical curiosities, with song titles such as "Transylvanian Concubine" and a penchant for dressing in antique lingerie onstage, but their new album, Cabin Fever!, is arguably their most modern-sounding yet, with more personal lyrics from Creager and pop songs that shine like black leather. Updating chamber music for the post-Garbage age, Rasputina is the most entertaining musical anachronism since the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Critics' Picks

More by Niles Baranowski

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 15th, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation