11 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Aurelio Voltaire
Does anyone not know who Voltaire is? I mean, anyone reading this Dragon*Con countdown? I feel like Voltaire is one of those Dragon*Con staples, like the Crüxshadows, or Emerald Rose. He’s sort of a folksy-macabre-storyteller singer (and he also does movies and comics and TV and toys, he’s pretty busy). I guess, to me, he’s sort of like Marc Gunn in that I can see his appeal, but I don’t really get it? I went to Voltaire’s show in 2010 and it was certainly entertaining enough, he’s very charismatic and puts on a great live show, but I wasn’t inspired to go out and buy a CD afterward. But props to him for having a great stage name (shout out to 10th grade English!), and great website image (on a flaming unicorn!) and also for being Cuban American. Diversity in the house, right? I feel like most of the previous bands I’ve profiled have been extremely white. Also, why is there no Dragon*Con hip hop group? This is Atlanta, how has no one crossed into sci-fi hip hop yet? That’d be amazing.
Also, I like his top hat. Top hats are cool.
Everyone knows the “Brains!” song, right?
So this song is called “Riding a Black Unicorn,” which is a wonderful song title, truly. Actually, I sort of love this song. Voltaire has just risen in my esteem a bit.
So that’s another one of his classics. Y’all get the idea.
I’d like to point out here that one of my friends declared “I can’t stand that guy,” when I told him that I was profiling Voltaire. So that makes me feel a bit better about not being head over heels regarding Voltaire–although that “Riding a Black Unicorn” song is still phenomenal and I love it.
–Macabre-folksy singer-songwriter in a top hat
–Brains!!! (Aka Dragon*Con staple)
–RIDING A BLACK UNICORN.
One thumb up. For the black unicorn song.