Brooklyn goth-folk duo Charming Disaster at Pittsburgh’s Club Cafe, with rock trio Rasputina

photo: Shervin Lainez

Brooklyn, NY based goth-folk duo Charming Disaster will bring their playfully macabre duets about love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the supernatural to Pittsburgh on November 1. The duo will open for steampunk-inspired cello-rock trio Rasputina at Club Cafe on Friday, November 1. Admission is $20. 

“Woozy folk-pop…songs that are dark in subject matter but performed with a stomping liveliness…They clearly have a sharply-attuned sense of humor to go along with their occasional tarot readings and occult interests. The two sides of their personalities have melded perfectly on their latest album.” – Paste Magazine

“Charming Disaster has an affinity for monsters, mortality, paranormal activity and unearthly shenanigans…The songs on Spells + Rituals create a dark, compelling mood, sparked by flashes of wry humor…The band’s literary lyrics, and melodies that reference music from all over the world, are designed to give listeners an emotionally and musically expansive evening.” – Rock & Roll Globe

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 playful 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. SPELLS + RITUALS, released in June 2019, is their third full-length album.

When: Friday, November 1, 2019, 8:00 PM (doors 7:00 PM)

Where: Club Cafe, 56-58 South 12th Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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Admission:  $17 advance sales, $20 day of