As the glam-rock diva who crowd-surfed to AWOLNATION’s “Sail,” Season 5 rebel Kat Robichaud made history as one of the most electric and fearless Voice contestants of all time. But that “Sail” performance provided only a glimpse of her dramatic talents, as the San Francisco-based musical-theater maverick has since gone on to stage her own successful Bowie- and Burton-inspired rock opera, Misfit Cabaret.
Featuring a rotating cast of musicians, magicians, drag queens, aerialists, and burlesque dancers, and aptly described by The Daily Californian as a show “for the freaks, the outcasts, the sexual deviants, and lovers of all things off-kilter,” Misfit Cabaret has become an underground sensation. But now, with the passion project’s soundtrack getting a June 2 release via Sony Music’s CEN/Red Distribution, Robichaud is set to reenter the national spotlight — once again on her own terms, but this time much showcasing her true voice more than ever.
Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks is excited to premiere a fantastic and phantasmic new live video from Misfit Cabaret, “She Looked Like She Owed Death Money,” which just might inspire viewers to book a flight to San Francisco to catch the show in person. “The song is in part inspired by alcoholism, personified as an evil succubus, and in part inspired by the black- and-white Edwardian dress I wear in the music video, gifted to me by Dallas Coulter, who designs for RuPaul’s Drag Race stars,” Robichaud tells Yahoo Music. “The song ended up having a Marilyn Manson vibe, who has been one of my favorites since I hit puberty. I catch glimpses of my icons in the way I move onstage, which I don’t realize I’m doing until I see videos of myself in past shows.”
“She Looked Like She Owed Death Money” is a compelling example of the confessional sensibility of the Misfit Cabaret experience, which Robichaud says she “wanted to be personal and personable, and as tangible as ’80s horror effects. There are painful songs about alcoholism and abused trust, disguised as vampires and emcees. It is a love letter to my childhood.”
As for this specific song’s subject matter, she explains, “Don’t get me wrong, I love booze as much as anyone else, but I’ve also had people in my life that have been hurt by it, including yours truly. I’ve had people very close to me battle with [alcoholism]… Around the time I was writing for the show, a friend was talking about a person who was strung-out, looking like they owed death money, and I thought it was such a graphically gruesome description. I had to write a song around it.”