Written & Photographed by Danielle Boise
In 2014, when I interviewed Melanie Martinez for the Dollhouse EP release, I was instantly hooked by the way this 18-year ingénue is able to take deeper look inside ourselves to find the root of our problems showcased her artistic depth. Since then, Martinez nudged her way into mainstream consciousness when Ryan Murphy used Carousel in the opening credits of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Martinez has an eye-opening way of showing what lurks behind the pretenses of perfection. Since the release Martinez her debut album, Cry Baby, she has been on a whirlwind tour to support it.
On April 5th, Martinez finally arrived in Atlanta for her sold out show with Mainland in support. People lined up hours in advance to be close to the stage. The Buckhead Theatre has a delightfully retro feel and an intimate atmosphere that was the perfect place for the Cry Baby concert.
The alternative New York-based trio, Mainland opened the show by performing songs from their Outcast album due to be released this summer. It was a masterful blend of music that balanced honest intent and moments of poignant lyrics.
With a 14-song setlist, Martinez started the night off with a bang by playing Cry Baby followed by the powerfully hypnotic Dollhouse. The dark illusions of Sippy Cup was next, with its expressive lyrics, “Kids are still depressed when you dress them up.” It’s a powerful reflection how perception actually alters reality and yet reality still exists under the lies we tell ourselves. Melanie’s artistry crafts a delicious sentiment that translates so accurately. I truly think she is a generation’s voice that needs to be heard and understood.
Carousel was up next as you can’t have a Melanie Martinez show without Carousel. Followed by Alphabet Boy, Soap, Training Wheels, Pity Party, Tag, You’re It, Milk and Cookies, Pacify Her, Mrs. Potato Head and Cake. For Martinez’s encore, she performed one final song to end the night with Mad Hatter. For me the absolute highlight to the evening was when she dedicated her love song, Training Wheels to all of us. It felt like a real, honest sentiment that made the night all that more special because it gave us all a moment of collective connection. If you were just to look at us (the fans) from the outside, it may appear that we are all from the land of the misfit dolls, and maybe we all are; but we have found a home, a family and are united within the arms of Melanie Martinez.
If you are not familiar with Melanie Martinez, here is some much needed background on the alternative pop singer and songwriter. She splashed on the music scene in 2012 as part of the popular reality show The Voice. This sparked America’s interest and helped land her a recording contract. As fans we got a glimpse into her personality and strength as a not only a songwriter, but as a performer.
Click here to see the photo gallery of images from the Cry Baby tour at Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.