If you have not yet heard the two-headed heavenly beast that is Harptallica, get ready to bow before the beauty of post-irony. Harptallica is a pair of young women who do two very important things:
1) They pluck celestial sounds from gilded harps.
2) They do so while covering Metallica’s greatest hits.
Harptallica is both the joke and the punchline, the tribute-band equivalent of the old kneeslapper, So this dyslexic walks into a bra. . .
Two other things to know about Harptallica:
1) They are not actively seeking out Joanna Newsom to join them. The online petition soliciting Bill Callahan’s GF to join these “viralist string-thrash sensations Harptallica in holy matrimony for a live stadium tour. . .no later than December 31, 2007” is the viral handiwork of an old friend of ours, a little known Boston-based Metallica head who once wrote one of the funniest pieces ostensibly about Metallica’s craptastic, symphonic double CD S&M. For what it’s worth, OTDude’s petition is so popular that at blog time, there was a total of. . . one signature. Help the brother out.
2) Harptallica is coming to the Knitting Factory Tap Room on September 20.
Sadly, those Thriller-reenacting Filipino inmates do not have anything confirmed in New York. Someone pleeeeaaassse start a petition to get them here.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 1, 2007