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Listen Here: The Debaucherauntes

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The music that the Seattle-based band The Debaucherauntes produces is just what you’d imagine after reading its name: lush and over-the-top, with an operatic edge that would be perfectly at home on a Broadway stage.

Drawing on Klezmer and Yiddish musical tradition, as well as cabaret and vaudeville, The Debaucherauntes has its own brand—not least because a good portion of its music is in Yiddish, not English. In “Bei Mir Bist Du Sheyn,” a track from its debut album, Different Parade (self-released, 2015), brassy instrumentation and violins war with rich, dramatic vocals that bring to mind a smokey saloon, or women in high heels stumbling down rain-soaked streets. The English track share the same theatricality. In “Take Your Money (Sleep Alone)” the vocalist croons about long dresses and pointy shoes, which are “never what a serving girl should wear/so take your money and go home/if you can’t be nice you sleep alone.”

If you’re in the mood to be transported back in time and across the world, stop by Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel in Boise to see The Debaucherauntes perform live as part of the Jewish Music Festival. But be forewarned: the band describes its concerts on Facebook as “everything you wish your circus-themed Bar Mitzvah would have been" and its entire project on Kickstarter as the same party "on whiskey and ecstasy."