Porcelain Doll Scene

Porcelain Doll Scene

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From the Nova Scotia highlands comes the powerful, mystic, rock ensemble known as Porcelain Doll Scene. Described by fans in the P.D.S. live show guestbook as: "Hot as rocks... dark and edgy...thought-provoking...wicked tunes!"

Biography

The dark, edgy, melodic rock sound of Porcelain Doll Scene embraces the rich, yet often overlooked, history of hauntings and folklore in Nova Scotia. Armed with insightful lyrics, and a fiery stage presence, lead vocalist (Gayle Lahey) breaks down common perceptions of the fragile porcelain doll and invokes the atmospheric intensity of female rock icons such as Steve Nicks, Chrissie Hynde and Grace Slick. Lahey's songwriting style and vocal prowess are enhanced by the guitar wizardry of Todd Marsh. Marsh's dynamic musical arrangements, catchy riffs and mind-bending guitar solos have garnered him the adoration of many fans, hailing him as the East Coast version of Jimi Hendrix. The band is completed by the tight, infectious grooves of Mike Boone on bass and Bryan “The Chopper” Murphy on drums.
All students of STFX University in Antigonish, the band is currently writing, recording, and performing. Porcelain Doll Scene most recently played two shows for enthusiastic crowds at the ECMA 72 Hour Jam! Porcelain Doll Scene will appear next at the STFX Live Aid Benefit Concert and will return to Halifax for a show at Gus's Pub in April.

Lyrics

Highway Drivin'

Written By: Gayle Lahey & Todd Marsh

Scorpio in the garden/ at my throat/ It’s all highway drivin’/
till you get to the end of the road/
Eternal sunshine/let me know/ if you need motivation/ to help the ends-we all grow/
CHORUS: it’s all highway drivin/ it’s all highway driven/it’s all highway drivin/ till you get to the end of the road.
All the trees are haunted here/ they are ghosts/ just like the ships we ride upon /Malignant Cove/ Should lava spill across the universe /don’t leave me out in the cold/sleeping in the sun like cats/ comatose CHORUS

Juliana's Painting

Written By: Gayle Lahey & Todd Marsh

There’s a dark fairy/ tooth fairy/ in the garden/ by the trees/ counting teeth/ by the olive plants/ she’s ruthless/ leaving us toothless/ Juliana’s painting came to life in the night and wandered through the village by a candlelight/ all alone/ there was nobody home.
CHORUS: DREAMS ABOUT DRAGONS/ DREAMS ABOUT MAZES/ DNA SPIRALS/ CONSTELLATIONS AND THE DARK RED MOON/ AT THE END OF THE WORLD
DREAMS ABOUT SLEEPING/ WAKING WITH GIANTS/ PICKING STRANGE MUSHROOMS / UP IN THE HIGHLANDS/ LIFE IN NEW SCOTLAND / AT THE END OF THE WORLD
There’s a little doll/ there’s a pretty little doll/ in a box/ in the attic that’s locked/ she never cries/ she has no eyes/ Juliana’s painting fell asleep by the fire/ dreamt she fell in love with an old vampire/ eternal life at the end of the world /CHORUS /
Playing with the soul of a gypsy now /soldiers overseas hypnotized somehow/ the atom bomb/ at the end of the world/ Juliana’s painting was burned at the stake but the artist knew of the risk she’d take/ the cats were crying it’s a plague on the world…CHORUS

Life in New Scotland

Written By: Gayle Lahey & Todd Marsh

Once upon a time, in autumn, even though they weren’t supposed to/ summer butterflies surrounded you everywhere you went/ I pushed you down into the sweet grass/ you blushed the deepest burgundy/ and your brown eyes spoke of winter and all at once we were free/ I was feeling like an empty on a cold New Scotland morning/ the madness of the highlands crept into my brain without a warning/ the statue weeping for her baby/ her lover in the catacombs/ the balcony became a lighthouse, as she fell into her doom/
Somewhere out near Caledonia Mills the clergy men were rushed in/ to bless the child and house possessed by this spontaneous combustion/ the taste of soot and ash and sulphur/unwanted guests from other worlds/ a backwards image in a mirror/ the medium: a little girl.

Discography

"Life In New Scotland"-Full Length (Indie) CD. Released : 2005.
Currently recording second full-length album to be released in 2007.

Set List

Porcelain Doll Scene Sets: Rock Shows / Unplugged

ROCK SET:
Sets run 45-75 minutes in length, consisting mainly of original numbers from "Life in New Scotland" and their upcoming album "Cape Breton Gothic". Sets also include cover renditions of music by influential artists such as Pink Floyd and Nirvana.

UNPLUGGED SHOW:
The band's rock format can also be adapted to a folk/rock setting, which is a part of Porcelain Doll Scene's wide audience appeal. This set captures the lighter side of Porcelain Doll Scene, as well as showcases Lahey's songwriting skills and coffeehouse alter ego. This set also features songs by Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders, Tori Amos and Bob Dylan.