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- Posted on Feb 25th 2010 12:00PM by Pat Pemberton
"I deeply apologize if anyone has been offended by our project," she wrote on her blog last week. "There is and was absolutely no harm meant, and if harm was taken, it's obviously worthy of discussion."
The project pairs Palmer with Jason Webley, the two performing as alter egos Evelyn and Evelyn. Part musical partnership and part performance art, the duo even created a fictional history for the Evelyns. In press interviews, they portrayed themselves as two musicians who discovered the twin act through MySpace and offered to introduce their music to the masses.
"They spent a lot of time in the circus, so they picked up a lot of old folk songs from people they were working with -- the musicians that they were hanging out with on the circuit," Palmer tells Spinner. "They picked up a lot of the old traditional fireside guitar and ukulele songs that influenced some of their stuff. But they also had a radio and they loved the Beatles, they loved the Beach Boys and they really like musical theater. One of their favorite records is 'Jesus Christ Superstar.'"
While media organizations went along with the alter ego approach, Palmer's blog post about the twins' life story -- "they share three legs, but have only two arms, and they play ... their instruments together" -- drew criticism from fans who thought she was making light of people with disabilities. A brief mention about the twins having been molested drew even more ire.
"I had misgivings about that blog that was posted that I didn't voice because I felt, 'Well, that's Amanda's blog -- that's her thing,'" Webley tells Spinner. The initial plan for their press dealings was that Webley and Palmer would do the interviews in character, but by the time the interview occurred, the criticisms had begun, making it difficult for Webley to play the part.
"I don't think this project has a mean spirit or a bad heart," he says. "I don't think we should pull the release of the record, but I do think there are things about the way we've been presenting it that we should rethink a little bit."
While Palmer said they weren't trying to deceive anyone, she still wanted to maintain the fictional storyline, keeping a performance art aspect alive. "We are really hoping to maintain the cosmic joke, as it were," she says.
After speaking with Spinner, Palmer posted another piece on her blog, hoping to clarify their intent with the make-believe sisters.
"In hindsight," she wrote, "since enough people have gotten ruffled about the unsettling nature of their story, I wish I'd left it for you to discover on the album (where the entire epic tale is presented within a much larger, and more understandable, context)."
The post has already drawn over 1,000 comments, with mixed reactions. The self-titled album is due out March 30, to be followed by a worldwide tour and a graphic novel. Webley says he hopes critics give the upcoming album -- featuring old-timey music and a continuous story thread -- a chance.
"I want those people to actually hear the album in its entirety and get a better sense of it," he says.