A Place Both Wonderful and StrangeBy Collin Kelley
INtown Editor

Last year, Atlanta native Russ Marshalek and his band, Silent Drape Runners, wowed a crowd at The Goat Farm with a live re-soundtracking of David Lynch’s cult TV series Twin Peaks. Marshalek and vocalist Sophie Weiner stripped away composer Angelo Badalamenti’s score and replaced it with everything from Britney Spears to the Beach Boys. It made an unsettling TV show even more unsettling.

Silent Drape Runners made a splash, getting written up in the Los Angeles Times, receiving rapturous reviews from the New York City press and played both in the US and abroad. When Marshalek and Weiner decided to go their separate ways, he wasn’t quite ready to let go of Twin Peaks. Marshalek and vocalist Lucy Swope, a Decatur native, have formed a new band, A Place Both Wonderful and Strange (a line of dialogue uttered by Agent Dale Cooper), and will perform in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m. at the Highland Ballroom in Poncey-Highland as part of their southeastern “When This Kind of Fire” tour. Tickets are $10 and available at this link.

This time out, Marshalek and Swope are re-soundtracking Lynch’s Twin Peaks prequel film, Fire Walk With Me. If you thought the series was disturbing, Lynch let his imagination truly run amok depicting the days leading up to Laura Palmer’s murder.

Laura Palmer and Agent Dale Cooper are still trapped in the White Lodge.

Marshalek says of the new show: “It’s electronic and moody and theatrical, in a way that fans of the way Lynch can be both ridiculous and terrifying at once will enjoy. It’s also slightly inappropriate. I really enjoy doing this show; we’ve put a lot of work into it and I think the fact that I enjoy Fire Walk With Me more than the entirety of Twin Peaks as a series shines through.”

He said the soundtrack includes tunes by Tom Waits, Mac DeMarco, Bat for Lashes and many other unexpected surprises.

Marshalek, who worked in public relations at the old Wordsmith’s Books in Decatur, also regularly DJs and has done other re-soundtracking projects, but he always returns to Twin Peaks. “Almost everything that interests me in culture right now derives in some way from Lynch’s smeary and haunted world. I can’t escape it, and I don’t want to. There’s a never-ending narrative.”

For more about the band, check out their Facebook page.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.