Dreadcircus is no longer suffering the symptoms of Supergirl Syndrome. Instead the group’s being approached by record companies and inspiring the GLBT community with their music.

Since recording the new album, Gender Optimized 2.0, the band has performed at Midsumma Festival and this Mardi Gras their diary has been fully booked.

In the meantime, lead singer Jade Starr will also dabble in a cabaret career with a stage show called From Metal to Maternal. The production will be launched at Slide on Tuesday 26 February.

Starr said the show is a two-hour insight into her life with a special drag king skit and reworkings of the band’s songs.

“It’s very draining to stand up on stage and expose myself so honestly,” she said.

“I have a character I’ve developed which is based on my past life as a male before transition. His name is Davo and he’s a metal head. It was quite unique to be a male to female transsexual woman reverting back to a male. I don’t think it’s been done many times at all, especially a death metal drag king act.”

The band is made up of two lesbians and two transitioned women. The girls have also been asked to play at the Dykes on Bikes tattoo show at the Hampshire Hotel in Camperdown on Sunday 24 February.

“I actually cried after receiving the phone call to play because to me it’s acceptance by women plus who wouldn’t want to perform in front of so many beautiful women?” she said.

The schedule also includes a sing-along on the main stage at Fair Day, a drag king show called Davo Destruction at the Sly Fox on Wednesday 13 February and an unplugged and raw dinner show at Bar Me on Friday 15 February.

“We always try to create different shows to keep the material fresh and variety is the spice of life – we live in such a broad community,” Starr said.

To kick off the girl-on-girl festivities of Mardi Gras the band will be playing at a lesbian rock night at Will and Toby’s on Thursday 21 February. Maxine Kouter and Jess McAvoy will also be guest-starring.

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