Dallas — Helium Queens, a Dallas-based sci-fi musical trio under the helm of Dallas keyboardist and composer Poppy Xander, has released a new music "vidyo" on the full moon of every month since January 2019, each one pushing the "neon-fantasy synth spectrum" a little further. On Friday the 13th of September, they released their ninth vidyo, which you can see above, and an announcement: In 2020, the opera will come to a DFW theater for an extended run (details to be announced).
The Helium Queens are Chelsey Danielle as Venoo Andromeda (green hair in the vidyo), Sharla Franklin as Starre Lux Nectaris (pink), with Xander as Piscea Xandaria (orange).
Next year, they will release their album Helium Queens: A Space Opera, complete with one vidyo for each song, and move their performances from traditional music venues into a theater space.
"This was the original goal for Space Opera and we are finally able to start moving in that direction," says Xander, who is involved in six other local projects, including the Madonna tribute band Primadonna, the Smiths/Morrissey tribute Panic!, and a chamber rock outfit.
"We've spent the last two years building the concepts, the characters, the music, the story, and it's time for all of that to be revealed," says Xander. "Currently, the production only involves the three Queens, their helium hookah, and the occasional guest artist. Future productions will include dancers, over-the-top characters and scenery, and most importantly for the opera aesthetic: supertitles that provide translation of the Queens' atmospheric voices."
The Heliums Queens will continue releasing vidyos on the Full Moon of every month until every track from the album has been released. You can see all of the vidyos that have been released on their YouTube page, here.
"The Queens are from the Moon," Xander says. "Releasing these vidyos when the moon is at its brightest and most visible is a good way to bring awareness and honor to their story."
Behind-the-scenes footage, written chronicles, audio tracks and more can be found on their crowdfunding website where all proceeds are directly used for vidyo production.
The Queens' latest vidyo, "The Quarries of Vesta" (above), is a collaborative work with Sarah Passon Zazz, videographer and editor, and includes a special set design by artist Kristna Rolander, creating the backdrop for the secret lair of the Helium Queens on the Asteroid, Vesta. The focal point of the video is the glowing stones that allow the Queens to travel through space and time. These stones, known as "shamstones," were named after their creator, Dallas artist Shamsy Roomiani. Shamsy currently has work at the Sweet Tooth Hotel where the Queens will play Nov. 23, 2019. For ticketing information, www.sweettoothhotel.com.