Unwoman (aka Erica Mulkey) is a San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter. Layered with skillful cello, rich vocals, and electronically arranged beats, her solo music is a futuristic homage to her classical training. Unwoman performs often in the Bay Area and has been featured at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America. She has collaborated with Amanda Palmer, Abney Park, Stripmall Architecture, Voltaire, Rasputina, Jill Tracy, Vernian Process, Caustic, and Attrition. Other influences include Florence and the Machine, Austra, IAMX, Imogen Heap, Siouxsie Sioux, and Beats Antique. Extremely versatile, able to perform with no amplification, just cello and voice ("acacella"), with or without live looping, or with full backing tracks, she also plays the piano, cello banjo, and theremin.
Unwoman's most recent release, The Fires I Started, was her fifth original self-produced solo album and her sixth successful kickstarter project, raising 306% of its goal. This followed her covers album Uncovered Volume 1 and her heartwrenching breakup album, Casualties
Unwoman performs solo and as a guest in other bands throughout the US. Unwoman has been featured as a solo act at Steamcon I, II, and III (Seattle), Wicked Faire (New Jersey), Clockwork Alchemy/Fanime (San Jose, CA), Teslacon (Madison, WI), Her Royal Majesty's Steam Symposium, WorldCon (Reno, NV 2011), Victoria Steam Exposition (Victoria, BC), and many other major events.
"Undoubtedly, the night's most successful performer was Unwoman. Known for busking in BART stations and side-manning with the band Stripmall Architecture, she took the stage in Victorian garb: lacy blouse, black-widow skirt, tiny top hat affixed to the side of her head. She sang Etta James' "At Last" in a lustrous vibrato."
- East Bay Express
"Like Kate Bush or Nico, Unwoman bravely steps beyond the word of pop, or anything remotely close to rock, into an uncategorizable, adventurous vision that is nevertheless steeped in history. With its mix and match of classical instrumentation and modern-day electronics, Unwoman does not occupy a specific place or time."
"Unwoman is Erica Mulkey, a singer/songwriter that swims in the chilly darkness of Siouxsie Sioux if she had replaced post-punk guitars and danceable synthesizers for cello and piano. /.../ This is not sunshine radio, but a journey into the shadows. It's one that I am certainly willing to make over and over again."
"You're really talented and I'm happy I can help. Please continue to slay."
- Amanda Palmer
"Stark, politicised electro shot through with crunching noise and acoustic colours."
- Warren Ellis