By Collin Kelley

David Lynch’s cult TV series Twin Peaks is getting a soundtrack makeover thanks to Silent Drape Runners, a band composed of Atlanta native Russ Marshalek and vocalist Sophie Weiner. The duo have made quite a splash in New York, selling out the 92nd Street Y in Tribeca twice, and will bring their moody sound to The Goat Farm on Monday, May 28, 9 p.m.

The show is dubbed Twin Peaks: The Beginning and re-scores the first episode when Laura Palmer is found dead and wrapped in plastic. Marshalek and Weiner replace Angelo Badalamenti’s familiar synth-laden score with mash-ups of popular songs, electronic atmospherics and new compositions.

Marshalek, who worked in public relations at Wordsmith’s Books in Decatur, has long been a fan of Twin Peaks and Lynch in general. The fascination with the television show, which aired more than 20 years ago, has become a pop culture landmark.

“We’re trying to keep the Lynchian feeling by keeping the set dark, but playful,” Marshalek says, noting that some songs they’ve covered include Britney’ Spears’ “Toxic” and the Beach Boy’s “God Only Knows.”

While Silent Drape Runners has made a name for itself with the Twin Peaks shows, Marshalek says the band is also creating new material for future shows and DJ sets that don’t have anything to do with the show, other than its weird and wonderful spirit.

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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.