Nicole Dollanganger | Srivideo
Biography | Posted: Friday, 10th July
Birth name: Nicole Bell
Born/Date of Birth: September 8, 1991
Place of Birth: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Genres: Sadcore, lo-fi, ambient, dream pop
Occupation(s): Singer, songwriter, artist
Labels: Eerie Organization, Crystal Math, Run for Cover
Associated acts: Grimes, Full of Hell
Nicole Bell (born September 8, 1991), known professionally as Nicole Dollanganger, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and artist who currently resides in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. She began posting original songs on Tumblr in mid-2011, and wrote and recorded her first four records in her bedroom while sick on bed rest from anorexia. Dollanganger is known for her high-pitched singing voice. She is also known for her lyrics, which include themes of gore, sex, BDSM, depression, self-harm, and eating disorders, among other topics.
In 2015, she became featured on Grimes' Eerie Organization, a collaborative created solely for the purpose of releasing Dollanganger's album Natural Born Losers. She later supported Grimes on the Rhinestone Cowgirls Tour in the fall.
Her stage name is a reference to the Dollanganger series of novels by V. C. Andrews.
2011–2014: Career beginnings and early recordings
Early in 2012, Dollanganger was hospitalized for anorexia nervosa and anorexia athletica, and was put on bed rest where she began writing and posting songs on her blog more actively. She had been posting cover songs to Tumblr for about a year when she posted her first song "Coma Baby" in 2011. It was later included on her first album Curdled Milk (2012).
Over the next two years, she went on to release Flowers of Flesh and Blood (2012), Ode to Dawn Wiener: Embarrassing Love Songs (2013), and Observatory Mansions (2014). In 2013 and 2014, she sold each record in limited runs of handmade CD-R discs and cassettes.
2015–2016: Eerie Organization and Natural Born Losers
In 2015, Dollanganger opened for Lana Del Rey alongside Grimes at their joint show in Toronto. Grimes later announced the Eerie Organization, claiming to have started the collaborative to put out Dollanganger's album, Natural Born Losers. "It's a crime against humanity for this music not to be heard", she stated. In October and November 2015, Dollanganger supported Grimes on the latter's Rhinestone Cowgirls Tour. Rolling Stone featured her as one of "10 New Artists You Need to Know", stating that her "gothic folk songs detailing mental illness, guns, sexual violence, poverty and death are as beautiful as they are brutal."
In March 2016, her song "Chapel" was featured in episode 14 of the sixth season of the television series The Walking Dead, titled "Twice as Far". Dollanganger later embarked on a co-headlining tour with Elvis Depressedly and Teen Suicide across the United States from August to September 2016.
2017–present: Heart Shaped Bed, touring, and collaborations
In February 2017, Dollanganger was the support act for the last leg of Code Orange's Forever tour. In May 2017, she collaborated with grindcore band Full of Hell on the title track of their LP Trumpeting Ecstasy. Later in June 2018, she joined Code Orange again for select dates of their The New Reality tour, alongside Vein and Twitching Tongues.
In 2018, she announced the release of the album Heart Shaped Bed. The first 5 songs were shared exclusively via her bandcamp on March 30th. The full 10-track album, including a newly recorded version of her single "Chapel" produced by Arthur Rizk, was released on October 26 through Crystal Math and Eerie Organization.
In 2020 she collaborated with 100 gecs, Craig Owens and Fall Out Boy on a remix of the song "hand crushed by a mallet" originally by 100 gecs, for the remix album "1000 gecs and The Tree of Clues".