But it takes a lot of work. During a break in rehearsal, Melanson complains about the capes she has to resew when she gets home. With her big heels and bigger hair, Melanson is not only the voice of the band, she is also its look. She recreates the whimsical wardrobe of her hero by hand, and each set features a dozen or more costume changes: Bedazzled capes, top hats covered in feathers, and black velvet gloves are only a small part of her arsenal of apparel. Melanson has been naked backstage more times than she can count, struggling to wiggle into whatever costume the song calls for.