Steampunk Music

Hello everyone!

As winter is approaching us in Oamaru, we thought we would share some Steampunk bands with you to get you through the cold winter months. Enjoy!

You might be wondering: what is Steampunk music? Abney Park is a Steampunk band whose website has in depth information on steampunk music and steampunk bands. The following information has been taken from their website: http://www.abneypark.com/2015site/concerts.html

WHAT IS STEAMPUNK MUSIC? 

“Steampunk music is a modern style of music with elements that is infused with nostalgic sounds of the Victorian era.

You hear mixes of things like vaudevillian music, circus music, old shanties, swing, eastern European gypsy music, middle eastern dance , mixed with modern musics like EDM, industrial dance, etc. Instruments often featured include The Theramin , the Saw, Violin, Banjo, Accordion, Mandolin, Calliope, Pipe Organ, Puff Organ, etc.

WHY DO STEAMPUNK BANDS ALL SOUND SO DIFFERENT? 
It’s not unusual for music genera’s to be diverse. Certainly genera’s like “Rock & Roll” or “World Music” have an incredibly diverse sound, when compared with more specific genera’s like “Delta Blues”. Taylor Swift, Johnny Cash, John Denver, and Hank Williams are all country artists, and all sound very different. Many generas are diverse.

Steampunk is diverse, and because it is such a new genera (steampunk music has only been around for a little over a decade), some one unfamiliar in the scene might have a tricky time hearing the commonalities between Steampunk bands. Well, at first anyway. When you spend your life working in this genera it becomes clear as day.

Why so diverse?

First off, because Steampunk musicians draw from a very broad era. We borrow musical stylings from vaudevillian, to victorian orchestral, and a million things in between. Victorian times had a lot of different sounds. That’s not to say that there is no steampunk specific sound, it’s just that it’s much broader in possible tones and instrumentation then some musical styles.

There is also the fact that not all Steampunk bands make Steampunk music. Some times a band is simply a bunch of Steampunks, making punk rock,or folk, or 70’s rock. Nothing wrong with that, and many Steampunks love this, but that will confuse you if you are expecting all bands wearing Steampunk clothes to sound the same. Just because a band is dressed Steampunk, does not mean they are playing Steampunk music.”

Now that we have given you a brief introduction to Steampunk music, please enjoy some of our favourite bands!

Abney Park

The next band we would like to share is called The Cog is Dead

Biography

The Cog is Dead is a steampunk band with a bit of a musical identity crisis, playing music of various styles. Their influences range from rock and roll to ragtime to russian folk music and movie scores. The members all portray steampunk timetravelers from the year 1893. As a time traveling band they travel to various points of time spreading their message to save steam power and analog clockwork while playing their marvelous melodies for all to hear and enjoy. Along the way they have discovered several types of marvelous music which has helped to inspire their own.“They say you can’t please everybody… sounds like a challenge to me!”
– Captain John Sprocket
(more information on the band can be found on their Facebook page: http://www.thecogisdead.com)

Another band we would like to share is called Steam Powered Giraffe

Biography
Steampunk and Futurism mesh together with mime and music to create a breathtakingly imaginative act.Hydraulics hiss and motors hum as three robots begin to snap into mechanical movement.
Their instruments ring and the automatons begin to belt out in three part harmony.
The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance.More than just a band, Steam Powered Giraffe is an experience that must be seen and heard by the entire family.
(More information on Steam Powered Giraffe can be found on their website: http://steampoweredgiraffe.com/index.php/info/)

-Posted by Shantel Bryan, Steampunk HQ

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