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Author Topic: More Steampunk Bands then you can shake a stick at.  (Read 27805 times)
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« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2008, 01:08:36 pm »

Do screaming banshee aircrew have an internet presence?
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« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2008, 02:40:37 pm »

It might be guessed that the type of music I usually listen to is more of the Celtic stuff (Despite being all about. Dresden Dolls <3) and some of the old immigrant and worker songs are pretty steamy. I cite Paddy Works on the Railway
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Would the Pogues perhaps fall under your heading of folk-punk?
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They do some covers of a few of the aforementioned tracks.
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« Reply #27 on: February 26, 2008, 03:43:38 am »

Good to see you have some free time Robert!

 Thanks for the list, you've given me food to track down to feed my hungry ipod!  I'll be seeing you perform March 1st, and I'm bringing what looks like about 5 people from the forum.  Hopefully we can all say hello after you're done.  First drink after for you and your crew is on me, and that's a promise Cheesy

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« Reply #28 on: February 26, 2008, 03:58:26 am »

Actually, if'n you fancy things along the actually old folksy music, I would recommend some of Great Big Sea's work.  Much of their songs are lifted from old forgotten popular tunes song books from the good ol' days.  If one were so inclines, the lyrics of them could easily be reworked towards a more steamish bent.  It would be interesting to hear the folk and work tunes of a past that never was, if ye ken my drift.
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« Reply #29 on: February 26, 2008, 06:54:37 pm »

'Tis true, the scene is expanding and the first sign of anything like that happening is bands popping up. The elitism has died down, which is wonderful. I think I missed the wave of it by a month or so, which is good as otherwise I think it would have put me off. It's nice to have an identity, but to try and put contraints on something so wide-reaching and vague in its definition is silly.
Glad to hear there's a new album, both Robert and VP. I can't wait to see the day when we can actually get your CDs in our shops over here. Then again, it's nice to be into something obscure, if you know what I mean.
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« Reply #30 on: February 28, 2008, 12:11:53 am »

What if you have a steam powered mechanical stick shaker?

I would suggest engaging the services of your local Morris Team. You could then shake sticks at more than one at a time.

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« Reply #31 on: February 28, 2008, 01:51:49 am »

What about bands like I Would Set Myself On Fire For You and 65DaysOfStatic? While they don't really identify themselves as steampunk, I've found that both have a very steampunk-y feek to them. The combination of classical instruments with post-hardcore punk and "post-rock" settings respectively really work for me.

And the Pogues rock. They folk-rock. Grin
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« Reply #32 on: February 28, 2008, 10:01:11 am »

The song Process Man, there, is done by Great Big Sea. They do have a few good ones. Donkey Riding, one of my favorites, apparently has nothing to do with donkeys and refers to riding upon a certain design of steam vehicle at the time of its writing...

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« Reply #33 on: February 28, 2008, 02:25:22 pm »

The song Process Man, there, is done by Great Big Sea. They do have a few good ones. Donkey Riding, one of my favorites, apparently has nothing to do with donkeys and refers to riding upon a certain design of steam vehicle at the time of its writing...

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« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2008, 10:09:03 am »

Yeah I too have noticed this, and I agree that none of us sound the same. I suppose you've heard the Unextraordinary Gentlemen by now right? I'm a pretty big fan of their stuff, as they share many of my influences.

As you well know I was quite vocal and adamant about what is and isn't Steampunk awhile ago, but I've since then decided to just leave it alone, and let people interpret the style as they see fit.

I know that what I make I consider to be influenced by Steampunk, and that's good enough for me. Actually I've titled my work rather tongue-in cheekily "Steamwave" lol. Which in spite of the silly nature of the term actually fits quite well.

Oh and I forgot to say earlier... welcome to Brass Goggles! This forum rules, I'm sure you'll blow plenty of time perusing its various threads. Wink

...not that I haven’t tried!

Have you noticed you can't turn around these days without bumping into a new Steampunk band?  Honestly, I think its great, provided we can all get along. We need more, because we need enough to support music festivals, and what not!

Granted, the genre is so new that these bands all have NOTHING in common....except maybe goggles. Wink Hopefully, we can all keep from that old pitfall, "That’s not a REAL Steampunk band". The Goth scene was horrible that way.

The next thing people tend to do is slice the scene up. "We aren't a Goth band, we are a rivet-punk-emo band!" I've seen some Steampunk slicing already, but it’s so unnecessary. Can't we just all admit their will be variations on the theme? 

Whats the point of this rant? I guess it's this: The scene is growing by leaps and bounds. Lets all try to play nicly, so it can me a fun scene to be in!



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« Reply #35 on: May 11, 2008, 06:19:02 am »



I don't know if you want to call it Steampunk per se, but it definately has a Victorian style and sensibility to it. Sorry if someone else has already suggested Globus!
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« Reply #36 on: May 20, 2008, 03:20:07 pm »

"Who but Abney Park, Vernian Process..."

Funny, you should ask, since the only reason I didn't include that on this topic was I assumed this topic was already on this forum. Here are a couple more I know of:

  • Screaming Banshee Airship Crew
    The Cassettes
    The Strand


Interesting, I know some folk in the band 'Screaming Banshee Air Crew', but was not aware of the AirSHIP crew... hmmm
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« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2008, 07:54:48 pm »

coming to this thread late, but I appreciate the music reccomendations, Robert!
Abney Park was my intro to steampunk as a scene, I had always been a fan of classic literature, steampunk games and stories, movies, but had no idea that there were other people transforming it into music and an entire "scene" per se.
I still identify strongly with goth, I love industrial music, and sci-fi/cybergoth styled clothes and clubs. As to the 'that's not goth' maybe I'm fortunate that where I live the goth clubs are very open minded, and have so far loved the few steamy folks that have come in. shoot..one of the most popular guys at asylum is a black kid who wears a backwards baseball cap and breakdances all night. he adds character and variety to the place.
I certainly hope the steampunk community remain open and tolerant to anyone who wants to identify as "steampunk" no matter what they wear or music they like.
I've been a lurker here for a few months, but finally decided to register and get participating. It's been nothing but fun so far!
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« Reply #38 on: May 21, 2008, 09:09:14 pm »

Given the new and amorphous quality of the steampunk music scene, I don't really think argument should be made based upon the style of music played. Instead, I suggest a solution for objectively evaluating the "steampunkiness" of a band:

I propose that inclusion of a particular band into the Steampunk genre should be solely determined by the presence of goggles during creation or performance of the music. The greater the number of goggles within a 100 yard radius, the more steampunk the band. (the first band to perform in a goggle factory warehouse wins!)
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« Reply #39 on: May 22, 2008, 01:08:12 am »

LOL... I guess I lose then Tongue

Not a goggle lens to be found on my person, as I feel I would need a practical reason to wear them.

Given the new and amorphous quality of the steampunk music scene, I don't really think argument should be made based upon the style of music played. Instead, I suggest a solution for objectively evaluating the "steampunkiness" of a band:

I propose that inclusion of a particular band into the Steampunk genre should be solely determined by the presence of goggles during creation or performance of the music. The greater the number of goggles within a 100 yard radius, the more steampunk the band. (the first band to perform in a goggle factory warehouse wins!)
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« Reply #40 on: May 22, 2008, 08:40:41 pm »

I stumbled upon a band by the name of FutureKind. I do not know a lot about them, but the only music video I'd found of theirs' certainly has Steampunk influence. Good song too
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« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2008, 11:44:02 pm »

Clevinger, Thanks for the "heads-up" on FutureKind.
I heard the tunes they have on their MySpace-- not bad.
And, yes, they do certainly dress the part (the guys anyway)
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« Reply #42 on: May 23, 2008, 05:48:48 am »

holy hand grenades!
I didn't realize Vernian Process had offered all their albums for free download on the web page!
I've been listening in on myspace and internet radio, planning to look 'em up after payday for the cd's..
but now the'y're all at my fingertips. What a treasure trove.
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« Reply #43 on: June 02, 2008, 07:22:55 pm »

I write music as Life Toward Twilight. I wouldn't qualify my music as steampunk, per se, though a lot of people seem to like to compare my music with Vernian Process. I did write an album in 2006 titled "I Swear By All the Flowers" that seems to appeal to people into steampunk material. Most of my work is sort of neoclassical/ambient in nature, but I decided I wanted to do a really gentle, soundscape album with a very rustic edge. So on "I Swear By All The Flowers", I made an album that uses sound sources exclusively from data technology, machines, wax cylinders, music boxes, clocks, and the human voice. It is very clearly an atmospheric, ambient style recording, so is very drastically different from Abney Park and the likes stylistically. Still, if you are interested in something appropriate for the background, you may enjoy it. =)
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« Reply #44 on: June 02, 2008, 07:47:04 pm »

I tend to agree with you VP on the Goggles thing.  Wink  But to each their own. Smiley

Thanks to everyone for all the great music choices. My computer is going to go nuts tonight when I get back home to listen to all of it. LOL
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« Reply #45 on: June 03, 2008, 09:49:11 pm »

I certainly hope the steampunk community remain open and tolerant to anyone who wants to identify as "steampunk" no matter what they wear or music they like.
I've been a lurker here for a few months, but finally decided to register and get participating. It's been nothing but fun so far!

I think this phenomena is mostly due to that there really isn't any steampunk, its just a collective name on a very broad collection of genres  and the "Alternate History 19th century"-theme in the middle of it. So its very lose, but still defined. Its easy to recognise something steampunk yet theres so much to do in it. Its like, we all have little brass boxes with cogs running around in the machinery and victorian beauty on the outside of the box. But INSIDE the box, theres no telling what to find.
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« Reply #46 on: June 04, 2008, 12:00:59 pm »

Indeed. There might be a dead cat! Then again...
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« Reply #47 on: June 05, 2008, 03:35:32 am »

There are more steampunk bands than Abney Park?
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« Reply #48 on: June 06, 2008, 05:06:22 pm »

mwahaha!!!!
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« Reply #49 on: June 09, 2008, 07:34:27 pm »

Pfft you've clearly been reading some pitifully inaccurate history books.

Everybody knows that what happened was that after a wild night out on the town with Heisenberg, Occam shaved Schroedinger's cat, thusly sparking one of the greatest scientific feuds ever to scorch the pages of history.
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