The Aethernet Explorer: Awesome Steampunk Bands!
Greetings fellow Aethernauts! Lady J here. Sorry for the delay, I’ve been very busy in my travels around the Aethersphere!
If you are like me and find yourself on a long journey, the best thing to have to accompany that is… music! Thus my report this week is a brief introduction to some of the wonderful steampunk-related bands out there! This is by no means an exhaustive list, it is merely meant to be a compass of sorts to point you in the right direction.
Abney Park (www.abneypark.com) – This band is one of the most famous if not THE most famous musical groups in the Steampunk world. Based out of Seattle and led by Captain Robert, this band of pirates has not only created 13 albums, and performed in countless live shows throughout the world, they have also created a whole roleplaying game based off of their world and a novel to go with it!
The Dresden Dolls (www.dresdendolls.com) – Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione have created a hugely successful group that combines dark cabaret with steampunk and circus elements. They have performed in sold-out shows around the world, and even toured with Cyndi Lauper, Deborah Harry, Rufus Wainwright, and others.
Jill Tracy (www.jilltracy.com) – Ms. Tracy considers herself to be a representative of the “elegant side of the netherworld.” Her music is a combination of glam noir, dark cabaret, post classical, and gothic rock music. Her music has been well-received, and a short film was even made based off her song “The Fine Art of Poisoning”.
Professor Elemental (www.professorelemental.com) – One of the main members of the genre known as “chap hop”, he performs hip hop as it might have sounded during the Victorian era, complete with a pith helmet. He was previously in a feud with fellow chap hop artist Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer, however they have since resolved their differences and have even appeared in each other’s videos.
Steam Powered Giraffe (www.steampoweredgiraffe.com) – This “musical pantomime troupe”, as they describe themselves, is a group of robots who perform shows serving up a combination of comedy, pantomime, and of course, wonderful music! The band’s members have changed throughout the years, but at their core they are a phenomenal group of artists.
These are just a few of the wonderful array of bands out there, and I do hope you will test them all and see what you like. For another gateway, the wonderful resource Wikipedia has a page specifically for steampunk music: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Steampunk_music.
Happy travels and Listening!
Lady J (and Percy)