Yesterday, dear patrons, I had the honor of meeting and attending a concert by the spectacular, the incredible, Frenchy and the Punk. If I may for a moment veer from the path of music, by just saying that Frenchy and the Punk (Samantha Stephenson and Scott Helland) are not only incredibly talented musicians, but also incredibly charming and gracious. In a random happenstance, I came by Frenchy in the rations facilities. Upon realizing who I had spotted across the room, I unceremoniously called attention to myself. When she realized someone was calling her attention I proceeded to babble in an incredibly undignified manner about how excited I was for the show and how they were the first steampunk music I had ever heard (other than Abney Park of course, but that’s a matter for another day). In case you’re curious I received a hug and a kind signature in my sketchbook.
As for their performance at the convention concert, it was everything I had expected and more. Their set list began with an absolutely wonderful instrumental number with their signature high-energy music. Not only did they sound as spectacular as they do off the gramophone, but they also had a sharp wit and sense of humor that made them fantastically entertaining. In the end, the Frenchy and the Punk’s talent truly showed through yesterday evening. It was quite apparent that Frenchy and the Punk were enjoying performing just as much as the crowd enjoyed their performance.
My apology for the lack of my music reviews dear patrons, Finals has taken control of any bit of spare time available for most of the crew. As a peace offering, here’s some delightful ambiance music from Alexander Farris and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
A certain day is quickly approaching, everyone is scrambling to write to a beau, make cards, and gather bouquets of brightly colored and highly meaningful flowers. Yes, dear patrons, the day honoring St.Valentine is finally upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a charming love song. “Let Me Be Your Man” by the The Cog is Dead is a part of their debut album “Steam Powered Stories”. The Cog is Dead was formed in late 2006 by Captain John Sprocket, who does lead vocals, and provides some of the guitar, keyboard, ukulele, banjo, accordion and kazoo. Sir Christoper Wolfe contributes bass, and backing vocals. Joel, the lead guitarist, also does back up vocals. Mr.Tony Seville puts his drum skills to work for the band.
Their debut album “Steam Powered Stories” showcases a variety of different styles. The album exhibits stories from the very depths of the ocean that has made home for a terrible leviathan, to a feud between two copper-workers. The Cog is Dead captures a liveliness in their music, exciting the senses and quickening the pulse. The Cog is Dead has a certain quirk to them, an unmistakeable mark of steampunk humor and sensibilities that practically define the steampunk music genre.
“Let Me Be Your Man” is refreshing in it’s lack of preoccupation with the physical appearance of the hypothetical beau. There is a certain sincerity to the song that makes this simple ditty win the listeners hearts. If that wasn’t enough to make you love the song, then Captain Sprocket’s boisterous kazoo solo is sure to win over even the most stony souls. No matter how many times I listen to “Let Me Be Your Man” I never seem to tire of it’s catchy melody and genuine nature.
Be sure to check out the rest of the “Steam Powered Stories” by The Cog is Dead.
The album is available on thecogisdead.com or in iTunes
Greetings all, last week I stumbled upon a brand new album by a band that I had mentioned way back when in my first music review. May I bring about for your auditory enjoyment, The Aeronauts, with their new album Burlesque & Balloons. The Aeronauts are located in Nashville, Tennessee. They’re composed of Brandt Cooley, on vocals and guitar, Jules Charlemagne on drums, Linda Fry on violin and backup vocals, and Justin Goldman on Bass and backup vocals.
Burlesque & Ballons opens with todays tune, Queen of Spades, which instantly sparks your interest by having a reverberating tone of mystery. The circus like cabaret feel to this album is wonderfully appealing. This album has a grand selection of songs, of which none fall short of the standard set up in the opening number. This incredibly talented band has produced an album that is certain to be enjoyed by most steampunks that have the luck to come by this collection.
As for Queen of Spades, it practically steals your heart upon first listen. With the waltz feel and audacious melody it is near impossible to not be intrigued by this song. The Aeronauts could very have easily teetered over the fine line between steampunk and punk music with this song, and their other melodies. Instead they pull off this spectacular balancing act between the two. It is evident in the composition of their music, the expression of the violin. It is evident in the articulation of their vocals. This balancing act just serves to make their music all the more impressive and enjoyable.
You can find The Aeronauts new album on iTunes, and you can find more about them on http://www.myspace.com/theaeronautsband or on their youtube www.youtube.com/user/BrandtCooley.