I would love to play a Deadlands game set in the same cosmology as these albums and videos
While I enjoyed the music of Repo The Genetic Opera and The Devil’s Carnival, I thought the stories didn’t hang together well. That’s probably why I like this best of that creative team’s ventures; I think they do a lot better with short, concise stories told through individual songs.
It’s interesting to see the musical style shift from “meticulous recreations of the sound of actual folksongs” in Dawn to “fuck it, we’re doing a rock album” in Donner Party.
I also really like the use of modern day thinking about serial killers as applied to old-fashioned murder ballads, as seen in the song Quiet Johnny.
Mary from the song of the same name did nothing wrong. Her tragedy, if I was in any way a writer of any of this mythos, is that she believes what she did constitutes murder. It did not.
No idea what happened in Lullaby, though.
The Donner Party is my favorite of the albums, because of the videos introducing the songs where the guys do terrifying/hilarious Rod Serling impressions.
Also, gothy pioneer girls in severe outfits gogo dancing to rock songs about cannibals is my aesthetic.
It really does suck that Voltaire was in some of the videos but never sang.
I really want fanfiction for this whole series of stories which sort of does and sort of doesn’t combine as a whole!
I’m totally buying that card deck they have on their website.
we open on Kid Rock doing a show at a private party. Instead of the loud, dancing audience you'd expect, it's a group of mild-mannered nerd, immediately juxtaposing with Kid Rock's music and giving us a sense of atmosphere. Enter Richard Hendriks and his roommates-- these are our heroes. As they look around the party...