Friday, December 7

Sleep Steampunk Addie

Momma and I are excited to be a part of the Marketing Team for Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention II in Tucson, especially since we shall get the opportunity to hear some of our favorite steampunk bands, including the quintessential Abney Park.

Abney Park (named after Abney Park Cemetery in London, England) is a steampunk band based in Seattle that mixes industrial dance, world music, and steampunk-influenced lyrics.

Formerly a goth band, Abney Park transformed themselves in early 2005 into a steampunk band. As part of that transformation, Abney Park invented fictional identities of themselves.

Since steampunk is largely derived from science fiction and fantasy literature, the band also created a fictional backstory to explain the shake-up in membership and who they were now, and to set a stage for their new music.
Abney Park comes from an era that never was, but one that we wish had been. An era where airships waged war in the skies, and corsets and cumberbuns were proper adventuring attire. They've picked up their bad musical habits, scoundrelous musicians, and anachronistically hybridized instruments from dozens of locations and eras that they have visited in their travels and thrown them into one riotous dervish of a performance. Expect clockwork guitars, belly dancers, flintlock bassists, middleastern percussion, violent violin, and Tesla powered keyboards blazing in a post- apocalyptic, swashbuckling, Steampunk musical mayhem.

Sometimes called the "quintessential" steampunk band, Abney Park has been featured in major news media and has performed at numerous festivals, including World Steam Expo, Dragon*Con, Steamcon, and Wild Wild West Con.

Their music has also appeared in several movie soundtracks,  and their song Sleep Isabella was used in the HBO series True Blood Season 5 episode We'll Meet Again.

(For a mere $500 Captain Robert will work with you to alter the lyrics of Sleep Isabella to be about your loved one. Then he will re-sing this song, and create your own custom version.)

In keeping with the season, Abney Park just released a Christmas album, Through Your Eyes on Christmas Eve.

I cannot wait until March!

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