So once a month I am going to aim to review a Steampunk Band. I would do more reviews of music if I didn’t have this fear that I would quickly run out of bands to review. Also, I plan to be reviewing other Steampunk media, including games. I have even already lined up a guest blogger to review a game. It’s the Husband but he does do a lot of game reviews so it should be okay.
If you have something you would like me to review, or perhaps you would like to be a guest blogger, please feel free to contact me and we can go from there.
Now back to the reason for this blog – Abney Park. Now I am not overflowing with Steampunk music experience, I plan to fix that, but I do know that I absolutely LOVE Abney Park. My introduction to them came from a friend and after listening to one song, I went diving head long into finding more of their music. I have yet to listen to one song that I don’t enjoy, however, in writing this review for you guys, I have discovered that there may be a couple albums that I haven’t listened to. I am fixing that right at this moment. Hoozah for multi-tasking! I will fully admit that with my personality, I am not a hard core fan of anything so I often do not know the deep history of a band and even sometimes all the names of the band members so please don’t hate me.
Let’s start with the beginning, Abney Park did not start out as a Steampunk band. When the band was formed in 1997 they were actually a goth industrial band. It wasn’t until 2005 that they decided to jump into the Steampunk genre feet first. They created a backstory for the band and members, even created a RPG and a novel was written for it, that the band’s plane collided with a time-travelling dirigible called the Ophelia, said to have been created by a Dr. Leguminous Calgori in a freak storm. The band commandeered the vessel, deciding to become airship pirates (because who wouldn’t want to be airship pirates?), and formed a new band from the surviving members of the crash. Their music since that time has been based around this fictional backstory.
Their Steampunk albums are: The Death of Tragedy (2005), Taxidermy(2005), Lost Horizon (2008), Aether Shanties (2009), The End of Days (2010), Off the Grid (2011), Ancient World (2012), Through Your Eyes on Christmas Eve (2012) The Circus as the End of the World (2013), Live at The End of Days (2013), Nomad (2014), Wasteland (2015) and Under the Floor, Over the Wall (2016). A few of their albums do have repeats of songs found on previous albums, just a fair warning in case you feel the need to run around and buy them.
I can’t recommend this band enough and they are always my go to band when I want to listen to some Steampunk music. I enjoy the lead singer’s, Robert Brown, voice immensely, and the female singer, Jody Ellen?, that can be heard on the earlier albums is a nice compliment to Robert’s rich tones. I also figured I would start out my reviews on a positive note, I promise that I will be posting some reviews about things I don’t personally care for.
Rating for Abney Park – 5 Airships out of 5
Punk it all!