Tag: Decemberists

15 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, This Way to the Egress

 

First off–what a great band name.  This Way to the Egress, I can get behind that name.  This is another Steampunk band–or, according to their Dragon*Con profile, “an Ole Tymey Gypsypunk- Cabaret.”  The band is Philadelphia-based and is composed primarily of ‘Tyrant” Taylor Galassi, “Saddle Sarah Shown,” and Mischief M@ Verderosa.  The band also includes a rotating number of guest performers to supplement the main trio.

Here’s a little clip from their website bio:  “This Way to the Egress is an Ole Tymey – Gypsypunk- Cabaret. With a valiant effort to “bring the show back to the people” they are a revolving door of musical mayhem, sideshow, burlesque, and comedy leaving a modern twist on the good old days of Vaudeville. Like a renegade theater of sorts, they weave visual antics with eclectic sounds creating an experience unlike any other in their genre.”

So many Steampunk bands guys!  How on earth are we ever going to tell them apart?!  Oh well, let us listen to some music:

So that’s a video that shows lots of clips from their performances–yep, it looks like they have lots of live, circus-y act components to their shows, specifically components including attractive ladies during shimmy-ish things.

This video has a nine-year old kid in it!  Not entirely sure why.

Ack!  A Steampunk band in the daylight!

Oh hey, they played this one in Chapel Hill! Funsies.

Talking points:

–Steampunk band from Philadelphia

–Three main members

–Lots of circus-y components and shimmy-shimmy ladies.

Two thumbs up, because they sort of sound like aspects of the Decemberists that I like, and also like Beirut, and also who doesn’t love a fire-breather?

 

28 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Frenchy and the Punk

Four weeks!  Four weeks!  La la la la la la!  Are y’all excited?  I’m SO. EXCITED.  I also need to finish up some of my costumes and also why aren’t my Cosplay.com wigs here yet?  Anticipation!

Anyways, today’s band profile is Frenchy and the Punk.  I am pretty certain that I saw them at the Time Traveler’s Ball during Dragon*Con 2010, when I still sort of liked Steampunk (in case you haven’t heard, I am over Steampunk and I am also pretty sure that Steampunk is over).  I don’t remember much of their music, but I do remember that there was a girl in the crowd with one of those glass Jareth balls, and she was doing some pretty fantastic tricks with it.

Okay, so according to their Dragon*Con profile, Frenchy and the Punk fuse “foot-stompin’ bohemian cabaret, world music, French chanson and `80’s punk, with vaudeville charm, steampunk flair and a pixie spirit the duo’s performances are a high energy theatrical spectacle. They captivate crowds by seamlessly blending raucous, danceable old-world melodies with cheeky stories sung in English and French and exhilarating Taiko meets Blue Man Group drum and percussion instrumentals.”  Okie dokie.  My general issue with “Steampunk” music is that it all sounds like a cheap imitation of Beirut or the Decemberists, both of whom I very much enjoy and both of whom get the whole “other era” music thing down pretty well, in my general opinion.  I didn’t dislike Frenchy and the Punk, I just couldn’t exactly tell you what they sounded like.

Maybe these music videos can help?

Okay so that’s fine, but I still like Beirut and the Decemberists better and also Steampunk is tired, guys.

Talking points:

–Female lead singer

–Steampunky band

–Steampunky clothes

One thumb up, the music is fine but I wouldn’t seek it out.