Tag: Music video

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.

29 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Freezepop

Freezepop is a Boston-based band who will be playing Dragon*Con on Saturday night (Sunday morning) at 1:30am in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom.  Here’s their Dragon*Con profile.

Freezepop does electropop.  I’m just going to drop in their first paragraph from their Dragon*Con profile, because it explains things better than I can:  “Freezepop has always been something of an oxymoron: embraced by both cool kids and nerds; serious about irony; and retro-futuristic. A synth band in a guitar videogame, singing pop songs about rock. And now their good and evil sides are on full view in a custom-built video player, a collaboration between the band members (who know a thing or two about making cool web stuff) and video director Michael Gill (whose other credits include Amanda Palmer and the Dropkick Murphys).”  The band also describes itself as “”sweet and cold and fruity and plastic-y”.  Sort of like an actual freezepop, get it?

(Is the video game mentioned above happening at Dragon*Con?  I have no idea).

In other news, this band is ADORABLE.  Two adorable dudes, two adorable ladies, wearing adorable clothes and not feeling any need to resort to gothy eye makeup or tattoos or black hair dye or weird piercings or kilts or dulcimers.  I RESPECT THIS GUYS,  this is a refreshing change of pace from the other bands I have profiled so far.  Although they do have a very chic, edgy look about them:

Oh God, guys, look at that keytar.  They sort of have an 80s New Wave look about them, don’t they?

So, how about we listen to some music?

KEYTARS GUYS.  THAT MUSIC VIDEO HAD KEYTARS.  Everything is better with keytars.

SO 80S.  Wasn’t that amazing?  I thought that was amazing.  MORE MUSIC PLEASE.

Shopping about 18 hours a day sounds about right.  I think I might be falling in love with Freezepop y’all.

Yesss I will so White People dance to the music guys.  Freezepop is a total winner.

Talking points:

-Boston-based electropop band with two guys and two girls

–New wave aesthetic, vaguely 80s sound

–KEYTAR

TWO THUMBS WAAAAAAAY UP GUYS.  LET US ALL GO TO THE FREEZEPOP PARTY.  1:30am on Saturday (Sunday morning) in the Marriott Atrium.  Let us see if I can stay up that late!