Saturday, July 14, 2007

Steampunk Media: Abney Park

Whilst planning to update/consolidate my links, I discovered that I was guilty of a terrible inequity! Although I have mentioned Mr. Vernian Process in my writings, I have never provided the spotlight to the steampunk group Abney Park. A band of musicians hailing from Seattle, their music is hauntingly exotic and exhilarating to enjoy!

Their ship, the Ophelia

Instead of attempting to become a music review, I shall quote a professional review from cnet, providing a bit more background on the group...

Evocative of both old-world mystery and futuristic technology, Abney Park is a strong and original musical presence in a genre far too used to formula. Music & lyrics both dark and mystical, Abney Park creates an emotional and cerebral world unlike most anything found in the gothic genre today. Ghost stories & Nightmares, myths & magic float in and out of a music that bounces between industrial dance and symphonic epics – from the dark western forests to the deserts of the far east.

Robert "Dread Captain Robert" Brown - Songs, Lead Vocals, Darbuka, Piloting

Abney Park began in the late 90’s, but their popularity exploded with the onset of internet music, with much success through in the early 2000’s. The band was a regular chart topper, often holding the number 1 – 5 positions in Goth and Darkwave, and Industrial Dance music charts.

Magdalene "Screaming" Veen - Songs, Couture, Vocals, Undulations, Infusionistics, Internauting, Protective Headgear

Abney Park's music has been featured on a number of movie soundtracks, including "Insomnis Amour", "Goth", and "Lord of the Vampires". The band's music has also been featured in many compilation CD’s, including Cleopatra Records “The Unquiet Grave” vol. III, "Annihilation and Seduction", "Eighteen" and many more.

Kristina "Angel" Erickson - Keyboards, Vocals, Navigation, Accounting, Skepticism

Abney Park has performed all over the North America, appearing in Portland, Chicago, Las Vegas, Reno, Hollywood, and countless shows in their home base of Seattle. members of their loyal, cult following have been know to travel from as far away as Mexico City, and New Zealand just to see them perform.

Review located at:

Jean-Paul "Engineer" Mayden- Bass, Public Nudity
(please don't make me show pictures)

Thier website is a veritable work of art - if anything, please take the time to pay it a visit... it is perhaps one of the best "Steampunk-esque" representations I have ever seen online!

Nathaniel "Two Sheds" Johnstone- Guitar, Violin, Stockroom, Doling Out the Shots (Drinkable and Otherwise)

Not only is their webpage a joy to visit, but they have a good number of downloads, including eleven free songs, to better grasp their musical stylings...

A photo during their voyages...

If you wish to learn more about Abney Park, please refer to the following locations...

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