Saturday, March 5, 2011
There are several fairly well-known steampunk bands out there. I've heard a couple of them live before, and I have to say: they all really look fantastic. [diplomatic smile] The sound, however, is as hit-or-miss as any genre of music - and most of what I've heard falls more on the "punk" side of steampunk. I like a pretty diverse range of music, but - prepare to call me an old fogey - crashing noise and screaming just isn't my thing.
So today, I want to introduce you to a group that's a little...ok, a lot...different than any other steampunk band I've seen.
This is Steam Powered Giraffe, "A Musical Pantomime Troupe featuring robot imitation with song." Meaning they're robot mimes, who sing. Gotta love that.
Mime has gotten a bad rap over the years, but these guys put it to amazing use. In fact, their movements are so mesmerizing that you're instantly sucked in to the performance, whether the music is to your taste or not. Just watch Rabbit, the "robot" with the goggles. Amazing, right? As a former (amateur) mime myself, I'm awed by that kind of consistent skill.
Oh, and check out his awesome make-up:
The other two guys are The Spine (silver face) and The Jon:
The girl, Upgrade, is no longer featured on their website, so I'm guessing she no longer sings with the group.
For lots more info, pictures, and video links, head on over to Steam Powered Giraffe's website. Oh, and I also heard a rumor that the group has applied to perform at Dragon*Con this year. Fingers crossed that pans out; I'd love to see them live!
John and I are on the road again this weekend, this time to a Renaissance Festival in Tampa. Stay tuned for pictures and tales of our dastardly medieval exploits, which I have no doubt will be MOST dastardly. ;)
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