In place of Photo Friday - this week I'm talking music.
A few weeks back I was contacted by Townsville indie steampunk band, The Littmus Steampunk Band
. They wanted to know if I was interested in listening to their work. Why not
, I said. Richard said he'd send me a CD to check out.
I found their youTube channel. I listened to a couple of songs, liked what I heard and awaited my pressie in the post. Not long after I got a very pleasant surprise. I was expecting one CD i the post. I received three!
First thing I noticed was the band had female musicians through its various incarnations. This was lovely to see (though many steampunk bands appear to have female members - woot!)
Next, was the cover artwork (well, I am an artist). My favrourite was the clock on Grand Hotel (#2). The third album, Watching You We Are
, is striking, with a metallic-makeuped model.
Richard sent a note with the CDs and recommended I listen to them in order (and was kind enough to number them); I recommend the same as there is a progressive story threaded through various songs on each album. (very clever). These are the 6th, 7th and 8th of their CDs with a steampunk style.
I like music that is a little different - with an interesting voice, unusual key changes or a quirky chorus. Richard (The Red Gentleman)'s voice has a steampunky-folksy-cabaret feel, with an accent sliding from Australian to English, depending on the song.
The music is fun and relaxing (and great writing music! I got two scenes completed listening to the CDs). I found myself tapping my toe and singing along on many of the songs.
The band's Facebook page describes their music as Steampunk Pop/ Folk. I think I'd describe their style as steampunk folk cabaret
One of my favourite songs is Say Goodbye to Steampunk
. (The answer of course is 'I don't think so.')
Band members are:
Richard (The Red Gentleman - Guitar / Vocals)
Keith (Mungo Stoker - Electric Guitar)
Jemma (Commander J - Bass)
Tony (Harbottle Grimstone) - Congas, Ukelele
Sam (Countess Victoria Edison_Ives- Violin)
Where to find The Littmus Steampunk Band:
Record Label: Syrup Records
Verdict: If you like The Cog is Dead
(one of my favourite steampunk bands), I think you'll like The Littmus Steampunk Band.
Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle/ ©Littmus Steampunk Band.