Many Steampunk Music & Events

For those of you interested in the steampunk music scene here in the UK (or in steampunk music more generally) there’s certainly a lot going on at the moment. So much so, in fact, that we feel obliged to tell you about some of it.

By way of new releases, over the next two months there are some absolute crackers. For starters, Ghostfire’s world-renowned ‘The Last Steampunk Waltz’ is out tomorrow (24th April) from when it will be available for purchase through their website. Not only is the waltz the sort of catchy crowd-pleaser that you’d expect from Ghostfire, but both the title track and the B-Side ‘Hand of Glory’ are thoroughly well-recorded and is guaranteed to get you looking for your dancing shoes, whether you can waltz or not!

Next up, Now That’s What I Call Steampunk! Volume 1, the debut album from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing is out on the 24th May. The Men are pretty much the only steampunk band who are as committed to putting the punk back into steampunk as we are (kicking and screaming, if necessary), and as far as we’re concerned that alone makes this worth a listen. The album is available through Amazon with more information appearing on The Men’s MySpace page as and when they have it. And, if the glowing review that we gave it in the latest issue of the magazine isn’t recommendation enough, then how’s this for you: SteamPunk Magazine’s UK publishing collective Vagrants Among Ruins are so impressed with Now That’s What I Call Steampunk! that they have teamed up with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing to bring you a special, wax cylinder edition of the album (the first music release including a wax cylinder for the best part of a century) which you can find on the Vagrants website.

Last, but by no means least, Brighton-based band Bitter Ruin (who are going to be playing at our Seaside Spectacular in June) have a new album, Hung, Drawn & Quartered out two days later on 26th May. We will be reviewing the album in Issue #8 of SPM (due out in October) so we aren’t going to say too much just now, but suffice to say that Bitter Ruin are one of the best bands that we’ve encountered in a long, long time and Hung, Drawn & Quartered is them at their very best. Again, you can find out more about the album on the band’s website.

If all of that isn’t enough for you, then there are a couple of events happening as well—both in the UK and online. First and foremost, Trousseaux (who shall be sharing the stage with Bitter Ruin at the Seaside Spectacular) have got together with MC Elemental of ‘Cup of Brown Joy’ fame (who we recently met—and managed to get into trouble—at White Mischief’s ‘Great Exhibition’ in London) as well as Ghostfire and The Peryls to bring you the Steampunk Musical Showcase & Magical Emporium at Hector’s House in Brighton on 28th May (starting at 8.30pm). Tickets are £5, and should you decide to come along then be sure to check in with us there. We may, or may not be bringing some copies of SteamPunk Magazine with us, depending on how we’re feeling!

The very last thing we have to tell you about is the competition being held by our very good friends Sunday Driver. They have recently released the short video ‘Exceedingly Good Steam’, which is not only very good fun, but also contains a number of unexpected cover versions which they are invited people to guess at. If you get them right, then you could win two copies of their album and a whole host of other goodies. The tie-breaker is a caption competition which they have asked SteamPunk Magazine editor Allegra Hawksmoor to help judge, so you had best get your thinking caps on!

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