Monday, February 15, 2010

Steampunk Weekly - 02.15.10


Steampunk Music and Abney Park


Fictional Backstory per wikipedia:
In 2006, Abney Park transformed themselves from a largely Goth Industrial band into a Steampunk band. Since Steampunk is largely derivative from science fiction and fantasy literature, the band created a fictional backstory to "explain" the shake-up in membership and who they were now, and to set a "stage" for their new music. According to that story, the band's plane collided with a time-traveling dirigible called the Ophelia - said to have been created by a Dr. Leguminous Caligari (a reference to the 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) - in a freak storm. The band commandeered the vessel, deciding to become "airship pirates", and formed a new band from the "surviving" members of the "crash". Much of their music since that time has been based around this fictional backstory.



Airship Pirate
by Abney Park
here be the words:

Our fires high and the airbags tight
Food's low but the skies are bright
Props spinning all through the night
We're low on cash but seen another target

Goggles down and the cannons up
My blood starts pumping as I drain my cup
I give the wheel a spin and I turn this girl around
We're way above ground but we're closed in on our target

Flying Jib is filled with air
East India ships filled with despair
We even up, her broadsides bare
Our cannons flair but it’s just a show of muscle

Steady on, she doesn’t need to burn
She tries to flee and she tries to turn
Grappling fire, we latch her hull
She’s starting to roll, but we’ve got her on a leash

With a crew of drunken pilots
We’re the only airship pirates
We’re full of hot air and we’re starting to rise
We’re the terror of the skies, but a danger to ourselves now

Expendable crew starts to reel her in
Our swords are sharpened and we're ready to sin
I’m three miles up, we're about to swing aboard
My tether's made of leather so I’m not about to fall here

A swish of air and my boots hit deck
No cash, no fuel, no not a speck
Our grape shots made this bird a wreck
And a glance below deck shows a crew of nuns and orphans

With a crew of drunken pilots
We’re the only airship pirates
We’re full of hot air and we’re starting to rise
We’re the terror of the skies, but a danger to ourselves
(repeats)

here be the song:





Abney Park patches
and hey! there's a zombie one!




Blogosphere giveaway:


Boneshaker
by Cherie Priest
from adventures of cecelia bedelia
-offer ends Feb 19

*my weekly post on things steampunk (Victorian sci-fi/fantasy)
*totally inspired by steampunk posts written by Celia of adventures of cecelia bedelia

2 comments:

  1. Wow, you do such a good job finding these things. Great post.

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  2. wow! great post! my husband read boneshaker, and thought it was strange, but good.

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