As a music reviewer it is important to keep a certain degree of distance between you and the music you are reviewing, objectivity is the key and without it all a review becomes is a fan boy/girl rant. It is for that reason that I have never reviewed any album by Abney Park. It would end up being a 10,000 word essay on how bloody amazingly awesome cool they are (yes: ‘awesome cool’). It would be so flattering no-one would believe it and so long that even fans would get bored with reading it… and the band may take out restraining orders on me… even if they are an ocean away.
So I won’t mention their music in any great detail, nor review them as such. What I will do instead is lay them out on a visual platter for your eyes to devour. So without further ado I give you the Seattle-based band Abney Park. I promise you, as fantastic as they look, they sound even better ;D
The members of Abney Park have altered slightly over the years and although each deserves a mention I felt it made more sense to use only pictures of the current line up to avoid confusion. So, in the picture above, from left to right: Nathaniel Johnstone, Jody Ellen, Captain Robert, Kristina Erickson and Daniel Cederman.
Captain Robert: The band’s front man and undisputed leader (they don’t call him the captain for nothing!). Besides lead vocals he also plays: Darbuka, Diatonic button accordion, harmonica, bouzouki, bağlama and ukulele!
Daniel Cederman: Master of the Flintlock Bass and damn nifty on the acoustic guitar Daniel brings the firepower!
Kristina Erickson: With her keyboard and piano prowess Kristina provides the band with the atmosphere that has made them what they are.
Nathaniel Johnstone: Guitar, violin, mandolin, banjo… Nathaniel seems to have mastered them all… switching between them all during songs can prove difficult however! Fortunately there are always fans willing to lend a hand!
Jody Ellen: Vocals also, but by no means backing; Jody brings a new level of vocal diversity to the crew!
Out of all the Steampunk bands and stories created, none seem so complete as that which Abney Park have created around themselves….
Their attention to detail, both with their instruments as well as their outfits is astounding.
These are people who Live their music. It really is their world. And it shows.
And all the work they’ve put in is greatly appreciated; their fan base grows on a daily basis. There are very few in the Steampunk community who don’t know of them.
And don’t go thinking their instruments and clothes are shop bought! Steampunk is the style of the creative and as such almost everything in these pictures has either been made from scratch by the band themselves or bought and altered. All you need is imagination and will power when it comes to Steampunk. They have barrels of both.
Their community is ever-growing, they have very active Facebook and Myspace accounts and all their music so far can be found on Itunes. Their website is also a great port of call for those of you that want to find out more!
If everyone dressed like this the world would be a better place… visually at least!
It is heartwarming to see a band so immersed their own lore. They are a force of musical nature.
Live they are superb; they care a huge amount about their fans and happily hang out before and after gigs. Personally I have never felt so appreciated for appreciating good music!
I have yet to find a song of theirs I don’t like, and I have over a dozen that I completely Love.
Goddamnit Abney Park, I salute and support you in all your endeavors! I was lucky enough to see them in London a few years ago, and even luckier to get the picture below:
I’m surprised I’ve been able to keep it as brief as I have! There is so much more I could say, but the rest is yours to discover.
As mentioned they are available through:
And also Itunes
Their website is the best place to start: http://www.abneypark.com/
They are, as you may have guessed, my favorite band. And although some may disagree I think of Abney Park as being the forefront in music and style when it comes to the genre of Stemapunk. But more importantly they are making music that they want to make, and they are designing, making, and wearing clothes that matches their music perfectly.
They are a band that lives what they do, and loves what they create. And for that reason they have my respect, and my almost crazy level of fandom.
Till next time; I’m on the airship with the biggest guns… come get me…
– Zero Nine