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New Music: Abney Park, Steam Powered Giraffe, and The Cog Is Dead

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Three of the biggest names in steampunk music—Abney Park, Steam Powered Giraffe, and The Cog Is Dead—are out with new videos.

Abney Park released “Don’t Let Another Captain Captain Your Boat,” a music video from its forthcoming album The Sub Aquatic Opera. The video has band leader Captain Robert Brown at the helm of a steampunk submersible.

The album, featuring 10 new original tracks, is set for release on Oct. 21. The band says its goal was to make songs that feel like “classic fan favorites.” The album is now available for pre-order via Indiegogo. Cost is US$15 for a digital download and $30 for an autographed CD.

To celebrate the release, Abney Park is also planning a live streaming concert on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Tickets cost $15 and are also available from Indiegogo.

Steam Powered Giraffe released “Bad Days on the Horizon,” another video from its latest album, 1896. The video features The Spine (David Michael Bennett) on lead vocals with postapocalyptic art and animation by Samuel Luke. Watch out for Rabbit (Isabella Bunny Bennett) in her spidercopter and Zer0 (Bryan Barbarin) fronting a locomotive.

The song itself runs for about a third of the video, after which The Spine thanks Patreon supporters and then ruminates on life in a hand-drawn hellscape.

The album, released last year, is available from the SPG online store as well as Bandcamp and Apple Music.

The Cog is Dead released “Old Merkwerkee,” a single and lyric video with a Wild West theme. It tells the story of a frontier town besieged by hail stones and robot buffalo.

“You have got to be prepared to take on anything you face,” sings band leader John Sprocket. “When the cards are stacked against you and there’s no one to defend you, then your challenge has to be embraced.” You can watch the video to see how the town folk respond.

The single is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and other music platforms. See the YouTube page for more info.

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