Steampunk Music for the Holidays: Abney Park, Madam Misfit, and More

Friday, December 17, 2021

Want to celebrate the holidays in steampunk style? Here’s a sampling of holiday-themed tunes, old and new, from musical acts that cater to steampunk fans. They include selections from Abney Park, Madam Misfit, Professor Elemental, Mr. B, Fermata, Frenchy and the Punk, and more.

New from Abney Park is Christmas Contraptions, an album featuring eight holiday-themed tracks, including covers and originals.

“Blue Christmas,” the opener, has bandleader Robert Brown channeling his Inner Elvis. The band also sets “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” to music and does a rocking version of “You’re a Mean One Mister Grinch.” Back on Nov. 11, they released a music video of an original composition, “The Crimson Intruder.”

The album is available as a $15 digital download from the Abney Park store, or you can order a $30 three-album bundle that also includes the band’s Dark Christmas and Through Your Eyes on Christmas Eve. The latter, featuring classics such as “O Holy Night,” “We Three Kings,” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” is also available separately on Amazon, Apple Music, and Spotify.

The Grinch has been described as the “anti-icon of Christmas,” and last year Electro Swing Thing released a single and music video featuring Madam Misfit’s take on the character. The music was composed by Wolfgang Lohr with lyrics by the Madam herself.

Professor Elemental played Santa in 2020 with “Professor Elemental’s Twelve Days of Christmas,” a music video in which he gifted a steam-powered Christmas tree and other holiday treats. The video featured art and lyrics by Rob Stephens.

Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer brought his trademark sense of humor to the holidays last year with his single and music video “I’m Getting The Blame For Christmas,” available as a digital download from Bandcamp.

But his holiday magnum opus was no doubt Mr. B’s Christmas Album from 2015, featuring festive numbers such as “I Saw Your Father Beat a Man to Death In Tesco’s.” It’s also available from Bandcamp.

Acoustic chamber rock ensemble Fermata offered a folkier take on the season with last year’s “December Days.” Guitarist Eli August has also compiled a Spotify playlist with three other holiday songs performed by band members: “This is Our Christmas,” “Whole Heart Shine,” and “25.”

“This is Our Christmas” is performed by Leesaleigh, a side project featuring August and Fermata vocalist Lisa Mazza Hamilton.

As we’ve reported, Fermata staged a comeback last August with the release of Ever Colder, its first album since Only Ghosts Remain in 2009. Much of the band’s music is available on Bandcamp, but not the holiday tunes, at least for now.

Frenchy and the Punk also got into the holiday spirit last year, but it might not be the holiday you’re thinking of. They released a music video of “Halloween for Christmas,” a track from their 2013 Cartwheels EP.

“All I want for Christmas is a time machine

to take me back to Halloween

’cause that’s the holiday that makes sense to me

when goblins and ghouls come over for tea”

It’s available as a single on Bandcamp.

Gothic metal duo Valentine Wolfe has a whole discography of holiday-themed music, beginning with “A Victorian Christmas Haunting,” a single from 2013. They followed that with two full-length albums, The Ghosts of Christmas Past (2015) and Winternight Whisperings (2018), as well as the 2016 single “Krampusnacht.” All are available on Bandcamp.

Back in 2016, The Eternal Frontier released Season’s GEAReetings from The Eternal Frontier, an EP consisting of three original compositions plus “Snoopy’s Christmas,” first recorded in 1967 by The Royal Guardsmen. It’s available on Spotify.

Finally, A Very Steampunk Christmas is an aptly named 2010 EP from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing.

It includes two original compositions, “Ebenezer’s Carol” and “Fox,” plus raucous versions of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Silent Night.” The EP is available on Bandcamp and Apple Music.

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