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Steampunk Event: Post-Musical Menagerie

The Curtain Club of Dallas was host, once again, to a Steampunk success in music and imagination.  The Marquis of Vaudeville was in fine form.  The opening acts were a startling surprise.

I was unaware of the nature of the opening bands music.  I knew it was rock, but I did not realize that the other three bands did not have a claim to the Steampunk genre.

Maybe it was dehydration, but perhaps it was the screaming pseudo metal bands that rocked their stuff in very tight pants, but before I left the Curtain Club I most assuredly had the mother of all migraines.

This is what I came away with:

The Midnight Carnival likes to yell.  A lot.  Their front man is a petite rocker with Billy Idol-esq

Midnight Carnival Lead Singer, Steven

hair.  Actually I really liked his style.  Their sound was a mix of Billy Idol and Vernian Process. (For more on Vernian Process please see http://bit.ly/gDOQV6)

So even though my cranium was throbbing after their set I have to say I will stalk them online a little to get a better feel for their recorded tracks.

I still want to recommend them to anyone who likes their music loud.  I think you will really, really like the Midnight Carnival.

The Orange are an interesting group with a member very much dedicated to his tambourine.  He danced, he jumped, he hopped, he gyrated, and generally made love to his tambourine for an hour.  It was actually quite impressive.  My hats off Mr. Tambourine-The-Dancing-Man.

The Orange

For this particular group I took a moment to lounge on the second story of the Curtain Club.  I quite liked listening to their music.  Still loud, a bit more yelling than I am used to, but hey!  Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot and System of a Down did not make it big by themselves.  They had a following of scream loving, black t-shirt wearing metal heads.  Honestly I can’t think of a popular band to compare The Orange with, maybe it was the headache or maybe it is to their credit they are not easily boxed in…I’ll leave that to the readers and listeners discretion.  I will say this they are more like Incubus than any of the afore-mentioned heavy metal bands.

Before they took to the stage they hung out to the side of the pit close to backstage, where I happened to be.  I took a moment to carefully look them over.  Now close your eyes and imagine the Beatles in the sixties.  Just their clothes not their hair.  Yeah, that’s The Orange.  Mr. Tambourine-The-Dancing-Man sported a floral print tight button down.  Now that I’ve talked about their wardrobe more than their music I will move on.

Admiral Grey

Now…Admiral Grey.   Admiral Grey is straight up rock’n’roll.  I am now a fan of their songs “Nice Guy” & “Lose Control”.  I must say they have stage presence.  The lead singer is tall and easy on the eyes.   Their bassist is a stunning female, a long-haired head-banging brunette.  The lead guitarist is all that is suave.  The drummer…well he is a cross between a male model and a young Lars Ulrich or working on becoming the next Tommy Lee.  He thrashed, he sang along with the singer (albeit with no mic) and generally impressed the female audience with his physique.  Sex sells in a Steampunk audience too…especially in a Steampunk audience.  After all Steampunks are just fashionably posh nerds.

It was a hot, steamy, dirty, grimy evening and it was wonderful.  The Steampunks turned out in support of their favorite artists creating a carnivale of fancy and mysterium out of the otherwise normal Dallas Saturday night…actually I don’t know if I can call any Saturday night “normal” in Dallas.

Before the night got underway the city of Dallas literally did turn off the water of many of its citizens.  Oh what a dirty bunch of ‘punks there were.  Actually most of them looked like they had a bathe at some point before appearing in costume.  (I was much pleased by this.)

The last act that most of the Steampunks waited for was of course, Marquis of Vaudeville.  Their opening song was new and really, really good.  “Nightmare Machine” is one of their new songs, and I loved every second of it.

I was not alone in this.  I wish I could pen the detail of the smiling excited faces of my fellow top hat and facinator wearing crowd.  It was as though everyone turned into an excited child on Christmas morning, all giddy to open their gift.

Marquis of Vaudeville indeed did gift their fans Saturday night.

In the Steampunk community one usually finds incredibly elegant and well-mannered people.  Sure there are crusty sky pirates flying about, but there is still a level of respect they share.

The Marquis also exudes this level of elegance and well-bred manners.  Toby, the lead singer, is

Toby Lawhon of Marquis of Vaudeville & Miss. Fox

the epitome of a gentleman off the stage.

Saturday night he greeted me with a hug and a smile.  Just another reason I like the band’s music and the society of Steampunks.

I was thus saddened when my migraine reached epic proportions and I had to leave early (I was the designated driver, so it would not do to have the D.D. incapacitated further, when she was in need of operating a motor vehicle).  So I missed the Marquis second new song with a facinating and wonderful title “Bones of Knotwright Lane.”

If we are very, very lucky maybe they will post “Bones” on their Band Profile page for us to listen to.

For more information on the bands that played Saturday night please see the below links:

Admiral Grey

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Admiral-Grey/204951366205230?sk=app_2405167945

Marquis of Vaudeville

http://www.marquisofvaudeville.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marquis-of-Vaudeville/193405844056?sk=app_2405167945

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDHD-k0wrPk

The Orange

–I cannot find an online presence.  If anyone has any information please share the link on the comment section.

http://www.facebook.com/theorangeband

Midnight Carnival

–I, again, cannot find an online presence for them.  This saddens me, as I quite liked the Billy Idol/Vernian Process mix of a few of their songs.  If anyone has any information please do share.

http://www.facebook.com/midnightcarnivalmusic

UPDATE

Thanks to very helpful comments I was able to listen to more of Midnight Carnival’s music on their FB Band Page.

I am taken with “Dream”, “Familiar’s Call”, and especially “Reflections”.  These songs will have an appeal to Steampunk listeners.  For that matter, “Red Skies, Orange Horizons” will appeal too.

The timbre in Steven, the lead singer’s, voice sends chills down my spine when he reaches into his lower register.  Chills are good. Chills make me happy as a music listener.

I was also remiss in describing their stage presence.  They are one of the most energetic acts I have seen on stage.  I have not seen so much physical activity on stage since I saw Bono last fall hopping over railing on his 360 stage.

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