From the shores of my beloved Britain come The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and they have prepared quite an excellent present for us for Christmas:
Powerful, fast and cunningly arranged music for a loud Steampunk Christmas. Oh Joy-Oi-Oi! Just what I like… And on top of that it is fun to listen to!
My only complaint is the shortness of the tracks but everything else is very pleasing to my ear.
The A Very Steampunk Christmas EP gets eight out of ten Zeppelins and I will now go and hunt for more material by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing on the ætherweb.
Stille Nacht Rammstein style… Who would have thought…
And lest I forget, there is also press release to go with this EP:
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing:
A VERY STEAMPUNK CHRISTMAS EP
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing return December 13th with ‘A Very Steampunk Christmas’ EP, a special limited edition 7” and download, celebrating the season to be jolly.
The four-track release is led by ‘Ebenezer’s Carol’, an alternative take on the classic Dickens story, in true anachronistic Steampunk style, this time casting Scrooge as a conman, faking Christmas cheer for his own ends. The track sees Andrew O’Neill (guitar), Marc Burrows (bass) and Andy Heintz (musical saw) sharing the lead vocal in an unashamed attempt to create a classic Christmas rock record.
The EP is rounded out with brutal punk takes on festive standards ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ (re-titled ‘Comfort and Oi! Oi! Oi!) and ‘Silent Night’, here rendered in German and featuring the vocals of fringe cabaret star Lady Carol. Final track ‘Fox’, is a staple of the bands live show and is inspired by the traditional English Boxing Day Hunt, with Heintz voicing the titular fox, and O’Neill his bewildered new friend, over simple acoustic guitar and Heintz’ musical saw.
The EP closes a busy year for the Victorian Punk 4 piece, which has included the release of debut album ‘Now That’s What I Call Steampunk Volume One’ released in May this year to a slew of critical praise, performances at World Steam Expo in the USA, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Whitby Goth Weekender, a headline slot at The Asylum (The UK’s only Steampunk convention and festival) and headlining their own show in their native London. In October the track ‘Goggles’ was included on the Sepiachord Passport CD released in the US, featuring the cream of steampunk and dark cabaret artists from around the world as compiled by the reknowned Sepiachord Website based in Seattle.
‘Now That’s What I Call Steampunk’ was also released as a special edition with one track on traditional Wax cylinder, securing the band coverage on BBC 1, BBC 5Live and many other sites and publications.
This strange and brilliant punk rock futurescape is brought to you by cult comedian (and transvestite anarchist vegan occult practitioner) Andrew O’Neill, Andy Heintz, erstwhile frontman of pioneering thrash-goth legends Creaming Jesus, new drummer Jez Miller formerly of Britpoppers Showgirls and post punk legends Lords of the New Church, and comedian Marc Burrows; ensuring a melting pot of music styles that range from full on steam powered Metal to acoustic sing-a-longs.
The Band have a growing cult of fans -including author Comic Book legend Alan Moore and cult author Robert Rankin- following support from Bizarre Magazine (the band opened the main stage at 2009’s Bizarre Ball), life-style magazine The Chap (who featured the band on the cover), and NME who labelled them “leading lights of the Steampunk scene”.
Praise for NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL STEAMPUNK
“Outstanding! 4/5” –Big Cheese
8/10- Rock Sound
“Leading Lights of the Steampunk Scene” – NME
“If you only buy one album this year make absolutely fucking sure it’s this one” – Steampunk Magazine
“Highly Recommended” –Sepiachord
“Blisteringly funny and FUN” –Uncarved.Org
“At the Forefront of the Victorian Wave of British Heavy Metal” FREQ.co.uk
The bands ‘Wax Cylinder’ release generated considerable interest, including a short filmed interview with the band on the BBC.co.uk, and a performance on BBC ONE’s ‘Click’.
Radio appearances have included regular plays on the American show ‘Clockwork Caberet’, plays by legendary metal DJ Krusher and an appearance appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Pods and Blogs’ show.