Frenchy & The Punk
Commentary by World’s Fair attendee Kaeryn Bailey-Smith!
Frenchy & the Punk are Samathan Stephenson (Frenchy), and Scott Heiland (the Punk). The best single word I can use to describe their music is “energetic”; other terms that come to mind are eclectic, danceable, and exotic. I have seen Frenchy & the Punk quite a few times. Each time, I cannot resist the urge to get up and dance, although I’m a terrible dancer. The wonderful thing about their shows , however, is that nobody cares about whether you are a good dancer or not—only that you are enjoying yourself.
Their shows are always a lot of fun, particularly during their song “Hey Hey Cabaret”, when a Can-Can line usually forms spontaneously. Their music has elements of gypsy, folk, and punk. I guess it is this unusual mix that makes them a favorite of both the Steampunk and the Fae communities. If they play at a convention or festival that you are attending, be sure not to miss them!
The Folks Below – With Holly Brewer
We were surprised to discover that the spirals were actually audio tracks. The YerYerOwn had successfully disguised all this audio as everyday dinner plates!
They laughed while they cried, they loved and were loved.
This Way To The Egress
This is a review of This Way to The Egress’ debut album, by the fine folks of Sepiachord.com. We thought it would be an excellent introduction to their music, though it doesn’t describe the thrill of seeing them live – their vibrant, passionate but disciplined stage shows, and the funny hats they tend to wear. Seriously, folks, what’s up with the hats?
Every once-in-awhile a CD comes along and reminds me exactly why we started Sepiachord and why we keep it going.
Why we get up in middle of the night to check email, why we get up early to write music reviews, why we take vacation days to keep up with everything.
Of course it’s hard *NOT* to rave about a CD that reminds me why we do Sepachord…
so this is where I RAVE about This Way to the Egress’ debut CD “This Delicious Cabaret”.
“This Delicious Cabaret” is the debut album from the Pennsylvania band This Way to the Egress but you wouldn’t know it from confidence and skill that comes popping out of the stereo speakers when you slide in this electric and eclectic collection of songs.
The eleven tunes found on this self-released and self-produced CD are everything I love about modern cabaret. The sound here is macabre, not melancholy. This Way to the Egress pumps energy that a ska band would be proud of into songs seamlessly composed of jazz, blues, vaudeville, klezmer, incandescent circus sounds and the occasional hints of pirate attitude and an honest-to-PT Barnum-punk spitfire piss & vinegar sensibility.
What sets This Way to the Egress apart from other bands is how skillfully they pull this all off. The songs sound complete and fully composed, not ramshackle arrangements where it feels as if the band bolted a couple of genres together and said “hey look how new this is”.
The songs are less like a cobbled together old jalopy and more akin to a beautiful, brassy victorian rocketship: perhaps it shouldn’t be able to fly but when it does it’s a breath-taking thing.
There was a time when albums were judged by how many songs were strong enough to be released as singles. Those days are dust so I judge the quality of a song on how driven I am to immediately leap over to the stereo and replay a song (again and again).
Using that guideline there are 8 (!) out of 11 tracks that knock me on my keister:
“Turpentine”, “Chapel Hill”, “On a 45″, “Flirtin’ With Death”, “Gypsy Shoe”, “We’ll All Be Dead Soon”, “Delicious Cabaret”.
Of these “On a 45″ and “We’ll All Be Dead Soon” are just *outstanding*.
Yes, Highly Recommended.
Anyway I cut it “This Delicious Cabaret” by This Way to the Egress is stellar piece of work.
And the photos on the album cover manage to make me smile every time I pick it up.
A Gigantic Adventure Awaits!
Breaking news, February 16, 2013: The amazing Steam Powered Giraffe is confirmed for The Steampunk World’s Fair!
Basic tickets INCLUDE the Steam Powered Giraffe concert.
buy your tickets now!
buy your tickets now!
(Note that we’re a bit busy this week getting ready for our multi-genre show, The Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire. So our responses may a bit slow ’til, say, February 25th or 26th or so.)
Welcome one and all – welcome Steampunks; welcome people who aren’t Steampunk at all; welcome to the fascinated and the curious, the veterans and the totally uncertain. Welcome, all of you, to one of the friendliest Steampunk events anywhere!
It’s true that we’re the largest ticketed Steampunk event in the world…but the World’s Fair is an incredibly individual experience. That’s because we use that size to sprawl out like a massive, whimsical carnival over many tens of thousands of square feet – you can travel through the whole event as if it were an adventure, a gigantic playground, or an enormous contraption filled with magic, wonder, and, in some places, absinthe fairies.
Come look around our site! We are brimming with entertainment, live music, celebrations, games, theatre, social activities, things to taste and try, new experiences, lots more music, friendly people, wondrous surprises, discussions, talks, cabaret, and much, much more.
This is going to be amazing – come be a part of it!
Buy tickets here!
Get your hotel room here!
Here’s what we did in 2013!
Here’s what we did in 2012!
Additional Hotel, And Other News!
We’ve announced our official overflow hotel – The Hotel Somerset Bridgewater, just a quick shuttle stop away! Free breakfast, luxurious rooms, and lots of your fellow Steampunks – only $99!
This hotel will be full of gatherings, parties, friendly hang-outs, and lots of other opportunities unique to The World’s Fair. It’s always a great time.
Call 732-560-0500 to get your room today!
And now that it’s 2014, we’re starting to roll out this year’s Steampunk World’s Fair updates! Check back often for assorted updates and news! Also, of course, you’re cordially invited to join us over on Facebook at facebook.com/SteampunkWorldsFair, and on Twitter over @steamworldsfair!