Sure, they’re possibly the #1 band on the Steampunk scene these days…but they still have to battle a certain prejudice:
It’s a sad and unfortunate state of affairs that in the year 2013, a group of Steam Powered Robots doesn’t have the freedom to express who and what they really are.
We completely get it. We’ve seen your hypnotically mechanical movements; we’ve heard those machine-generated glorious voices; we hearken to your tales of an autokiniton’s life. We get it: you’re robots. You don’t have to pretend with us, guys. We understand that you’re not really human. You are one of the most famous musical groups in the Steampunk universe; of course you’re brass devices, the products of some mad inventor. I mean, just look at this:
That man is no more human than I am!
What their website says is:
“Steampunk and Futurism mesh together with mime and music to create a breathtakingly imaginative act. Hydraulics hiss and motors hum as three robots begin to snap into mechanical movement. Their instruments ring and the automatons begin to belt out in three part harmony. The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance.”
It’s true. They’re amazing; we’ve been hearing about them for three years. There’s nothing quite like this show. The robot actions are fascinating; their tales and songs are an enthralling retrofuture universe which suggests fascinating things about the entire concept of Steampunk. And they’re catchier than the Devil playing a concert with the Pied Piper. There’ve been 1.1 million views of their video, “Honeybee”:
Now, if we were the sort of easily-deceived humans who believed what robots told us, then we’d believe that “The artists behind the robots started street busking as these quirky characters in January 2008 at Balboa Park, California…. Trained in pantomime by Seaport Village mime Jerry Hager, with collective backgrounds in clown, theatre, music, and visual design, Sam Luke, and the Bennett twins Christopher and David have sculpted a striking homegrown performance that will leave you tapping your feet and humming for days.”
Certainly they’ll leave you tapping your feet and humming for days – presumably through some sort of wild invention which inspires foot-tapping and mouth-humming in organic life forms. The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe have never SAID they’re paving the way for Steampunk automatons to take over the world, but they never said they WEREN’T, either. But they’re such fantastic performers, we’ll bow to the inevitable. Come play for us, O Future Cybersteaminetic Overlords! We look forward to your benevolent brass hands of rulership!
Attention Steampunk World’s Fair Attendees:
We’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about the scheduling for Steam Powered Giraffe at this year’s The Steampunk World’s Fair 2013: Wherein We Make Madness Official, Hopefully we can answer all of your questions and concerns here.
If you’d like to see Steam Powered Giraffe at SPWF’13, you’ll find them in the following places and times:
- VIP Meet & Greet (VIP Level 1 Required!)
Centennial Room, Friday May 17th 8:30 – 10:30pm
- Mad Hatton’s Tea Party (ticket required)
Fusions Restaurant, Saturday May 18th 11:30am – 12:30pm
- Musical Performance
Midway Grand Tent, Saturday May 18th 10:15 – 11:15pm
Portable Daffodil Cafe, Sunday May 19th, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Additionally, the SPG Fan Club is running a “Jam Party” in our Kids’ Corner on Saturday May 18th at Noon!
If you’re concerned about making sure you get a good view of the SPG concert itself, we recommend attending our Centennial Exhibition Ball, held in the Midway Grand Tent from 6:00 – 9:45pm. Immediately following the Ball, there will be a Steam Powered Giraffe trivia contest and raffle, leading up to the show at 10:15. If you enjoy that performance, please consider sticking around for Voltaire, who takes the stage as our closing act for the night.