Back in January a a Russian music label called Chtonic Muzak got a hold of us to take a look at some of their bands.
The main one they showed us was Karluv Tyn. They are a side project of a more known band in Russia, Giant Waves. Both bands have been played on the radio and Podcasts in Germany, Italy, USA, Israel, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Poland, and Spain.
I will admit this is my first time hearing this band. I like them. They fit the spring sunset I’m currently watching from my window.
I’m trying to come up with the best way to describe their sound. Their press release couldn’t of said it better “cold-pop project in Russian….we were inspired by 80-s pop music, soviet wave, apocalyptic folk lyrics, European Christian mysticism and Russian poetry. Karluv Tyn is the name of a famous large gothic castle founded 1348 by Charles IV, so the band took it to emphasize the dark atmosphere of the songs and west Slavic culture. The project was founded in 2017 on the base of GIANT WAVES band with the intention to provide eastern block post-punk/coldwave music to the bigger European audience.”
Before the plague hit, Karluv Tyn was going to release physical copies of their newest album. Instead they ended up digitally releasing it. The video above is their official quarantine video. It’s pretty good considering the restrictions of the plague and all. The album is pretty amazing as well. I can’t speak Russian so I don’t know what they’re saying but the rhythm is easy to dance to.
Below I’ll post another quarantine video so you listen to more of their music.
The music video below is the adjacent band that is more known, Giant Waves. This is posted so you can hear both bands.
If you like either of these bands. Take a look at Giant Waves socials below.
In this segment, Sarah and Tiffany review individual tracks to upcoming albums given to us and pair it up with a tea, coffee, or alcohol while we talk about upcoming events the bands may be doing. Okay, we’ll mostly be pairing these with alcoholic drinks due to our nature where we grew up.
First we sampled was another song from Slighter on Bandcamp titled Complicit. It took us back to the dark corners of the 90s Batman universe and to the good ol’ days of laser tag. It was fun. It was sexy. It has class. Those drums bringing reminiscing the drums from closing ceremonies of The Renaissance Faires but also reminding us Klingsons exist with those drums being made of steel.
We paired Slighter‘s song this with a cotton candy martini
1.5 oz vodka 1 oz Midori 4 oz cranberry juice 1 tsp lemon juice handful cotton candy
We got the pleasure to sample a song off of Doors in the Labyrinth‘s new album Shadows of the Monolith which will be released March 15th on Bandcamp. The song is called Something Wicked It’s very traditional when you think of goth. It talks about a carnival you might see in the sweltering summer while being affected by the the heat or mushrooms you may have taken. It took me a moment but it really grew on me.
The drink we came up with was a black coffee drink with a hint of orange. After talking to Josh (who is Doors in the Labyrinth) We decided to booze it up. So this is what we came up with-
Shivar sent us an EP to listen to. On the Five Faced God EP, we listened to Away from Fading. Shivar has a pleasant H.I.M. sound. Tiffany was reminded of “the best bad decisions” and road trips with friends. One of those best bad decisions was us with a bunch of friends during a bachelorette party. (Weirdly I think that’s when we first met too… Thank you lovely editor of mine getting married.) During that party we went to a famous bar called the Safehouse. Someone decided to order a fish bowl & when it started to get lower, Tiffany had the brilliant idea to see if everyone wanted to mix their drinks together in the bowl. Being the slightly intoxicated party that we were, most of us obliged.
In conclusion, she paired this with the special party flask filled with your favorite booze. I paired this with a sparkling wine because this kind of music reminds me of early summer.
This is 2 bands in one EP. The 2 bands are Fact Pattern and Dread Risks. The Ep opens with Fact Patterns 2 songs and ending with Dread Risks doing 2 songs
Clinically Proven by Fact Pattern reminds me of the summers back in the day going to concerts or festivals. For Tiffany, it reminded her of a friend who loves Japanese Rock and Chai iced tea.
So in this case, we give Clinically Proven by Fact Pattern a Chai Iced tea and a Berry Ale. Berry Ale is just a good summer festival drink.
Places You Fear Most by Dread Risks gave us the dancing in the dark club vibe. We’re loving the sweet dark vibe it gives. We give this an absinthe slushy died black. Dangerous & yummy.
Normoria recently gave us music to listen to but since it’s an album (and we’re doing singles and EPs in this article), we reviewed their music video .
This Swedish band reminds us of the younger days of being over 18 and younger than 21 and going to a club event in Chicago called Nocturna. If you were lucky, you could grab a cd sampler of bands lying around the club. This band very much reminds us of the type of band on that cd you caught yourself jamming (or stomping) to.
Tiffany paired this up with Herbal Wellness tea and I thought more of a London fog type of tea. A London Fog is typically Earl Grey tea with milk. I usually use unsweetened vanilla almond milk and maybe a sweetener (if I don’t feel sweet enough). You could fancy it up with vanilla extract but no need if you don’t want to.
Next we’re surfing on some waves and dragging down on Main Street with our low ridder car to Guitarmy of One. Guitarmy is Scott Helland from Frenchy and the Punk.
A little Blues Brothers meets Pulp Fiction. So what do you with that sitting on your brain? You make the best damn Pistachio milkshake… It might not be worth five dollars but it’ll be a fucking good milkshake.
Personally, I feel like I need to be chilling at a tiki bar and drinking a zombie with this kind of music. I’m too lazy and don’t have the room to make this drink by hand so the Bacardi mix will do.
Amaranth gave us a brilliant single as well. It’s about calling out men having and them being held accountable for harassment and other awful things “fuck boys” do.
The riffs are easy to dance or head-bang to. The message is great; hold everyone accountable for their actions. Tiffany went on a weird but amusing turn with this. When she heard “fuck boy” in the lyrics, she immediately thought of an oldie, Beauty and the Beast‘s Gaston. along with a traditional whiskey sour. Gaston made me laugh but she has a good point about a classic whiskey sour. The classic needs an egg and if you were to order that at a bar, you could potentially get looks from it (due to eggs not being much of a thing in most cocktails and apparently Gaston would eat four dozen eggs as a lad to get large.. There is Tiffany logic for you)
For nonalcoholic, we went with a lemonade. It’s delicious and semi sour.
Traditional Whiskey Sour Ingredients:
2 ounces bourbon whiskey
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1 egg white from a small to medium egg
Ice for the shaker
Mix in a shaker
Pour and drink (ice doesn’t need to be in the glass unless you want it)
Our last artist we reviewed is a trap-hop artist from South Africa named Jaey Price on SoundCloud. The beats and piano were easy to dance to. It reminded me of a blue collar bar that I briefly worked at. There, everyone ordered long islands during happy hour. So, I am sticking with a traditional happy hour long island. I say happy hour long island because it’s mostly pre-mix and rail alcohols. (Rail means bottom shelf.) It just reminds me of the people at that bar and what they normally drank.
To make a long island it’s all equal parts alcohol and a splash of soda to give it the tea color. The booze used in a long island is
Tiffany went with a fancier drink than me. She was thinking gin and rose water. It’s something she normally wouldn’t drink but rosewater makes it fancy. Weirdly enough we found a recipe that used roses as simple syrup.
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 oz rose water simple syrup (see how to make below)
This is just a sample of what’s to come. Please check out all the artists and show them some love. They all work hard on their music. We’re trying to see if we can maybe turn this into a podcast or video.
Imagine if music can paint you a landscape of walking through the dirty city streets late at night or a grimy futuristic landscape. This is the feel it gives out. I love it.
The album reminds me of Massive Attack. The vocals are very similar and some of the songs sound like they could of collaborated. Now, not all of Slighter sounds like this cd. Each album is different and that’s refreshing.
One of my favorite songs is Walls. The female vocals just knock you off your feet. It feels like being in a grungy future but a goddess is calling out and saying what’s on her mind. I can see myself finishing reading Dune to these tracks.
As I go through the list, I see there are 5 songs I really enjoy. My second favorite is a toss up between The Hunt with Moris Blak and Undertow. The Hunt reminds me of essentially of the scene in Batman 3 where Robin goes into a weird back alley that’s black light and neon to beat up some bad guys. Okay. I can see these songs in most ’90s Batman movies as I’m sitting here listen to this and type.
On the Bandcamp comments, Darren Douglas Danahy says ” Not unlike some of my favorite science fiction films or books – where the more detailed my understanding of the work, the more I appreciated them – this album truly became unlocked to me after multiple listens.
Automata uses sounds like environments that describe large shadowy places where melody reaches out to you like a hand from the shadows, a hand you want to take but feel unsure of.
Take that hand and immerse yourself in these environments, say I. You won’t regret it.” I couldn’t of said it any better than Mr. Danahy.
I immensely enjoyed the first part of the album. Since I received the deluxe edition, the second half seemed to change a bit, it becomes the Automata Variable edition That part does not have vocals. It sets the theme to a dark movie score. It’s still quite enjoyable without the lyrics but I the vocals give it a different layer that I enjoy more.
All in all, this album is gritty sounding and let’s your imagination take hold. I don’t know how many times I have listened to this album. I honestly lost count. Every time I listen to it, it changes where my mind goes.
If you like industrial music, this is up your alley. If you enjoy imagining places like Altered Carbon, Tank Girl, Dune, or sometimes even Blade this band is for you.
Slighter has a new album coming out March 5th. I can’t wait!
Professor Screwed of Screwed Sculpts. I make upcycled sculptures, more often than not robots based on my customers specifications. You can find out lots more about the Screwniverse, including browsing our vast galleries, reading short stories and there is even a robot themed soundtrack album! All free to enjoy. (listed in the music department of this list)
Tooth and Talon is a small art business based in Wisconsin, run by artist Katelyn Westenberger. The motto is: “handmade art and oddities for the weird and wonderful”, and here you will find whimsical wearable art works and home decor that are truly one of a kind. They specialize in leather masks and accessories, as well as sculpture borne from myths and monsters across the globe, aiming always, to blend fantasy with reality and delight the hearts of magic minded individuals far and wide.
Chase The Myth Leather belts, pouches, other sundry items and various weird oddments
Most items are made with a minimum of decoration to allow for modification by customers wishing to personalize. Custom orders welcome (subject to availability of materials and our actual ability to make anything)
The Dragon’s Tailor I specialize in sewing customclothing and costumes, but I also make home goods like throw pillows andaprons, frequently featuring various fandoms (superheroes, a certainspace opera, etc.) http://thedragonstailor.com/
R. J. Leather My business is mainly a commission operation. There are several staples that I do offer, Plague Doctor Masks, Teacup Holsters, & Bags. The latest offering being, a Titanic Teacup Holster, as a fixed set. It’s a special white, engraved leather with a Titanic Museum reproduction 2nd Class cup and saucer included. It’s $125 + $15 S/H. There’s only 7 available.
We live in the Philadelphia suburbs and work out of our home. We have several creative endeavors. The most popular of which is our Clockwork Critters. These are steampunk animatronic animal art that we create by repurposing parts of older children’s toys. They all move, most make noise, each is unique, and even given a name. There are many photos and videos on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Second, my husband makes stained glass window panels and sun catchers. His specialties are spiderwebs, bats, Pride flags, and panels with vintage depression plates or geode slices.
Third, I crochet monsters and aliens. Mostly because I enjoy crocheting and like weird stuff.
Lastly, we are distributors for a series of wooden puzzle/model kits. These are build-it-yourself kits that make a wide variety of things like airships, trains, puzzle boxes, dice towers, and even animals.
Little Alice- is an author and artist living in Chicago. She works under the names “Alice Liddell” and “Little Alice”, but also has novels published under her legal name “Lauren A. R. Masterson”. This multi-talented woman is a creative force to be reckoned with. She recently released her fifth novel in April 2020 – a romance titled Freja’s Baby Shattered. This is an alternative storyline to her previous novel, Freja’s Baby, released in March 2020. Prior to these, Alice has also published a fantasy mermaid novel titled Love of the Sea, a fully illustrated historical fiction novel titled Geisha Hands, and a romance novel titled Tearing Down the Wall.
She also works as an artist under the name KHR Arts, which stands for Katherine Howard Rose, the wife of Henry VIII who was known as the “rose without thorns”. Alice uses her artistic talents to illustrate her writing works, as well as create original artwork such as acrylic paintings and charcoal drawings. Alice frequently takes on commission work.
In addition to her published novels and artwork, Alice combines her skills to create art books with her co-editor and best friend, Bryan Thompson of Graffiti Photographic. Together, they have built Cloud Orchid Publishing, and have published several titles of art books and poetry collections featuring Bryan’s photography and Alice’s poetry short stories, and artwork.
The Dragon’s Tailor I specialize in sewing custom clothing and costumes, but I also make home goods like throw pillows and aprons, frequently featuring various fandoms (superheroes, a certain space opera, etc.)
Tarraway Hoofpress Artifacts of Misrule – Artwork inspired by folkloric characters, tales of devilry, Cornish legendary characters and stories from Steampunk/GeorgianPunk musician GurdyBird.
Traditional characters and the reversal of roles has always been an interest of Tamsyn who goes under the name of Tarraway Hoofpress, Tarraway being a variant name of a Rumplestiltskin-esque Cornish Devil or Bucca from an old Cornish Christmas Guise play named “Duffy and the Bucca”. The “Hoofpress” derives from imagining a printing devil stamping prints out with his cloven foot, (she actually uses a spoon to press the original prints. She has a keen interest in folk tales, customs, devilry, the eccentric clergy and history of anywhere but particularly in those of Cornwall.
Musically, she is known as GurdyBird, who layers numbers of synthesiser melodies, counter melodies, percussion and drum machines, alongside her hurdy gurdy and sometimes a recorder, zither and violin. She composes much of her music herself, with tales of seafaring (she performs mainly in the form of a pirate, if time travel were available in the Georgian era), the Other Side, plague doctors, the world turned upside down, and various characters and places as their themes and reimagines traditional tunes with her own style and dark humour, which can be seen in videos on youtube and often projected or screened at performances.
Pick Up And Go Games The goal of every Pick Up & Go Games product is to provide a simple set of rules that can be learned quickly and easily, so your group can begin gaming right away. Easy rules, fast play and unlimited adventure challenging enough for the most seasoned veteran gamer, yet basic enough for the gaming newbie. No investment in a library full of books or thousands of pages to memorize. With our materials, you and your friends will begin your adventures within an hour or two. Every member of our team has decades of gaming experience, and we’ve all found one thing to be consistently true: You don’t need 600-page rulebooks to have fun.
We all like making ourselves pretty and the people we love.
I’m a Maryland-based full-time mad scientist/part-time artist making quality, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry and accessories inspired by the strange and unusual, with a strong dash of nerdy. My modern resin works are created by combining ink with epoxy resin. Utilizing a selection of molds and abstract shapes, the resin is poured and layered to create bright, vibrantly colored jewels that are then combined with hand fabricated metal findings
THE CHAP-HOP SONGBOOK VOLUME II should be with us by the beginning of December.
I’ve also had some lovely new enamel badges made, based on illustrations from both volumes of the Songbook.
These, plus my albums, badges, moustache wax, cufflinks and my novel, ROAST BEEF are available from gentlemanrhymer.com
As well as that I’m doing a weekly online party, which is regularly number one on the mix cloud trending charts on a Tuesday night at 8pm-late called NICEOLATION parties. It’s basically just me Doing, but I do add a few embellishments like spoons solos and tiny ukulele bits and occasional puppetry. I’m doing the 29th one next week and two weeks ago I did a ten hour all-nighter, from 8pm-6am (GMT).
GurdyBird Based in Cornwall in the UK GurdyBird is inspired by the worlds occupied by Playford, the City Waites and Nine Inch Nails, via Adam Ant. She plays a symphonie Hurdy-Gurdy over her backing tracks which she performs, programmes and records herself, creating original compositions inspired by Cornish culture and folklore, Tyburn and unusual renditions of traditional folk tunes and shanties. She combines her musical performances with poetry and, for the full shebang, projects her music videos during performances, which she collaborates on for a multimedia, story-telling effect. She also roams acoustically at events, performs plugged in without the videos if the venue isn’t able to facilitate and also dabbles in remixing.
Mystery and fun. Need holy water, a compass, or shrunken heads? This spot has you covered.
The Traveling Cabinet of Curiosities is an obscure collection of handcrafted items including magic tricks, kinetic toys, shrunken heads, snake oil, Voodoo dolls, spy glasses, gris-gris bags, wooden puzzles, magic potions, Holy water, oddities, and cultural pieces- all hearkening back to the fun and mystery of yesteryear.
Like Medicine Shows of the past we travel from town to town, delighting people with our curious wares and Tarot readings.
Our storytelling style and interactive presentation bring an element of historical lore and legends.
Madam Cora’s Emporium One stop shop for all things weird to pretty, cute to odd. Home goods to clothing and accessories. Grand Opening is Friday November 27th, and 28th from 12-5pm. Then open Wednesday- Saturday 12-5pm. Madam Cora’s is the support store for the Museum of Mortality. Stop by and check us out!
Tarraway Hoofpress Artifacts of Misrule – Artwork inspired by folkloric characters, tales of devilry, Cornish legendary characters and stories from Steampunk/GeorgianPunk musician GurdyBird.
Traditional characters and the reversal of roles has always been an interest of Tamsyn who goes under the name of Tarraway Hoofpress, Tarraway being a variant name of a Rumplestiltskin-esque Cornish Devil or Bucca from an old Cornish Christmas Guise play named “Duffy and the Bucca”.
The “Hoofpress” derives from imagining a printing devil stamping prints out with his cloven foot, (she actually uses a spoon to press the original prints. She has a keen interest in folk tales, customs, devilry, the eccentric clergy and history of anywhere but particularly in those of Cornwall.
Musically, she is known as GurdyBird, who layers numbers of synthesiser melodies, counter melodies, percussion and drum machines, alongside her hurdy gurdy and sometimes a recorder, zither and violin. She composes much of her music herself, with tales of seafaring (she performs mainly in the form of a pirate, if time travel were available in the Georgian era), the Other Side, plague doctors, the world turned upside down, and various characters and places as their themes and reimagines traditional tunes with her own style and dark humour, which can be seen in videos on youtube and often projected or screened at performances. https://folksy.com/shops/tarrawayhoofpress
Hats & sweaters for the winter are very nice.
To Craft a Home handmade crochet boutique specializing in cat apparel – sweaters, hats, and festive costumes purrrfect for any occasion
For ten years TeslaCon has been the Fall event, the big one to finish the year. With all the pageantry and costumes along with the immersion it has become the standard for many con goers.
This year to celebrate and mark it’s 10th anniversary TC is once again making a huge splash. With over 100 panels and special events.
David Lee- Maker
Montague Jacques Fromage-Entertainer
Doc Phineas- TV Host and Entertainer
Plus very special guest Academy Award Winner Tom McLaughlin who ran the Creature Shop at Henson Studios and worked on the Star Wars saga and created the world of animatronics will be giving special classes throughout the weekend. Along with a free event on Sunday afternoon.
The famous TeslaCon tea room
returns with a new tea…”Rain from heaven”, an interactive tea experience. All
in a setting to mimic the dining car on
the Orient Express.
There will also will be the TeslaCon costume contest and fashion show Friday night along with music by Dublin O’Shea.
There are also various and different panels from costume making and leather, to paranormal Victorian subjects and actual history events. Saturday afternoon a discussion about the history of the Krampus is concluded with an actual Krampus Parade and then followed by a “German Wurst” lunch in the hotel restaurant. The evening concludes with a grand Villains Ball featuring live music from the TC Orchestra Vardo.
Throughout the weekend the story that started ten years ago continues with more ups and downs and who done-its than ever before as the famed Orient Express whisks our Steampunk travelers across the great continents of Asia and Europe. Symposiums, talks, games and so much more… along with entertainment and social gatherings that lead to a huge finish on Sunday!
For more information go to : www.teslacon.com for info, programming and details. Also tickets!
Teslacon does sell daily tickets at the door. You may preorder them or show up the day of. They do not accept credit cards, just cash. The Dealers room will be open to the public also- Saturday from noon to 6pm and Sunday 10-1pm. You must go to main registration to get a pass-it will only be for the dealers room, not the event itself.
Teslacon is the longest running consecutive Steampunk Convention in North America, and one of the longest running world wide. Its use of sound enhanced –themed oriented fx throughout the hotel, music help create the atmosphere that many have come to love over the years.
So if you are looking for a fun weekend, a great time to meet people from around the world, and want to experience Steampunk at it’s finest plan to attend TeslaCon 10. Where the world of Steampunk is brought to life!
At Chicago Steampunk Exposition, we had the great opportunity to day party with V is for Villains. They were the movers and shakers to get your partying started at the convention.
They have so much high energy that they bring to the stage. It was pleasant to see a local rock band play for a group of people in the middle of the day and transport them to a night showing.
After the convention, we had a chance to talk to Nicholas Santiago, Mr. Agitator, for a little Q&A.
*How long has the band been around?
“I started V Is For Villains at the end of 2010. I started my first band, Digital Mindy in 2000, and by 2010 I felt that I had hit a ceiling. I wanted to expand, to push myself musically and in live performance. I felt like Mr. Agitator and V Is For Villains was the next logical step.”
*What made you decide to get up & start a band? Did something just click at the right moment?
“Well when I was 15 I broke my back. Two blown discs, one of which was shattered. I was in so much pain I couldn’t move or stand up straight without help. I was stuck like that for quite some time. I started taking steroid epidurals and it helped me until I had my first spinal decompression. In that period of time I was on Painkillers, I couldn’t go to school or really focus on anything through the pain. Out of nowhere I started playing with music, sounds, audio engineering. It fascinated me. This idea that a song can be born. That it did not exist before, and yet after you hear it, it is always there and always alive. It give me a reason to live. That reason has served me well for many years. Through good and bad. It is the ultimate puzzle, and in my opinion the ultimate form of self expression. In 2013 at a convention I broke my back and knee on stage in my costume, but that’s a different story….”
* Has your sound stayed the same or changed in any way from when you first started?
“My music has certainly evolved. My tastes, like most, have changed and refined through the years. I was never too worried about having a “good voice” or a certain “sound”. I was always more entertained by something that is interesting. I think as a songwriter, you end up in a very interesting position as creator and listener. You are creating while listening. If it interests me as a listener, that’s usually where I gravitate. I think my sound in Digital Mindy was different. I try to bring something unique to every album. I never want the listener to say “Oh well, I heard this album 4 years ago…”. I know that is what some people like, and that’s okay, it’s just not the story I’m interested in telling.”
* Which do you prefer doing personally & as a band, live or studio recording?
“I honestly feel that they are two totally different experiences as a performer and as a listener. The Recording process is full of intimacy. Very internal. Where the liver performance is a group experience that is shared with the audience. Two different flavors and I honestly love them both. At the core, I am far more of a song writer and audio engineer at heart. Writing the song is usually the most fun aspect to me. I do however love playing with people on stage and pushing the expected envelope. Mr. Agitator is a fitting code name.”
*How did everyone’s personas come about?
“I think everyone probably has their own personal meaning in their personas. Mr. Agitator is very much an amalgamation of all of these things that have influenced me and remain present. The persona is very inspired by Batman, The Joker, The Phantom Of The Opera,The Shadow, and so on. My only prerequisite was to not take ourselves and our influences too serious. I think humor is important. You have to be able to laugh at yourself and to take negative criticism. It’s all a part of the game.”
*Who are your musical inspirations?
“I am a huge fan of 90s Industrial music. I love Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, PIG, Depeche Mode. I have always been very big into this idea that a synthesizer as a tool can shred like a guitar if you use it correctly. I love the idea that Digital sounds are capable of what the writer pulls from them. On the same coin I grew up listening to film scores. I love composers and scores and still very regularly play them. I think it did a lot to teach me about the narrative of music. That sounds can tell a story. I also grew up loving mainstream artists like Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra. A good song is a good song. I love my influences but I don’t care to be those artists. I want to make something new.”
*What do you do to inspire yourself to write an album and the songs?
“I feel like the album as a whole work is dying out. In the Digital Age, we are not thinking of works as a whole anymore. Just 2 minute YouTube bytes. I’m not saying this is wrong, but it’s not my favorite method. I like having a full album. I think it’s cool. I always go into a collection of songs trying to provide a greater feel. I always look at my albums as a collection of short stories. An anthology series like Tales From The Crypt or Creepshow. I write purely on emotion. I am not musically trained whatsoever so it just has to feel right. “
*What’s the best way for people to listen to your music? I assume the best way to purchase though would be straight to your website since you’ll all get the money then.
“The latest album “Villains Never Die” is only available for sale on our website until around December. Then it will be available to stream on all streaming platforms. Our other albums “Evolve or Die” and “Murder In The Art” can be purchased on iTunes, through website or on Spotify. We also have dabbled in music videos on YouTube.”
*Why do you prefer the villain over there hero? (Personally I always do too)
“I feel that what makes someone a Hero or Villain is only a matter of perspective. To some people we may be Heroes, to most we are Villains. That line has always interested me. In today’s society of cancel culture and social execution before trial, I feel that line is thinner than ever. I have seen people that I thought would be life long allies turn on a dime. It’s hard to understand or explain, its just a side effect of the current world. I think its so easy to be branded Villain. Why not wear the title proudly?”
*How have the Steampunkers & Chicagians responded to your music?
“Honestly it’s been a very mixed bag. It’s been mostly positive I think. I feel like the larger community expects a certain “thing”. We are NOT that “thing”. I feel like that can lead many to block out or avoid without truly listening or trying. If someone really gives it a chance and it isn’t their thing, I am 100% supportive of that. It’s not my intention to tell someone if my music is good or not, my job is just to present it. I want people to make up their own minds. Most of the people we have met in the community are very kind and supportive. I always appreciate when people listen.”
*What’s the best way for people to contact you for setting up a gig?
“We are an independent band, if you would like V Is For Villains for you live show or Event you may message me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org”
*Is there anything else you would like to add about the new album, you & the crew, or any random fun bits of information?
“After being off of performing for over a year, we are back at it. V Is For Villains next show will be headlining the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville on Saturday October 26th! Come out, see the show and make up your own mind. Until then, remember: Villains Never Die”
This article is a joint effort between Sarah Harris and Kasandra Zavrie-Higdon.
Sarah:Victor & the Bully are two of the most energetic people I have met. It’s great to see them come out with a new album. They told us their thinking process for songwriting and composing and essentially it is; make a tune and sit on it until it nags you and you can write ear catching lyrics. They just love making feel good music that you could hum to, or dance to. This new album, 8th Deadly Sin, is no exception. At times I have the song Barrel of a Gun stuck in my head while I’m sleeping.
Kasandra: Their debut album, Deathbed Confessions, was a good romp through their musical talents and creative minds. They burst open the doors of the steampunk community and took it by storm. They are in your face and laughing, dancing and shooting at your feet making you dance (metaphorically speaking). Their smiles are as contagious as their music is dance-able. Also, who can resist a ukulele?
This, their second album is full of mischief and mayhem, a true musical delight to my ears. As I sit here and write this, I am dancing in my chair. My feet must tap to the beat. Whatever they have done to make this sound work for them, work it does. This is a splendid second album. I loved the debut album but the 8th Deadly Sin is even more fun and I didn’t think that was possible.
This is a great album to start off your collection of steampunk influenced music. It’s very upbeat and stomp-able to say the very least. The first release from the album was F.R.E.A.K.S., which was very warmly received in part because it also featured Professor Elemental on vocals. I must admit when I heard it, I was very pleased.
I love their energy. Every song tells a story and that story comes at a fast pace that will leave you feeling breathless but wanting for more. If you don’t want to dance when you hear these gents, then you are dead. I can see why Sarah likes Barrel of a Gun so much. She is probably singing the chorus in defiance in her sleep. It’s one that can get stuck in your head easily. My sing along song is Fur Better or Worse. Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, is the question and I love it. If the true 8th Deadly Sin is being a Victor and the Bully fan, then I am guilty of that sin and proud of it.
If you haven’t heard anything from Victor and the Bully, then what are you waiting for? You can sample them on Spotify or iTunes as well as Soundcloud for free.