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Abney Park - End of Days - Steampunk Music
Abney Park - End of Days - Steampunk Music
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Abney Park - The Wrong Side
Abney Park - The Wrong Side
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Steampunk Revolution by Abney Park
Steampunk Revolution by Abney Park
::2012/03/31::
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Abney Park Headlines WGT, A Steampunk Band in Leipzig!
Abney Park Headlines WGT, A Steampunk Band in Leipzig!
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Downtrodden Abney Park
Downtrodden Abney Park
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Abney Park - Scheherazade
Abney Park - Scheherazade
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Abney Park - Stigmata Martyr
Abney Park - Stigmata Martyr
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Abney Park - Stigmata Martyr (live in studio)
Abney Park - Stigmata Martyr (live in studio)
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Abney Park - Ancient World
Abney Park - Ancient World
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Abney Park - The Wrong Side ( 2011 Version )
Abney Park - The Wrong Side ( 2011 Version )
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Abney park - Wrong Side (live in studio)
Abney park - Wrong Side (live in studio)
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Little Drummer Boy by Abney Park
Little Drummer Boy by Abney Park
::2009/06/07::
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G4 Underground - Steampunk - Abney Park
G4 Underground - Steampunk - Abney Park
::2011/07/21::
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Abney Park Band Practice (Life Inside the Steampunk Studio)
Abney Park Band Practice (Life Inside the Steampunk Studio)
::2012/02/10::
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Abney Park - I
Abney Park - I've Been Wrong Before lyrics
::2012/11/20::
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Abney Park - The Box
Abney Park - The Box
::2011/04/12::
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Abney Park attempts Katyusha for the first time...drunk.
Abney Park attempts Katyusha for the first time...drunk.
::2014/03/15::
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Abney Park - Airship Pirate - *CLICK LINK IN NOTE FOR HIGHER QUALITY VERSION!*
Abney Park - Airship Pirate - *CLICK LINK IN NOTE FOR HIGHER QUALITY VERSION!*
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Abney Park - Steampunk Revolution (instrumental)
Abney Park - Steampunk Revolution (instrumental)
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Abney Park (Steampunk), Airship Pirates, Live Concert, San Francisco, Burton
Abney Park (Steampunk), Airship Pirates, Live Concert, San Francisco, Burton's Wonderland Ball
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Abney Park - Airship Pirate
Abney Park - Airship Pirate
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Abney Park - The Change Cage lyrics
Abney Park - The Change Cage lyrics
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Abney Park - White Wedding lyrics
Abney Park - White Wedding lyrics
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Katyusha - Song from Abney Park
Katyusha - Song from Abney Park's new album, The Circus At The End Of The World
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abney park - zombie virus
abney park - zombie virus
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Abney Park Recording Session: Tribal Nomad
Abney Park Recording Session: Tribal Nomad
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Abney Park - We Three Kings lyrics
Abney Park - We Three Kings lyrics
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Abney Park - Post Apocalypse Punk lyrics
Abney Park - Post Apocalypse Punk lyrics
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Hanging with the band - ABNEY PARK
Hanging with the band - ABNEY PARK
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Abney Park at Dragon Con 2013
Abney Park at Dragon Con 2013
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Stratton Skull | Abney Park | Electric Violin Shop
Stratton Skull | Abney Park | Electric Violin Shop
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Abney Park The Emperor
Abney Park The Emperor's Wives lyrics
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Abney Park - Evil Man
Abney Park - Evil Man
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Fooly Cooly AMV Abney PArk - Wrong Side
Fooly Cooly AMV Abney PArk - Wrong Side
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Backstage with Abney Park in Australia
Backstage with Abney Park in Australia
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Steampunk Jingle Bells by Abney Park
Steampunk Jingle Bells by Abney Park
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Abney Park - Sleep Isabella - *CLICK LINK IN NOTE FOR HIGHER QUALITY VERSION!*
Abney Park - Sleep Isabella - *CLICK LINK IN NOTE FOR HIGHER QUALITY VERSION!*
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Abney Park - Airship Pirate remastered version - steampunk music
Abney Park - Airship Pirate remastered version - steampunk music
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Through Your Eyes on Christmas Eve by Abney Park
Through Your Eyes on Christmas Eve by Abney Park
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Abney Park Interview from Comicpalooza 2013
Abney Park Interview from Comicpalooza 2013
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Evil Man - Return to the Steampunk Studio
Evil Man - Return to the Steampunk Studio
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"Special" - Official Video - Abney Park | Steampunk Music
"Special" - Official Video - Abney Park | Steampunk Music
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Abney Park - The Story That Never Starts
Abney Park - The Story That Never Starts
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The Circus At The End Of The World - Abney Park - Steampunk Music
The Circus At The End Of The World - Abney Park - Steampunk Music
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Abney Park (Steampunk), Until the Day You Die, Live Concert, San Francisco, Burton
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Abney Park - My Life - Steampunk Music
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Abney Park - Dear Ophelia (with lyrics)
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Steampunk Studio - Abney Park -  Airship Pirate
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Building Steam - Abney Park Live
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Abney Park
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Abney Park. From left to right: Josh Goering, former member Nathaniel Johnstone, Robert Brown, Kristina Erickson, former members Jody Ellen and Daniel Cederman.
Background information
Origin Seattle, USA
Genres Steampunk
World music
Industrial dance
Years active 1997–present
Labels None (self-produced)
Associated acts Ranch Hand Robbie and the Wasteland Wranglers, Good Co
Website http://www.abneypark.com/
Members Robert Brown (Vocals, Darbuka, Diatonic button accordion, harmonica, bouzouki, bağlama, ukulele)
Kristina Erickson (keyboards, Piano)
Titus Munteanu (violin)
Josh Goering (Guitar, Banjolele)
Derek Brown (Bass)
Past members Daniel Cederman
Jody Ellen
Nathaniel Johnstone
Traci Nemeth
Krysztof Nemeth
Robert Hazelton
Magdalene Veen
Jean-Paul Mayden
Finn von Claret
Madame Archel (Rachel Gilley)
Robert Gardunia
Thomas Thompson
Henry Cheng
Lee Tillman

Abney Park is a steampunk band based in Seattle that mixes elements of industrial dance, world music, and steampunk-influenced lyrics in their work. Their name comes from Abney Park Cemetery in London (UK). Formerly a goth band, Abney Park has transformed their look and sound and has been called the "quintessential" representatives of steampunk culture.[1]

History[edit]

Early days[edit]

Abney Park was formed by Robert Brown in 1997. They released their first full-length album Abney Park in 1998, and in 1999 they released Return to the Fire. Their third album "Cemetery Number 1" drew from their first two albums as well as introducing several new songs. In the early years of Abney Park, the band featured a gothic musical and visual style, which culminated with their 2002 release From Dreams Or Angels. Their songs "The Change Cage", "Black Day" and "No Life" reached number one on the Industrial, Darkwave and Black Metal music charts, respectively.[2]

In 2005, the band released Taxidermy,[3] which is a collection of new versions of songs from past albums, three live tracks and two covers. In 2006, the release of the album The Death of Tragedy marked the beginning of a major change for the band, as their music departed from a goth/pagan sound to a more world music/fusion one. After this release, their line-up changed as well, with the departure of Traci Nemeth, Krysztof Nemeth and Robert Hazelton, replaced by Magdalene Veen (Eliza Gauger using a pseudonym), Jean-Paul Mayden and Nathaniel Johnstone. Shortly thereafter, Jean-Paul departed the band to be replaced by Daniel C.

Becoming steampunk[edit]

In early 2005, Abney Park transformed themselves from a largely goth industrial band into a steampunk band. As part of that transformation, Abney Park invented fictional identities of themselves.[3] Since steampunk is largely derived from science fiction and fantasy literature, the band also created a fictional backstory to explain the shake-up in membership and who they were now, and to set a stage for their new music. According to that story, the band's plane collided with a time-travelling dirigible called the Ophelia—said to have been created by a Dr. Leguminous Calgori (presumably a reference to the 1920 silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)—in a freak storm. The band commandeered the vessel, deciding to become airship pirates, and formed a new band from the surviving members of the crash. Much of their music since that time has been based around this fictional backstory.

In the spring of 2008, Magdalene Veen left the band and was replaced by Finn Von Claret. That year, they released Lost Horizons, their first steampunk-themed album. Finn retired in the summer of 2009 to form Imaginary Daughter. Jody Ellen joined the band later that year and played her first show at Dragon*Con 2009. Also in 2009, the band released Æther Shanties, their tenth album. Nathaniel Johnstone hinted in March 2010 that they were working on songs for their next album, though no names were forthcoming. A recording of a live performance of one of them (later confirmed to be the title track, "The End Of Days") can be found here. The End Of Days, their seventh studio album, was released on October 15, 2010. In late 2011, Nathaniel Johnstone left the band,[4] to be replaced by Titus Munteanu. On April 11, 2014, Jody Ellen said on her Facebook page that she left the band to carry on her solo career.[5] On June 20, 2014, Daniel Cederman made a statement on his Facebook page that he was leaving the band for a position as Dean of Military Science at Hofstra in New York City, in order to pursue a PHD and spend more time with his daughter.[6]

Popularity[edit]

Now sometimes called the "quintessential" steampunk band, Abney Park has been featured in major news media[7][8] and interviewed by several genre magazines and websites,[1][9][10][11][12] and has been highlighted on MTV[13][14][15] and G4TV[16] as primary examples of the steampunk musical scene.

Abney Park has performed at numerous festivals, including World Steam Expo, Dragon*Con, WGW, Utah Dark Arts,[17] Bats Day,[18] Convergence, Ravenwood Festival,[19] Masque and Veil, Queen Mary Pyrate Daze,[20] the Bay Area Maker Faire,[21] Steamcon[22] and Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention[23] Their music has also been featured in many compilation CDs, including Gilded Age Records' An Age Remembered: A Steampunk and Neo-Victorian Mix,[24] Cleopatra Records' The Unquiet Grave vol. III, Sepiachord's A Sepiachord Companion, BLC Productions' Annihilation and Seduction,[25] Squish Me Down Records' Eighteen (Eighteen NW Bands Benefit CD)

Their music has also appeared in several movie soundtracks, including Insomnis Amour, Goth, and Lord of the Vampires. The Abney Park song "Sleep Isabella" was used in a scene in the HBO series True Blood, Season 5 Episode 4.[26]

Discography[edit]

Albums:

  • Abney Park (1998)

Compilations:

Airship Pirates RPG[edit]

In August 2011, Cubicle 7 Entertainment released a role playing game based on the world of Abney Park's backstory. Set in the post-apocalyptic world after their album, "The End Of Days" - a future world with a severely disrupted timeline - Airship Pirates features steampunk themes and Victorian-era style. Airship Pirates places players in command of their own steam-powered airships. There they will seek not only to pillage the skies, but to plunder history, possibly causing even greater disruption to the past. Meanwhile, the world below struggles in Victorian-style squalor under an oppressive government that maintains control through clockwork policemen.[31] In December 2011, the RPG game won Diehard GameFAN's "Best Core Rulebook of 2011" award.[32]

Novels[edit]

In 2012, a novel was released entitled "The Wrath of Fate: Book 1 of The Airship Pirate Chronicles", by Robert Brown. Set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk future, the book is a companion to Abney Park's music and RPG game, exploring Abney Park's backstory and fictional setting in greater detail. A second novel in the series, "Retrograde", is due to come out in 2013.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tome (September 24, 2009). "INTERVIEW — Captain Robert of Abney Park". Dieselpunks.org. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  2. ^ Volume 16, Issues 7-12, Electronic Musician (Polyphony Pub. Co., 2000), 2000: 28 
  3. ^ a b Kim Lakin-Smith (2008-06-20). "Pump Up The Volume: The Sound of Steampunk". Matrix Online : the news and media magazine of the British Science Fiction Association. 
  4. ^ "Nathaniel Johnstone moves on from Abney Park". 8 December 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jody Ellen parts ways with Abney Park". 11 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "It is true that my time with Abney Park has come to an end". 20 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Caroline Sullivan (17 October 2008). "Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1899". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  8. ^ Ruth La Ferla (May 8, 2008). "Steampunk Moves Between 2 Worlds". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  9. ^ "Abney Park Interview". Aether Emporium. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Lost Horizons with Abney Park: Catching up with Ophelia’s crew". Aether Emporium. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  11. ^ Rebecca Firth (2008-08-27). "Dread Captain Robert and Abney Park Sailing the Metaphorical High Seas in the Name of Steampunk". WooEB. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  12. ^ Caitlin Dougon (28 April 2009). "Hanging With Abney Park". Spartan Youth Radio. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  13. ^ Andrew Ross Rowe (September 29, 2008). "What Is Steampunk? A Subculture Infiltrating Films, Music, Fashion, More". MTV News (MTV). Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  14. ^ "MTV News video: 'It's Airships, Pirates And Goggles'". MTV. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  15. ^ "MTV News video: Abney Park's 'Airship Pirate'". MTV. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  16. ^ "Abney Park — Steampunk Culture Video". YouTube. Archived from the original on 27 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-25. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Dark Arts Festival 2006 Schedule". Dark Arts Festival website. 
  18. ^ jillian (July 24, 2006). "Bats Day In The Fun Park". LA Metblogs. 
  19. ^ David Koon (7/10/2008). "Steaming into Fayetteville: Big-name goth and steampunk acts gear up for this weekend’s Ravenwood Festival.". Arkansas Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. ^ Liz Ohanesian (September 20, 2009). ""Best of" Awards: Pirates Versus Steampunks at Pyrate Daze". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  21. ^ "Abney Park: Music Stage 1". Maker Faire Bay Area 2008. 
  22. ^ "Steamcon Musical Acts: Featured Musicians". Steamcon 2009. [dead link]
  23. ^ "Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention: Entertainment". Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention. 
  24. ^ DJ FACT.50 (2007). "An Age Remembered — A Steampunk / Neo-Victorian Old World Mix". Discogs. Gilded Age Records. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  25. ^ "Annihilation And Seduction". Discogs. BLC Productions. 2003. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  26. ^ Jef With One F (Jul 2, 2012). "True Blood: Steampunk and Strippers". Houston Press. 
  27. ^ "Abney Park — From Dreams Or Angels". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  28. ^ "Abney Park — Taxidermy". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  29. ^ "Abney Park — The Death Of Tragedy". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  30. ^ http://www.sepiachord.com/index/?p=5127
  31. ^ "'Abney Park's Airship Pirates' RPG". ICv2. 2011-04-18. 
  32. ^ "Diehard GameFAN’s 2011 Tabletop Gaming Awards". Diehard GameFAN. 2011-12-26. "In a year in which nostalgia was the dominant theme, Airship Pirates was a breath of fresh helium. From the novel approach to party composition and character creation to the beautiful binding, Abney Park’s Airship Pirates was not just a great book, it was the start of a great adventure." 

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