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Abney Park is a Seattle-based steampunk band that mixes elements of industrial dance, and world music influences in their work. The band has a Steampunk theme that they incorporate in their instruments, music, outfits, and even their own studio, which is actually pretty awesome. Really, is there more that needs to be said?
- "Captain" Robert Brown - Vocals, Darbuka, Diatonic button accordion
- Kristina Erickson - keyboards, vocals
- Josh Goering - Guitar, banjolele
- Daniel Cederman - Bass, Guitar
- Jody Ellen - Vocals
- Titus Munteanu - Violin
- Abney Park (1998)
- Return to the Fire (1999)
- Cemetery Number 1 (2000)
- From Dreams Or Angels (2001)
- Twisted & Broken: Abney Park Remixed (This album is available from the band as part of a special package)
- Taxidermy (2005)
- The Death of Tragedy (2005)
- Lost Horizons (2008)
- Aether Shanties (2009)
- The End Of Days (2010)
- Off The Grid (2011)
They provide examples of:
- All Myths Are True: "All The Myths Are True", predictably.
- Bildungsroman: "The Clockyard".
- The Captain: Captain Robert.
- Concept Album: Lost Horizons follows the crew of the HMS Ophelia (an airship) as they travel around the world during a Victorian era that never was - mad scientists, exploring mysterious lands, airship pirates, strange science, and the joy and heartbreak of traveling abound.
- Cool Airship: Linked in with the band's fictional Backstory is the time travelling airship HMS Ophelia
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- Clockwork Creature: "Herr Drosselmeyer's Doll" from Lost Horizons, a clockwork sex doll. Really.
- Also the protagonist of "The Clockyard," who is building himself up from scrap.
- Cool Sidecar: "To The Apocalypse In Daddy's Sidecar", based on something Captain Robert's daughter said.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Promotional photos of Capt. Robert show him smoking a pipe.
- Downer Ending: Airship Pirates.
- The Game Of The Band: "Airship Pirates", the RPG.
- Goggles Do Nothing
- Impossibly Cool Clothes
- Since they wear most of it, it's probably possible. But they are still cool.
- Intercourse with You: From before their Steampunk days: "Love", a song unashamedly about rough sex.
- Mad Science: "The Secret Life of Doctor Calgori" from Lost Horizons
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds / Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: They accidentally caused the Apocalypse.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: "The Emperor's Wives" has a particularly unusual example.
- Mr. Fanservice: Mostly Nathaniel and his mandolin, though Robert would probably get more if he weren't married.
- Nostalgic Music Box: "The Secret Life of Doctor Calgori" begins with one, underscored and eventually taken over by the sounds of steam and clockwork.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: In the novel, Dr. Calgori is very insistent that they can't meet up with his past self to repair the Ophelia.
- Of Corsets Sexy
- Religion Rant Song: One of the ways (the most obvious way) to interpret "Virus" is as a Type 2.
- Also possibly "False Prophecy."
- And "Stigmata Martyr."
- Self-Titled Album: Their first album, which seems to have been lost to the world. They also have a song called "Abney Park" on another album (which is about the cemetery).
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In the novel, Captain Robert and the rest try to do this, but because of the Butterfly of Doom, it didn't turn out so well.
- Shout-Out: From Victorian Vigilante:
Each night as I go walking underneath the lamplight.
- Sky Pirate: The group logo is a goggle-wearing skull and crossed cutlass-and-propeller; figure it out. Also the basis of much of their music, especially "Airship Pirates", "Under the Radar", "Post-Apocalypse Punk" and "Aether Shanty"; though by the lyrics they're not nearly as good at pirating as they'd like.
- The hidden track on Lost Horizons ("The Ballad of Captain Robert") splits it squarely between the lifestyle being rough, and them being pretty hopeless.
- They even named their RPG "Airship Pirates."
- Space Western: "Space Cowboy."
- Steampunk: Obviously.
- Stripperific: Look at them garments.
- Sword Cane: The person the vigilante in "Victorian Vigilante" kills has one of these.
- Tie-in Novel: The band has written a novel of stories set in the Abney Park backstory universe.
- Villain Song: "Evil Man"
- Wanderlust Song: "Wanderlust" from Aether Shanties.
And probably every other Steampunk trope.