Recently, Marc from The Mend That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing was kind enough to get in touch with me and told me about their upcoming release, A Very Steampunk Christmas.
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing return December 13th with ‘A Very Steampunk Christmas’ EP, a special limited edition 7” and download, celebrating the season to be jolly.
The four-track release is led by ‘Ebenezer’s Carol’, an alternative take on the classic Dickens story, in true anachronistic Steampunk style, this time casting Scrooge as a conman, faking Christmas cheer for his own ends. The track sees Andrew O’Neill (guitar), Marc Burrows (bass) and Andy Heintz (musical saw) sharing the lead vocal in an unashamed attempt to create a classic Christmas rock record.
The EP is rounded out with brutal punk takes on festive standards ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ (re-titled ‘Comfort and Oi! Oi! Oi!) and ‘Silent Night’, here rendered in German and featuring the vocals of fringe cabaret star Lady Carol. Final track ‘Fox’, is a staple of the bands live show and is inspired by the traditional English Boxing Day Hunt, with Heintz voicing the titular fox, and O’Neill his bewildered new friend, over simple acoustic guitar and Heintz’ musical saw.
The EP closes a busy year for the Victorian Punk 4 piece, which has included the release of debut album ‘Now That’s What I Call Steampunk Volume One’ released in May this year to a slew of critical praise, performances at World Steam Expo in the USA, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Whitby Goth Weekender, a headline slot at The Asylum (The UK’s only Steampunk convention and festival) and headlining their own show in their native London. In October the track ‘Charlie’ was included on the Sepiachord Passport CD released in the US, featuring the cream of Steampunk and dark cabaret artists from around the world as compiled by the renowned Sepiachord Website based in Seattle.
A Very Steampunk Christmas is available for purchase as an EP on 7th and download only on December 13th. You can listen to the tracks below to see if the music is to your liking. If so, you can purchase the EP here at Amazon. Check back on the 13th for the digital download.