Updates from Abney Park

It’s been a while since I let you, my dear readers, know what Abney Park has been up to as of late, though it’s certainly not for lack of activity! Everyone’s favorite airship pirates have been hard at work creating a new album and preparing for a number of awesome shows that are just on the horizon.

The band has been hard at work in the studio to produce yet another album for your auditory delight. Here’s a small glimpse into the sound for their newest project with the song, Bad Things Coming.

Of course, that’s not all they’ve been up to as of late. There’s a number of shows that the band is gearing up for, including one tomorrow in Oakland at the Oakland Metro Opera House.

Organized by Swing Goth, Blackbeard’s Ball will begin at 8 PM and will feature two sets of Abney Park awesomeness, aerialists, acrobats, and belly dancers in a full-on show of epic proportions. Pick up your tickets here before they sell out.

And if you find yourself outside of the greater Bay Area, fear not! There will be many an opportunity to see them live. Visit their website often for an ever-developing list of upcoming shows. Next up after Oakland:  the World Steam Expo in Dearborn, Michigan.

To get these and many more awesome updates from the band, be sure to sign up for Abney Park’s mailing list to stay up to date on all the latest from them.

Airship Ventures

During the Q&A session with Abney Park at A-Kon 21, somehow Captain Robert got on the topic of airships (crazy, I know) and regaled the audience with an incredible tale of high flying adventure!

A while back, Abney Park was approached by a company called Airship Ventures. They worked out a deal wherein the band would play a concert in the belly of an airship in what would be the first airship flight of the 21st century. The band crafted miniature instruments specifically for the cramped quarters of an airship in preparation for this historic event. Tickets to said event sold out in 12 seconds. 12 freaking seconds. I’d hate to be the person who was waiting for purchasing to start, when a spot on the TV distracted him for a moment:

“Oh, I’ll just watch some TV while I wait for this epic Abney Park concert’s tickets to go on sale.”

13 seconds later

“That was a dumb commercial! Time to buy my…. Damn it!”

All seemed a go until the day of the historic airship launch and the high flying concert, when a thunderstorm grounded the flight. Though incredibly disappointing, it was the right decision, especially when one considers what happened on the last airship flight of the 20th century:

Yeah... probably better to err on the side of caution.

And while the band did not get to perform in the first ever airship flight since the Hindenburg disaster, there are still airship flights of San Fransisco Bay, LA, and the Monterrey Coast flown by Airship Ventures. What better place to hold a Steampunk meeting than in an ACTUAL AIRSHIP?

Be aware, though… flights will cost the aspiring airship pirate quite a pretty penny to get the privilege of traveling in what is one of the most Steampunk manners possible.

And, as for the Abney Park concert, it’s on hold, but I think everyone is hoping that it goes through at some point. It’s just too epic not to do.

Wonderland: A Tim Burton Ball

If you happen to find yourself in San Francisco tomorrow, Friday February 5th, I must recommend an event which is sure to excite: Wonderland: A Tim Burton Ball at the DNA Lounge. A month before the release of Alice in Wonderland, this event promises to be one worth dressing up for and attending.

But perhaps the fact that this is Tim Burton ball isn’t enough for you. If you’re asking why I’m showing you an event clearly hosted by Goths, then let me highlight the evening’s main Performance: Abney Park!

This band is trailblazing the concept Steampunk music. They’ve got a fantastic sound, and they are entirely dedicated to the Steampunk subculture. Here’s a sample video of one of my favorite songs by them, Airship Pirate. Plus, you can take a look at their Steampunk influenced recording studio, which is nothing short of decadent.

Awesome. Don’t miss the chance to see these guys live!

A bit more about the ball: Tickets are available to pre-order for $16 at the DNA Lounge’s website if the pre-order stock hasn’t sold out. Otherwise, it’s $18 dollars at the door in a Tim Burton character costume, and $20 without a costume. Dancing lessons are just 5 dollars and include instruction into the Polka and the Jitterbug, which starts at 7:30 and goes until 9:30. This event is for all ages and lasts until 3 in the morning.

For those of you on Facebook, the event has its own page there as well. Check it out here.

As I am in Dallas, Texas, I fear I will not able to make the event, but for those who do, I’d love to hear about how it was!