The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing is one of my favorite Steampunk bands. They do an amazing job of combining Steam and Punk in philosophy and sound into an amalgamation that creates some kick-ass music. When people ask me about Steampunk music and are expecting to hear more of the traditional punk aspects in our Victorian influenced world, this is the first band to which I direct them.
A while back, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing released wax cylinders of their first album, Now That’s What I Call Steampunk! last year, and they’ve determined to do it again. The single is entitled Free Spirit, and the wax cylinders will be available for purchase on their website.You can listen to it below:
Fans of The Men should take particular note that Free Spirit will not be released in any other format save the wax cylinders and an MP3 that comes with the purchase of the cylinder itself. So, if you want to own this song, you’re going to have to buy the cylinder! You can pick up one of 50 cylinders by going here, to their online store.
If you happen to be unfamiliar with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, you can learn more about themhrough their MySpace and Facebook page. You can also check out this brief clip of an interview they did before one of their performances at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Exciting news for all you Steampunk music lovers: the release of The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing’s first album is soon approaching it’s release date set for some time in May. The album is satirically dubbed: Now That’s What I Call Steampunk! Volume 1.
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing is a band based in London that took their name from the Goulston Street Graffito discovered above a section of Catherine Eddowes’ blood-stained apron thought to have been discarded by Jack the Ripper as he fled the scene of her murder.
This album is not to be missed. In Steampunk Magazine 7, they had this to say about The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing’s album, “if you’re only going to buy one album this year, then make absolutely fucking sure it’s this one.” Duly noted.
Even more exciting is the fact that forty specially made wax cylinders are being made by Poppy Records featuring one of the songs on the album.A wax cylinder was a popular medium for the recording and playback of music in the 19th century. It looks like this:
You can read the interview with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing here. It includes some exciting information about the release of their upcoming album and more information on their very limited wax cylinder edition of Now That’s What I Call Steampunk: Volume 1.
You can keep up with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing through their MySpace and Facebook page. You can get a sampling of their music on their MySpace page, where you can listen to Ebenezer’s Carol. I really like their punk sound, and I’m certain I’ll be buying their album come May, and so should you!