On 18th November 2015, Southampton music venue The Talking Heads hosted a Victorian Steampunk band named The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing who performed a live gig alongside a scheduled stand-up comedy act by one of the former members of the band, Andrew O’ Neil. The event also featured a support band – Arid Wave – whose grunge style offered refreshing variety to the audience.
I arrived at 17:30 in preparation to interview the band and was fortunate enough to witness their sound check, which I enjoyed. Previously I had never been to a Steampunk gig and didn’t know anything about the genre.
The show managed to open my mind to this type of music. The opening support of Arid Wave was a great starting point to build excitement amongst the already spirited crowd. It was a great start to the night, especially for those of us who were unfamiliar regarding this genre of the music, such as myself.
In the heat of the limelight, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, with their eccentric dress style, performed on a simple and minimalistic stage with the use of unconventional musical instruments, all of which gave the gig an added dimension of originality and creativity. Breaking into a sweat, they gave a clear indication of the passion they have for music.
As the night progressed the crowd went absolutely wild, letting loose and enjoying themselves in the mosh pit and singing along to several songs which clearly buoyed the atmosphere.
Overall, my experience at the show was fantastic, so much so I’m now a fan of steampunk!