Rex Marksley comic and Salgexicon and friends podcast radio show.
This came out so good yay :D
Jackalope lady and Rex Marksley with his steampunk Thanos infinity gauntlet.
Captain Albert Alexander by Steam Powered Giraffe
During the SPG panel Sunday Morning @ The Wild Wild West Con!
Yay impromptu acoustic performance of Captain at a convention! Wooooo!
Had a great time at WWWC as usual! Love the intimacy of the convention. The unique location, the warm sun, and the cowboy theme- it’s so much fun.
I’m so glad I can actually talk to fans casually, hang out, eat with them…get to know them. Can’t do that at most other conventions. :)
Good show, good fun, and we got to mingle with all our steampunk friends and fans.
Here’s hoping for a fourth year with SPG!
A very unique experience for both con-goer and entertainer alike.
We had a blast, made lots of new friends, and spent a ton of time with fans!
Bang bang! Tucson Arizona!
Wild Wild West Con!
Got to dress up as Rex Marksley from my song Rex Marksley!
Fan selfie! Woo!
The screaming is me
Waiting for food at Wild Wild West Con, Tucson Arizona.
A full day of Steam Powered Giraffe panels and then on to performing a concert tonight.
Interestingly enough, I really dislike circuity. And most of Jon’s songs. And I wasn’t much of a fan of his character.
That being said, Bands in general are in a interesting position for professionalism. They don’t have clients, they have an audience. They can have any behaviors they want as long as it doesn’t offend their audience. They don’t have to appeal to clients or hold a professional image. And I think that’s probably why I felt so reactionary to Bunny’s post- the creative professional community I’m in now is pretty lax, but is also invested in making sure one gives off an air of professionalism and accountability.
I’ve been made aware that Bunny does have reason to hold a grudge in this situation, and the nature of her work allows for her to not have to hold back. I think it’s rude to be dismissive of someone who helped you get where you are- but Bunny’s situation, her job, makes it so that she doesn’t have to self-censor her feelings on the subject.
I think the most insulting thing in all of this, isn’t that someone is going out of their way to find grief from us towards Jon in things we say, it’s the assumption from fans that we’re just assholes.
We’ve never slandered Jon, and we talk about him all the time and stuff at panels. Saying we didn’t like this song or that is our own individual opinions, but we don’t bring up Jon like it’s the plague or it’s unspeakable.
That’s far from the truth. He was a part of the act, and we started the group out with him.
It changed early on, and people left before him…and years after that unfortunetly it wasn’t jiving between him and the other members.
Yeah it sucks, and no body wins, but it was best for everyone involved.
Not for the fans of course, but that’s just the relationship.
Being disrespectful to him is not something we’ve ever set out to do, and in fact we’ve gone out of our way to keep everything private about the whole situation as much as possible. It’s easy to talk trash, anyone can do that and it requires no extensive knowledge of a person.
The issue here is someone looking into things because they assume there are harsh feelings towards a past member of the group from a current member to the extent that said person would go out of their way to poke, jab, and prod at them.
Hey, I like a lot of Jon’s songs.
I am not out to hate on him.
I am in contact with him a bit just from a business stand point, royalties, and all that, but I am happy to even have that relationship with him.
But just to show you we’re as honest as possible without intentionally being assholes….
Jon’s a great guy and made a lot of people happy.
But I hate Circuitry, I hate it now, and I hated it when he threw it on the table for us to see three days before we sent the album off for production. I also dislike Please Explain, and Turn Back the Clock.
What of it?
Jon has hated tons of our songs.
Sam hates some songs.
We’re a group.
Let’s not make what is comfortable talking about for us an evil, negative, and slanderous thing.
That’s just spreading rumors that are based in your truths and not in ours. If I held any ounce of hatred to past members, I would be a completely different person than I am now. We all hold grudges to people…but do those grudges REALLY eat away at us in this group?
I don’t think so. It’s a working relationship, and we are all sensible and easy-going people in that respect.
Anywho, there’s my long-winded perspective.
Hope it helps. :/
We decided that this had to happen apparently. NInja Spine or maybe Jedi Spine. Either way fun pictures. I think it’s bad ass.
reddit: the front page of the internet
It’s weird this abbreviation is the more used subreddit, isn’t it? The ‘steampoweredgiraffe’ one isn’t widely used. Both though, have pretty terrible header images with stretched pixelated graphics and or out-of-date images. Makes me cringe to even point you in this direction, but I’m glad we have some reddit stuff going on.
I’m not sure how WE interact on reddit. I’ve seen other creators do it- but I’ve yet to master it.
I will pipe in on some interesting posts about MK III and it feeling more “self aware” or having a “sold out” sound.
I don’t like dissecting my own songs for everyone, as I like reading other peoples interpretations…but who cares.
As fans you dig deeper anyway. So I can share my thoughts on the album and you can take it as you will.
So there’s not a ton of reviews on our albums that aren’t MK III. And certainly that’s because of the growth and the number of people listening to us. So, typical opinions with bands is that you find that one really good CD right? And then you want more of the same.
And I’m usually disappointed in other bands. I keep waiting for The Killers to release another Sam’s Town. Finally they did Battle Born…which is a pretty sweet album. But it took a butt ton of “meh” content for me to be satisfied.
I dunno…when I compare all our albums its super biased. Because I see the progress…the growth…the emotions behind the songs…and the exploration.
2-Cent Show definitely created a bridge we couldn’t go down (Jon’s progressing music). Jon’s contributions of Ju Ju Magic, Little Birdie, and the…Technology song at the end were too spacy for my tastes. And don’t they sound so disjointed from the rest of the album? I loved JuJu live…never understood what happened to it on the album. Different key…sounds weird. I dunno. It was four artists trying to piece something coherent together.
But without mine and David’s insistence on the “road trip across America” feel…it falls apart. Thankfully there’s those really rich folky sounds in 2-Cent Show along with AEH and such. It makes for a consistent album.
Certainly…MK III is lacking the folk. You have 50s, 60s, and 70s in the nostalgic vein with songs like I’ll Rust With You, She Said Maybe, and Rollerskate King- but I think we time traveled out of the 20s and 30s too far for some folks.
When we created the band the idea was that “no genre is off limits.” The robots have been around so long…their number of songs would cover such a wide variety.
The retro songs are the staple.
The other ones on the album? Well. Exploration. They deviate from what’s expected perhaps. From any sort of perceived formula.
MK III has some of my favorite songs…David’s Wired Wrong and She Said Maybe I’m so familiar with…they could have been released on Album 2 had we the space.
I’ll Rust With You is certainly my pick for stand out song written by me. And Ghost Grinder. They sound like “SPG” to me.
Mecto Amore is the odd duck I think stylistically. I can’t speak for that…because its my own thing. It’s the song I wrote for me…about me (well, and the band) and it’s purely selfish adoration of the melody. I like singing it.
For me, it references a specific history in the band (Jon’s departure and our rise on Tumblr). Not only because that’s when it was written…but because that’s what I wrote it about.
Commentary on how David, Sam, and I feel about drugs, religion, and fame also runs rampant in the song. I look at it as a big throw-off. It’s a repetitive semi-poppy easy-to-sing song with too complicated of lyrics. And when you dissect them its angsty and depressing to contrast the upbeat melody.
Basically…all this commentary and emotion jammed into a cookie-cutter pop formula. And like the Spine essentially says…”same message…new paintjob.” Maybe it helps to imagine Rabbit force feeding the commentary down your throat while singing it. I dunno.
If Mecto Amore represents where 2-Cent Show left off quite literally…
Bleak Horizons represents right now. Turning to the scary unknown future. Not only as a team, but with our fans.
I thought it was pretty obvious, and maybe it is. But when I see reviews saying the sort of things they do….to me it’s like “yeah, don’t you see that right here? That’s what this song is all about!”
But of course…how everyone reacts to a song is different. As an artist you just hope there’s some semblance of understanding of my intention. But as with most of my work- I think those thoughts and expressions are for me primarily. Not necessarily for fans.
So many people tell me what Honeybee means to them- or Brass Goggles or AEH…
and those thoughts aren’t wrong. We wrote the songs feeling the way we did…and maybe some of them are more obvious than others. But you as an audience devour the content as you wish. What means something to me isn’t going to mean something to you necessarily.
For instance…Turn Back The Clock is nostalgia for Balboa Park- missing certain fans and seeing their children growing up. Nostalgic pain. And that could be applied to anyone’s perception of the band. If you came in on 2-Cent Show or the zoo…maybe that’s your painful nostalgia.
I can’t speak for every single song…but there’s certainly an overarching theme of “new” and “change” with the header and footer songs: SPG Intro, Mecto, Turn Back The Clock, and Bleak Horizons.
It’s funny because in my mind we’re singing about…all these concerns folks have…cliche band stuff like…”it’ll never be the same. I wish they could go back to how I remember them” etc, etc.
In that sense I feel its a very self aware album. When we bridged it together we knew the message we wanted to say. Even on the outside The album art is sleek and black…and yet you open it up and its still in its blueprint stage….
…representing the ever-changing image of the band? The sound? The reality of what went on while making it? Your choice.
And ultimately it is a transitory album because of how it leads into our next one.
I ultimately think the end of the album is a great warning.
Conceptual aesthetics aside for our next release…
the next album is once again going to just mix up any semblance of formula.
Diversity is key for me.
I don’t want any of our albums to sound alike.
That’s not the “concept” in my eyes.
We have two things going on when a new album comes out, progressive change that happens as we get older, and more learned, and intentional change that we gear an album towards based on the “concept”.
We might revisit our folky and vaudeville sound in future albums, but I can tell you right now….the album coming after MK III is super high concept, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s heavily lacking folky stuff.
I’ll always write as much folk stuff as I can though, as I know a lot of people eat that stuff up…and it harkens back to our busking days of performing live in Balboa Park with acoustic instruments…
MK III had a “new” feeling to me.
You can hear it as our musical director for the album, Michael Reed tries to tie in a similar sound with a majority of the songs. Any of the songs could have gone either way…we could make them folky if we wanted I suppose…but the “idea” for the songs are as they are on the album.
Unlike most bands, we do have more than just the music going for us.
There are characters to witness, backstory, and lore to digest….
We hope that the entire package is what draws people in, but we know some people are only eating at the parts they care for…which is fine.
Steam Powered Giraffe has something for everyone I think, even if that’s just “one song” that someone likes and nothing else. The group being diverse with it’s songs does make it hard to take in all of the content for some people, especially if they really only like certain types of songs.
In the end though, the artists will do what they do to makes themselves happy. We are still home-grown and doing everything ourselves without any outside help outside of the group. We are able to go off and do ridiculous things or change our sound if we wish….because we are not tied to a record label or producer. If people end up hating whatever new thing we do, it will show in fan reactions. We’re not deft to that stuff….we’re actually pretty good at picking up on what people DO like. We only SOMETIMES do things that we know only we will like personally and no one else will. :P