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Not Your Typical Victorians: The Latest Release from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing
Created by Mister M on 10/5/2015 4:44:43 PM

Mister M reviews the new release from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing


Not Your Typical Victorians is the third album by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and it’s the one that sounds the best. The vocals are clearer and the metal is heavier. This time it sounds like they focused on the music. By no means is this to say that they have dropped the Victoriana or the laughs. Their steamPUNK just improved with age.

My working hypothesis is that the band started to play more shows and festivals outside of the steampunk crowd. Follow them on Facebook and you can see where they have been playing. As you grow in public, you get an idea of how to play to the audience. The Men take the road of honing their skills and improving what they do. Not surprising, as guitarist Andrew O’Neill and bassist Marc Burrows are comedians who have to road test material. Follow young punk bands and you will hear innumerable crappily recorded albums and seven-inches, but you will hear them mature. Sonically, the Men have grown as a unit. It’s reflected by what they have done on Not Your Typical Victorians in London’s Livingston Studios.

It begins with “{tmtwnbbfn},” and audio collage that features the unsettling yet jaunty “Lincolnshire Poacher” from The Conet Project’s collection of shortwave numbers station recordings. “Not Your Typical Victorian” follows it up with the rumbling, knees-up music hall style that has served them well on previous tunes like “Steph(v)enson” or “Bedlam.” It has that old-timey sound you get from the more 6/8 time Eric Idle-y Monty Python songs. (Take it from me; I have The Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book.) It’s the third track, “A Clean Sweep” that sets the tone for the rest of the album. It’s musically heavy, with some snarling (but clear!) vocals. The chimney sweeps getting stuck is just icing on the cake. It also uses an audio sample to introduce the track, which is repeated on “This House Is Not Haunted,” “Vive Le Difference Engine,” “Miner” and “(I’m In Love With) Marie Lloyd.” Ahh, it takes me back to the punk and indie albums of the 90s!

I have a soft spot for “The Worst Sideshow Ever.” It’s all I could have wanted from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. It’s a guitar-heavy waltz with clanks and creaks. The disappointing acts include a bearded lady that’s just a man in a dress and pickled punks that are just gherkins. On every level, it nails The Men’s aesthetic.

Pre-orders have been available in several formats: digital, CD, double CD and fanzine, and deluxe versions with chocolate and gin. Appropriate, as the previously released single “The Gin Song” puts a bow on the album.

Not Your Typical Victorians can be ordered at http://blamedfornothing.bandcamp.com/album/not-your-typical-victorians.

Mr. M plays theremin and other oddball musical devices in the old-timey mad scientist band The White City Rippers and twangs washtub bass in the steampunk Britney Spears tribute band Spears and Gears. He also spins the amber oldies with the Lords & Ladies DJ crew.

 

 

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