STEAMPUNK MUSIC: Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys

Halloween came and went! I would post the finished Cubone cosplay I was working on but it’s pretty much similar to the previous post. I just sported tan and brown colors so there wasn’t much of a difference. I wasn’t a big fan either because I always do a cosplay then change my mind but with the support of the husband, I ended up wearing it to Salem, MA. EVERYONE kept saying how Salem is worse than NYC on Halloween. I beg to differ. NYC was A LOT more crowded but Salem was fun. Of course, we did arrive after the parade finished so maybe that’s why it wasn’t as big and crowded as I expected it to be.

Anyhoo! For those who know my husband will know he is not a huge music person. I love going to shows and concerts and he would rather go to conventions and bookstores. Conventions and bookstores are great but I will always push for a concert than a bookstore. To my surprise, he actually wanted to go to a show Sunday. The band playing was Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys. Now, if you’re a steampunk fan, you may know of them, if you’re not, you may very well not have never heard them. We went to see them at Cuisine En Locale which is located in Somerville, MA. Now, in my previous post, I explained the terrible, horrible experience I suffered through at this place so this post will be just about the actual show I saw Sunday.

While we sat at our table, I noticed a man with a VERY LARGE feathery headpiece on. He was the lead singer, Walter. I thought to myself, “okay, this is going to be something new.” I remember hearing their music on CD and thought they weren’t that bad. Not my cup of tea in music genre but it was interesting. I try to keep my mind open to different music… no matter how bizarre it may appear and this my friends… was very… bizarre. Funny thing about the mysterious man in the towering of a headpiece was that it worked. It left an impression on me and I will never encounter another show where the lead vocalist has something like that on. Rob Zombie doesn’t count. I could not tell you the set list they played because I was not prepared to take notes. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d want to write about them but, now looking back, I wish I had taken notes. The band performed in this small restaurant setting that made the show very intimate. To me, they were pretty amazing, sounded exactly like their CD. To my husband, he did catch their change of lyrics (there were children so they had to PG their lyrics) and a slightly out of tune instrument, nevertheless, he enjoyed the show.

Courtesy of their Facebook page

Their sound was so unique and so different. By looking at them, you can tell they have fun at their shows. They aren’t trying to impress anyone, frankly, I don’t think they really give a shit. They didn’t care what new people (such as myself) thought of them, they knew they were surrounded by loyal fans who dragged their kids to see them play. More praise to them! Besides the singer, their ukulele player, Jojo, was a memorable character. She was tiny and cute as a button. She actually reminded me A LOT of Bob’s Burger’s Louis. Jojo looked and sounded like her. She was missing the bunny ears… so fucking cute.

Thanks Google!

All in all, their music is something you don’t hear every day but that is the beauty of it. It’s refreshing to hear new music that isn’t mainstream… You hear that, hipsters?! Get on this bandwagon. Their performance was enough to ALMOST let me forget about losing my wedding and engagement rings. I wouldn’t mind seeing them again 🙂

I leave you with one of the songs I actually do enjoy. This one is called Pornival. Enjoy 🙂