Album Review: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – “Not Your Typical Victorians”
Third album from the UK’s number one steampunk band, and I’m happy to report that it’s a worthy follow up to its two predecessors Now That’s What I Call Steampunk Volume 1 and This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons.
As with its predecessors, there’s a mix of the usual skewed humour and a few songs with a more darker serious undercurrent. On the one hand, the lurching Worst Sideshow Ever with its tale of a freak show done on the cheap will doubtless raise a few chuckles. However, A Clean Sweep and Miner are dark looks at the lives of chimney sweeps and miners in the era, while This House Is Not Haunted is a look at ghost stories from the point of view of an atheist. Elsewhere, the title track, while containing plenty of the typical TMTWNBBFN humour, makes a serious point about not stereotyping people.
Musically, it’s a good varied effort as well, from the lurching doom metal of Turned Out Nice Again, through the punky title track to the almost Kinks-ian vibe of I’m In Love With Marie Lloyd. Something here for everyone you could almost say.
TMTWNBBFN aren’t the easiest band to categorise, but what they are is very entertaining and adept, and Not Your Typical Victorians cements their reputation as one of the best bands in Britain today, steampunk or otherwise.
Not Your Typical Victorians ticks all the right boxes with me. By turns amusing, thought provoking and with plenty of good tunes and warped lyrics throughout, it's a good reminder of everything that makes this band so entertaining. Highly recommended.