I enjoy experimenting when it comes to music composition. I am blessed to have a group of friends who are not only awesome musicians but they too like to move into uncharted musical territories. The new Rustmonster album fits in this category. We have recorded 2 albums so far under the name Rustmonster. The first was called Last Voyage of the Black Betty. The second was called Flight of the Filthy Vicar. The whole project started as a kind of a lark. We thought it would be fun to write a few pirate songs. Here we are, about to release our third album. Also, we get calls every year to debark our frigate, so to speak, pirate up, and play a few shows. I have really enjoyed playing Rustmonster gigs. I hope they continue.
The new Rustmonster album has nothing to do with pirates. We have taken our sound and gone somewhere else. Every year for the past several years we have performed as the opening act for an event called The Gangrene Film Festival. To keep it fresh, we hit the stage with a different theme to keep it fresh. Preparation for these shows requires tremendous amounts of time and effort. Nearly a year of prep can go into even one show. And once we perform these shows, they are gone forever. All that work for one night. Dang. What a shame. Because of the fleeting nature of these over-the-top shows, we have become religious about archiving them on video. These shows are more than just gigs we play; they are our creations from alpha to omega. The concert videos represent hundreds of hours of work.
Back to Steampunk. For The Gangrene Film Festival: 2016, we composed an all original Steampunk Rock Opera. We experimented with the sound and found that it fell right into Rustmonster’s camp. We, hence, decided that this project would be a Rustmonster endeavor. The studio album is nearly done. We expect to release it by the end of 2016. In the meantime, here is a taste of the project, a live performance of our original Steampunk Anthem, Clockman.