Posted on November 29, 2010 by Jingles | 4 Comments
I have just discovered Steampunk and fallen in love. One of my other passions is music. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society combine both of those things.
When you think of Steampunk music or a Steampunk band what does your mind conjure up? Ask 10 Steampunk fans and you will probably get 10 different answers. Steampunk music will be different to everyone, from the sound to the look to the subject of their songs and what they sing about to the philosophy or a combination of the aforementioned. Steampunk music is such a loosely defined and highly debatable genre of music.
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Is a jazz outfit that doesn’t sound or even look atypically Steampunk, most would probably say that Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society is just a great, nay awesome, jazz band. And they would be right. So what makes them so Steampunk? They hit Steampunk music from a philosophical angle. “Secret Society evokes an alternate musical history in which the dance orchestras that ruled the Swing Era never [became] extinct, but remained a popular and vital part of the evolving musical landscape.”
If you believe what you read, according to their web site they have critical response to their debut album, Infernal Machines, featuring an 18-piece bigband. The album hasbeen included on no less than 70 “best-of” lists and has won the Best Debut awward in Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll in 2009. Argue’s Secret Society won three categories in the 2010 DownBeat’s 2010 Critics’ Poll for Rising Star, Big Band; Rising Star, Composer; and Rising Star, Arranger. Argue and his Secret Society (that isn’t so secret anymore) were the recipients of two 2010 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards one for Large Ensemble of the Year and Up and the other for Coming Artist of the Year.
Hit up the Secret Society web site for some free music!