A Song For January: Hot On The Trail by Steam Powered Giraffe

Welcome, one and all, to what I’m planning to be a new regular feature on the site: A Song For… Here, I’ll be picking a song that encompasses a month for me. I listen to most genres, so you should see some fun stuff popping up here and there. The main thing is that it will be a song that has significance for me for the month. So, let’s look at this month’s entry!

Hot On The Trail by Steam Powered Giraffe

Apologies, but the song won’t embed, unfortunately. Click the title though, and you’ll be taken to the video on YouTube in a different window.

Formed in 2008, the group describes themselves as “a musical act that combines robot pantomime, puppetry, ballet, comedy, projections, and music.” Over the years, the band has released multiple albums and performed live everywhere from steampunk and anime conventions to Downtown Disney.

Thematically, they usually feature three robot performers and the occasional human. The constants in this are the identical twins Michael ‘The Spine’ Bennett and Isabella ‘Rabbit’ Bennett, who originally formed the band. The current line-up also includes Bryan ‘Zero’ Barbarbin. Isabella also writes comics based on the lore of the Steam Powered Giraffe Universe.

The song above is from their latest album, 1896, and it’s one that I really love. While some of their covers (such as Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’) show off The Spine’s full vocal range a lot more, this one I think does a great job of showing what the band is about. The vocals are excellent, and the visual aspect of the robot pantomime comes across really well in the simple video. On top of that, the subtle changes in the body language throughout really help visualise the lyrics.

And that’s the thing with this group. The vocal performances are consistently great, the lyrics are strong, but the visual aspect is really important because it binds the whole act together.

So, I hope you enjoy the robot goodness. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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