Retroreview: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing's Epic Second Album
This May Be the Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed by Conventional Weapons
When The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing recently put their entire catalog onto bandcamp, I felt an obligation to lean my goggles in a little closer, and bring some light to one of my favorite--and LOUDEST--steampunk bands.
For a bunny who prefers a triple rectifier to a banjo any day, this is definitely the kind of steampunk noise I can sink my paws into. Part punk, part tradition, TMTWNBBFN transcends time and space like true steampunks, and aren't afraid to borrow from multiple genres of music.
Their first few albums have always had a sort of raw production to them, with recordings that sounded like they had been played in some old world pub, soaked in ale and bad decisions. The Christmas album was a wonderful bit of heresy, but the essence of this band I believe can be found on their most recent album, released in 2012. Like a crackling old Tesla coil, This May Be the Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed by Conventional Weapons pushes TMTWNBBFN's belligerence to new levels, and should give the steampunk world a true musical shock.
With songs about masturbation, politics, and shit floating down the Thames river, TMTWNBBFN doesn't hold back and lives up to the "punk" style they wear so proudly. I'm particularly impressed by the production on this album. The guitars sound massive, and the songwriting features all of the things TMTWNBBFN is known for: big group choruses, fat riffs, ripping guitars and feedback. "Margate Fhtagn" puts TMTWNBBFN's schizophrenia on full display for 5 minutes of indie happy dance mixed with Cannibal Corpse. It makes perfect sense, because, after all, what else would a song about meeting Cthulhu and then buying him a pint sound like?
The Men's lead single off the album, a raucous history lesson about Isambad Kingdom Brunel.
This May Be the Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed by Conventional Weapons is an album that steampunks will absolutely enjoy. It's gritty, anthemic punk rock that makes you want to sing along with its ridiculous hilarity!
Rating: 9 Cogs out of 10
For Fans of: Flogging Molly, Alestorm, Dropkick Murphys
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