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IMPORTANT QUESTIONS 
29th-Apr-2013 06:43 pm
IMPORTANT QUESTION for Abney Park Fans

What style of song would you be sad not to hear on the next album? 

Over the years it's like I developed a bunch if different genres for Abney Park songs. Airship Pirate songs, like Aether Shanties, Under The Radar, and Wrath Of Fate. The Electro Swing tracks, like Until The Day You Die and Victorian Vigilante. The Dance Epics like The Wrong Side, and Building Steam. The dance Exotic like Stigmata Martyr, and Sleep Isabella. The Post Apocalyptic Ho-down like Space Cowboy, and The End Of Days. The Electronic Steampunk-rock song, like Fight or Flight, or The Clock Yard. The tearful ballad: Victoria, Letters between a little boy and himself as an adult.

So, what do you want MORE of? I want to make sure everybody is happy with the next albm.
Comments 
30th-Apr-2011 01:50 am (UTC) - Dance Exotic and Airship Pirate songs!
And anything else you want to throw at us. : )
30th-Apr-2011 05:57 am (UTC) - Re: Dance Exotic and Airship Pirate songs!
I pretty much like all of those except the ballads. But what I really want more of is old-school punk like "Post Apocalypse Punk".
30th-Apr-2011 01:57 am (UTC)
I love Victorian Vigilante and Sleep Isabella, however, my favourite are definitely the tearful ballads without a doubt.
30th-Apr-2011 01:58 am (UTC)
Dance Epics and Dance Exotics, please. I prefer those to the ones where you're doing deep-and-distorted like End of Days, though I like that one too.
30th-Apr-2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Wow, that's tough. I love it all. Part of the reason is that your music fits any and all of my moons. I play Fight or Flight a lot. Know Victoria and Sleep Isabella by heart. But the family loves the Airship Pirate songs.

If I had to pick one...

So hard.

Electronic Steampunk-Rock.
30th-Apr-2011 02:01 am (UTC)
My favorites are certainly the Tearful ballad types, but I also love the dance exotic and electro swing!
30th-Apr-2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Chalk up another one for the Dance Exotic. Their presence in the middle of one of the CD's galvanizes the feeling of immersion in another world, like a masquerade ball scene in an old Gothic novel.
30th-Apr-2011 02:38 am (UTC)
I sense a process of elimination going on. Why not release a double set? (evil grin) ! (;{)> - Mac
30th-Apr-2011 04:33 am (UTC)
I agree a double cd :D that way everyone wins.. ^_^ Because theres never such a think as listening to to much Abney Park.
30th-Apr-2011 02:39 am (UTC)
You will never be able to make everyone happy with every single album.

From one artist to the other, take my advice. Do what YOU love, and it will be brilliant. Do what you think other people want, or what you think will sell, and not only will it be mediocre, but you'll end up losing your creativity (and even your soul) in the process.

YOUR passion is what will make the album great.

<3
30th-Apr-2011 05:55 am (UTC)
I think the point is he loves all of them :)

It's hardly selling out to ask for feedback from a few loyal fans!
30th-Apr-2011 02:44 am (UTC)
<3 it all.

However, Virus is my favorite from you guys. Make of that data whatever you wish.

So looking forward to you guys in Oakland on the 7th! I'm bringing my 6 year old niece, and she's excited! :)
30th-Apr-2011 03:03 am (UTC)
I think we have all of your albums now. Far and away, my favorite is Aether Shanties, followed by Lost Horizons. I miss the more industrial sound of some of your older albums and I'd like to hear the return of a more solid drum presence... and I guess a slightly harder sound.

Certain songs or types of songs get routinely skipped... I never listen to Victoria or Letters between a little boy and himself as an adult. I find I consistently listen to and enjoy what you're classifying as the electro swing tracks (I really like Until The Day You Die), Dance Epics (Building Steam), and the actual Airship Pirate tracks. You really sound like you're enjoying being the Captain in the latter, which makes them really fun to listen to.
2nd-May-2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Yes to this
30th-Apr-2011 03:28 am (UTC)
Electro Swing and dance Exotic
30th-Apr-2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Aether Shanties is my favorite album, and I'd love to hear something like Under the Radar on the next album. Those types of songs really get the blood pumping, and are fun anthems to rally to!
2nd-May-2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yes to this. Under the Radar, Stigmata Martyr, and Neobedouins are some of my favorite Abney Park songs. They almost always get played twice.
30th-Apr-2011 03:34 am (UTC)
More Dance Epics and more Dance Exotics. Then more Electro Swing and more Airship Pirates. The rest is good too, but this is sort of my order of favorites I suppose. :D
30th-Apr-2011 03:38 am (UTC)
You are so mean, wanting me to pick one. ;)

I love my Electronic Steampunk-rock. Post Apocalypse Punk is one of my favorites along with The Clock Yard. I also love my exotic dance. As my dance teacher calls them, "Those songs that are really chewy." Stigmata Martyr, Sacrilege, and Thorns and Brambles come to mind. Electro Swing and and Airship Pirates give the Exotic Dance a good run for its money. The only one that doesn't really do much for me are the Post Apocalyptic Ho-down.

With all that said, I have to agree with what's been said before: Do it for you and do what you love and the rest will fall in line.
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30th-Apr-2011 04:33 am (UTC)
I love all of what you've listed...

But, I would add a further one: SteamPunked Folk/Trad music, like "Stretched On Your Grave," and "The Derelict," for that matter!

For crying out loud, you've got nathan_fhtagn, one of the best fiddlers ever in the history of ever (though don't tell him that, we'd not want him to get too big a head over it!), and he can do the Irish and the Scottish stuff like no one's business...

Your arrangement of "Stretched On Your Grave" is totally fantastic, thus I'd love to see more creative re-envisionings of such set pieces...

Yes, there is a trad/folk substrate and strong strain in lots of your songs that utilizes that fiddling virtuosity (and the particular talents of everyone, yourself included!), but I think re-defining some old classics that have truly stood the test of time is also a great deal of fun.
30th-Apr-2011 04:44 am (UTC)
ohmygosh yes! More steampunked folk/trad! That would be most excellent.

(My friend said she'd love to hear a cover of "Maddy Groves")
30th-Apr-2011 04:36 am (UTC)
I will be happy with whatever you choose to record, sir. Abney Park never disappoints.
30th-Apr-2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Every song you listed made me go "Ooo, yes, more of that!" Not helpful.

What I will say is that "Airship Pirate" was the first AP song I heard. It inspired me to dress as an Airship Pirate for Halloween. So definitely more Airship Pirate type songs.

"The Clock Yard" is wonderful, as are "Until the Day You Die". I listened to "False Prophecy" near constantly for about a month. "Under the Radar" and "The Wrong Side" are also favorites.

I guess I'd put the "Post Apocalyptic Hoedown" one as my least favorite, though I still like those. I LOVE piano/keyboard pieces and Nathan's solo in "Airship Pirate" is my favorite part of that song - the clear old-timey nautical shanty music, played so beautifully! I also like songs that tell stories or paint pictures; I love the imagery in Abney Park songs.

Did that help? I hope it helped. Honestly, you're going to get money from me regardless. ;)
30th-Apr-2011 06:04 am (UTC)
<"Airship Pirate" was the first AP song I heard.>

Yup. Same here. And I will forever smile and grin when I hear it. (Which happens a lot!)
30th-Apr-2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Stigmata Martyr, Root of All Evil, Wrong Side, and Black Day are my favorites, so anything more in those styles would always thrill me.
30th-Apr-2011 05:06 am (UTC)
The single most important part of any Abney Park album:

A song that everyone must get up to dance to!

I'm not particular on whether it's Electro Swing, Dance Epic, Dance exotic, Ho-Down, or anything else that you like... just have one song that commands everyone to get up and boogie.

You've never disappointed on that point. And I doubt that you ever could.
30th-Apr-2011 05:15 am (UTC)
I'm biased because I'm a guitar player, so I prefer listening to the "Electronic Steampunk-rock" songs. At the same time, I love a good story, so I thoroughly enjoy the Airship Pirate songs, as well. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy pretty much everything you've put out there, but those two are by far my favorites.

Incidentally, I loved the guitar on "Wrath of Fate." It is perhaps my favorite Abney Park song to date.
30th-Apr-2011 05:59 am (UTC)
First of all, I really think that's it's cool that you ask your fans what they would like to hear. Personally, I'm not that much into ballads so everything fast is great for me :)
But most of all, you should do the songs you and the band like, because we will hear the joy you have while playing and recording the songs you prefer. And we will be very fine with whatever you will present us on the next album :)

Can't wait for it. The impression of "Bad Things to Come" was great.
30th-Apr-2011 06:03 am (UTC)
Definitely, for me, the Airship Pirate songs and the Electro Swing. But man, can you ask mean questions!!
30th-Apr-2011 06:14 am (UTC)
My favorite are the electro swing style, and I know a good friend of mine agrees.
30th-Apr-2011 08:46 am (UTC)
Ballads. Tracks, like Herr Drosselmeyer's Doll, The Secret Life Of Dr Calgori.
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