Rebellious Attitude…Artistic State of Mind

The Edge of Queen Victoria

I like the quote from Queen Victoria: Beware of artists. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous.

And speaking of Her Royal Majesty, we recently encountered Steampunks when we met a band called Vive Le Vox at a photo shoot in Greensboro, NC.

Steampunks and the Steampunk “movement” were new to meĀ so I did a little research. Of course, research smesearch…so I’m basing what I’m saying here on what other people have written and on an all-too-short encounter with some of the coolest people we’ve had the pleasure of hobnobbing with.

Steampunk derives at least partly from an attraction to the 19th and early 20th Centuries when steam power ruled. Much of it draws on Victorian style and science fiction literature from writers like H.P. Lovecraft, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. So you get a truly eclectic and broad-shouldered expression with a wild mix of bulky machinery, grunginess, handlebar moustaches, sideburns, lace and fantasy. As far as music is concerned, Vive Le Vox is rather hard to pin down. It’s a unique and stirring mix of elements that make me think of everything from heavy metal to rockabilly. All of it, from the clothes they wear to the way they talk to the music they play is wild and beautiful stuff for those of us with a taste for things like that.

They make great subjects for photos, too.

Mike

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