So what happens when a trio of robots that were built in the late 1800s to do battle against evil giant copper elephants suddenly find themselves without a war to fight? They form a band instead – and not just any band, but a show mixed out of equal parts harmonizing, pantomiming, and just plain madcap robotic fun.
That’s right, Bunny Bennett (aka Rabbit) was kind enough to be subjected to a BtS interview recently. Fans will recognize him as one of the singing robots from Steam Powered Giraffe – a band that’s been growing in popularity in steampunk circles, for very good reason!
Our favorite robots (Rabbit, The Spine, and The Jon) have a musical style that ranges from circus cabaret to swing to zydeco to Beatles-inspired futuristic, and almost everywhere in between – and they put on fabulous live shows that highlight their amazing robot mime skills. (Or are they really robots?) If you can’t get to the San Diego Zoo this summer, where they’re putting on daily shows, keep an eye out for upcoming steampunk conventions and other venues where the robots might be stopping by in months to come. We’ve heard their act is not one to miss!
Steam Powered Giraffe have a new album out, The 2¢ Show, as well as a hilarious behind-the-music style DVD that showcases two of the things the boys do best: Make great music, while being completely off-the-wall bonkers. In our interview, Bunny talks about Steam Powered Giraffe’s latest projects, their music, the robots and makeup, and quite a few other fun tidbits. (And Alyssa pretty much carried the interview, as Kristin – a huge SPG fan – was suffering from fangirl brain overload!)
Full interview with Bunny Bennett aka Rabbit!!
For band and tour information, albums, and merchandise, visit Steam Powered Giraffe’s official website.
Follow Steam Powered Giraffe on Twitter at @SPGiraffe.
Their Facebook page
Rabbit’s also a talented artist! Check out his artwork on his deviantART page.
Thanks again for stopping by Behind the Steam! Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @BehindTheSteam to be informed of upcoming interviews by more of your favorite steampunk artists, as well as music reviews and other surprises!
~ Alyssa and Kristin
- Please forgive a few of our audio hiccups, BtS is in the process of getting better recording equipment! (Anybody have good mics they want to donate?)
- Introducing questions from the Steampunk Horde!!! (Kristin’s 6 kids!)
- Bunny Bennett has a very sexy voice so make sure you listen to the podcast!
- This was cut out of the podcast due to audio issues, but Anya (age 6) of the Steampunk Horde let The Spine of SPG know that she has claimed him as her future husband, so the rest of you just back off! 😉