One of my favorite Steampunk bands is Abney Park from Seattle, Washington. I think they are probably the best known Steampunk band and are helping to define the emerging genre.
They formed in 1997 as an industrial/gothic band and released six albums in this musical style. In 2006 they underwent line up changes, and re-emerged with in their current Steampunk style.
They wrote a fictional bio to explain the transformation of their band, a story in which they are pirates from an airship named Ophelia. They use this fictional account as the basis for the lyrics in there work. In this new form, they have released three albums - Lost Horizons in 2008, Aether Shanties in 2009, and End of Days in 2010.
While I'm not a big fan of the pirate references, I do enjoy the music itself. I would encourage anyone with an interest in Steanpunk to check them
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