Saturday night was the Filthy Spectacula‘s most recent gig, up at A Splendid Day Out (so splendid it now runs to two full days) in Morecambe.
The steampunk circuit is being very good to what my girlfriend calls the Filth; nonetheless we don’t really come from it and it doesn’t quite feel like home – we’re essentially just a rock band, albeit a very oddball one! Steampunk crowds therefore tend to be a bit of a switch of mode from our usual audiences. For one thing, they tend to sit down, and only a relatively small proportion can normally be cajoled / threatened / musically overpowered into dancing, even by our rhythm section. It takes a bit of an effort in that band to remember that they may be still enjoying themselves without bouncing up and down like poltergeist-owned pogo sticks – until the end of the song / set, as their applause and feedback are always very warm indeed.
However, it’s also a circuit that values its performers enough to pay them properly (hence how it was practical for us to go and play on the Lancashire coast given our home locations!), and is good at the classic festival / scene passing of acts along to each other (one of the other acts on Saturday had already performed with us once, in Brixton – the excellent Victor and the Bully. It’s good to build networks.).
So thanks Morecambe, and I think we’ll be back!