What’s Next for Steam Powered Giraffe in 2017?
Howdy musical automaton enthusiasts!
After wrapping up our last live show of the year in Bakersfield, California this past weekend, the band sees 2016 come to a close. We had a thoroughly enjoyable year full of concerts, conventions, music videos, and even a new album release. Our fans have truly humbled us this year, and we love seeing familiar faces, meeting new fans at our shows, and of course are always thankful for the love and support sent to us through email, fan mail, and our social streams!
Now that our last show for the year is over, we feel the time is right to make a very big announcement for 2017.
Samuel Luke, who plays the beloved mustachioed robot “Hatchworth,” is departing the band to pursue his own artistic endeavors. Sam approached the band a while ago about wanting to focus on his own personal art projects, but he wanted to stay on as a member until a suitable replacement for him could be found.
Sam joined the band in 2011 as a drummer to work with the band as they performed at the San Diego Zoo from 2011 to 2012; after which he became a lead robot performer after Jon Sprague’s departure in 2012. It’s been a fantastic ride with Sam and we’ve accomplished much together in the last six years.
It has taken quite a lot of time, but Isabella Bennett (Rabbit), David Bennett (The Spine), and Samuel Luke (Hatchworth) have found a replacement and have been training him for his debut.
Please welcome Mr. Bryan Barbarin and his robot character “Zero” to Steam Powered Giraffe!
Bryan is a friend of the Bennetts from their college days, well versed in musical theater, mime, acting, and a plethora of other talents. He even has his own band called ‘The Routine’ that he sings lead vocals in (http://www.theroutineband.com/#theroutine).
Isabella, David, and Bryan had an improv troupe in college together, performed in college theater productions, and did a touring children’s show under the direction of Jerry Hager (Kazoo the Mime of Seaport Village fame). Now Bryan joins the Bennetts on stage as the robot Zero, alongside ballet dancers/Walter Workers Chelsea and Camille Penyak, and the band’s sound engineer Steve Negrete.
Sam’s departure is bittersweet for the band and many fans. No one can replace what he brought to the act with his character Hatchworth, but of course we wish him well in his artistic endeavors! There is an excitement in the air having a new performer on stage, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with Bryan, Zero, and the next iteration of the act as we continue into the new year.
However, we have a special holiday present for you to hint at things to come, and to wrap up 2016: A brand new song and music video featuring the newest member of Steam Powered Giraffe, Bryan Barbarin as Zero the robot!
It’s our cover of the song “A Marshmallow World,” and it’s just in time for the winter holidays. The music video features Zero, The Spine, Rabbit, and the Walter Workers Chelsea and Camille.
Along with the music video, we have a brand new episode our podcast “The Bennettarium” scheduled this week that features David (The Spine), Isabella (Rabbit), Sam (Hatchworth), and Bryan (Zero)! That’s right! All of the robots together for one special podcast! We will be recording and livestreaming this episode of the podcast to Engineer-eteers this Tuesday (December 20th) at 3:00pm PST. http://steampoweredgiraffe.com/engineers
The podcast episode will go live that evening for everyone else to listen to for free after the stream. We hope you’ll tune in to send Sam off and welcome Bryan on board!
We would also like to take this time to announce Zero’s first live performance with Steam Powered Giraffe!
Saturday February 18th 2017 at the The Center Theater at The California Center for the Arts in Escondido, California: http://artcenter.org/event/steam-powered-giraffe
We’ve got plenty of shows lined up after that around the United States (and abroad perhaps? Fingers crossed), and we can’t wait to share the new act with you all!
With all of that said, we’d like to leave you with some parting words from Sam.
Please be sure to follow him for his future endeavors, and support the music projects he puts out!
“2016 has been a tough year for the entertainment industry and now to top it all off Hatchworth is leaving Steam Powered Giraffe. This is one way of looking at it however I assure you it’s going to only increase the amount of art and music in 2017 for you. I’m leaving the group so I can focus solely on my own personal goals. I’ve learned a lot from my time with Steam Powered Giraffe (an informal college education if you will) and it all takes a lot of time and energy. Of course it’s going to be risky for me but that risk is only on me. The risk is even greater for a character-centric act to replace a well-liked (hopefully) character, but all of us at Steam Powered Giraffe really feel that you’re going to like Bryan and Zero. So look at it this way: SPG’s family is growing. We’ve got a new member of the family and baby Sam has graduated big boy school and is off to smash his art and his music into your eyes and ears. Thanks for having me and until next time.” -Samuel Luke (Hatchworth)
Keep up to date with what Sam’s up to next on his twitter (http://www.twitter.com/samhears)
You can also check out his personal music on bandcamp (http://samhears.bandcamp.com)
And of course, you can watch him make art and play video games on twitch! (http://www.twitch.tv/samhears)
Cheers Sam! And thanks for a great six years!
November 24, 2016
Black Friday Sale!
For Black Friday take 10% off your entire order at Steam Powered Giraffe’s Online Store!*
Enter code: BLACKFRIDAY2016 during checkout on November 25th, 2016
11/25 12:00am to 11/25 11:59pm PT
October 18, 2016
The Bennettarium: First Episode Up Now!
The Bennettarium, the podcast from the creators of Steam Powered Giraffe, just posted it’s first episode!
Use these links to access the podcast:
Or visit the podcast’s website to listen on your device right now:
If you’re an Engineer-eteer, you can watch an archived video livestream of the podcast’s recording too!
October 16, 2016
The Bennettarium: A Podcast From The Creators of Steam Powered Giraffe
Hello robot-enthusiasts! We’re excited to announce a new Steam Powered Giraffe project!
Isabella Bunny Bennett and David Michael Bennett (who play the robots Rabbit and The Spine in the band) will be hosting a brand new podcast called “The Bennettarium.”
Each episode will feature the Bennett twins sitting down and talking with various guests in a very unscripted environment. Guests will include friends, family members, and even fellow Steam Powered Giraffe members like Samuel Luke and Steve Negrete!
The topics we plan to discuss will be everything under-the-sun: video games, movies, art, music, technology, the world, and of course… Steam Powered Giraffe!
For their first episode, the Bennett twins will be joined by fellow band member Chelsea Penayk, who performs as a Walter Worker on stage, does ballet, and handles your orders of SPG Merchandise.
This first episode will go up on Tuesday October 18th 2016 on various podcast apps and websites. Best part is that the audio podcast will be ABSOLUTELY FREE. You can expect the podcast episodes to be available on iTunes, Google Play, the Steam Powered Giraffe website, and the official Steam Powered Giraffe YouTube.
For those of you who are subscribed to our fan donation service, The Engineer-eteer Program, each week that the Bennett’s do the podcast they will livestream video of the podcast’s recording exclusively to Engineer-eteers, with past livestreams being archived after said streams and watchable for Engineer-eteers at their convenience.
If you’re an Engineer-eteer subscriber, join us Monday October 17th 2016 at 3:00pm PT on the Engineer-eteer site’s livestream page (a link to which will appear on the Engineer-eteers site close to it going live) to watch The Bennetts record this first podcast episode live.
If you’re not an Engineer-eteer, feel free to sign up and support the band with a donation and get in on the livestream fun (and the loads of other goodies you get access to for subscribing).
Stay tuned to this website and our social streams for more information as the podcast finds it’s footing and continues to grow.
For now, feel free to follow The Bennettarium’s twitter to stay up-to-date! We’ll post more info on where to download the free audio version of the podcast after the first episode is done.
August 31, 2016
New Album Available Now!
The Albumest Album to Ever Album!
The day has come! Steam Powered Giraffe’s fifth studio album QUINTESSENTIAL is now available!
After their interstellar adventures in The Vice Quadrant, the robots from Steam Powered Giraffe are back this year with a brand new 12-track album!
CD purchases from our official store include a free digital copy so you can listen to the album immediately after purchase!
We also have autographed copies available!
The Quintessential CD comes in a beautiful art enlaced digipak, that unfolds twice and includes a full-color attached booklet with artwork and lyrics for each song.
The Digital Version will allow you to download the entire album directly from our website. You will be able to download the album as either a ZIP file with all files compressed inside, or download the album’s files individually. Each album track will be delivered as a 320kpbs MP3 file. A PDF of the booklet found in the CD version will also be included, as well as a JPG file of the cover art.
If you missed it, we released a brand new music video of the song “Malfunction” from Quintessential, which you can watch on our official YouTube channel:
Stay tuned to our YouTube channel, as we will be releasing more music videos from this album in the following months!
June 20, 2016
New Album Quintessential Available for Pre-order!
The Albumest Album to Ever Album!
Now available for pre-order! A new album with all new songs!
Ladies and gentles, introducing Steam Powered Giraffe’s fifth studio album QUINTESSENTIAL!
The antique robot musicians are back from their interstellar adventures in The Vice Quadrant with a brand new 12-track album for your listening pleasure!
CD purchases include a free digital copy so you can listen to the album immediately on release day!
We also offer the option for the CD to be autographed by the band.
The Quintessential CD will come in a beautiful art enlaced digipak, which will unfold twice and include a full-color attached lyric booklet!
The Digital Version will allow you to download the entire album upon its release directly from our website. You will be able to download the album as either a ZIP file with all files compressed inside, or download the album’s files individually. Each album track will be delivered as a 320kpbs MP3 file. A PDF of the lyric booklet found in the CD version will also be included, as well as a JPG file of the cover art.
June 7, 2016
SteamWorld Heist Out Now On PS4, Vita, & Steam!
The video game we did the music for is out now on some new platforms!
Along with Nintendo 3Ds, the game is now out on PS4, Vita, and Steam (PC/Mac/Linux)!
Rabbit, The Spine, and Hatchworth make an appearance in the game, as themselves, entertaining their fellow robots in-game with their catchy tunes!
You’ll see them at various safe havens in the game as you traverse the galaxy!
SteamWorld Heist lets you command a steam-driven pirate crew in a series of epic tactical shootouts. Inspired by classics like XCOM and Worms, SteamWorld Heist is turn-based strategy with a twist: You manually aim the guns of your robots, allowing for insane skill shots and bullet-bouncing action!
The game is out now on Nintendo 3DS, PS4, PS Vita, and PC/Mac/Linux on Steam
Out on Xbox One, Wii U and iOS later in 2016.
Album Purchase Links:
Game Purchase Links:
For more information on the game, please visit our friends over at Image and Form!
May 9, 2016
Steam Powered Giraffe Has a Song in Another Video Game!
It is our extreme pleasure to announce that Steam Powered Giraffe contributed the song “Montana” to Gearbox Software’s (the creators of the Borderlands series) newest game Battleborn!
Take a listen on Spotify or purchase the song on iTunes!
To hear the theme song for Montana in the game, you’ll have to play as the mini-gun toting mountain of a man in game and unlock his campfire sing-a-long under his lore.
Congrats to Gearbox Software on their release, and we hope you enjoy Battleborn as much as we do!
For more information on Battleborn, visit: https://battleborn.com/en/
March 18, 2016
Vice Quadrant Timeline!
For those of you who have been trying to piece together The Vice Quadrant story from our space opera album of the same name, there is good news…
We present you with The Vice Quadrant Timeline, a timeline telling the story of The Vice Quadrant from start to finish with spectacular art by Samuel Luke “Hatchworth”.
No longer will you need to guess what exactly was going on in the album! Spoilers, twists, and all the story lore, it’s all here!
February 17, 2016
Vice Quadrant Poster!
We have a brand spanking new poster available today in our online store!
This colorful and stunning poster has artwork by Isabella Bennett (Rabbit) that features the characters from our album The Vice Quadrant.
Your empty wall space need not be empty any longer! Each poster is 12” x 18” and is available autographed by The Spine, Rabbit, Hatchworth, and Isabella for $20, or un-autographed for $10.
January 31, 2016
Steam Powered Giraffe Coming to the UK!
Steam Powered Giraffe’s UK debut happens this August at The Asylum Steampunk Festival in Lincoln!
Three days of Steam Powered Giraffe meet and greets, performances, and more!
Event and concert schedule to be announced!
For ticket information, visit:
December 28, 2015
San Diego Vice Quadrant Album Release Show!
Saturday January 16th 2016!
Join the robots in San Diego California for a Vice Quadrant Album Release Show!
Tickets on Sale Now!
For VIP Experience purchasers, the photo-ops are scheduled to start before the concert. Doors open for the VIPs at 4:00 PM and photo ops will begin shortly after.
Doors open for General Admission at 6:30 PM.
Show scheduled to start at 7:00 PM.
All tickets are proscenium stage style seating.
General Admission – $20
Steam Powered Giraffe
VIP Package – $100
Behind The Steam VIP PACKAGE
Go behind the scenes right before the show with this unique experience! You’ll get a sneak peak at what goes on while the crew is still prepping the robots, and you never know what you might see!
Take a whimsical tour behind the curtain and meet the robots of Steam Powered Giraffe live in person! Your package gets you an exclusive professional photo and a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into sound check with three crazy robots. Sound Man Steve Negrete will lead you through an exclusive look at the technology behind the robots and the band. Learn firsthand about the band’s instruments, and greet The Walter Workers at their booth to receive exclusive goodies and first dibs on the night’s merchandise!
– Front-of-House Ticket To The Show
– Professional Photo, of you with the robots of Steam Powered Giraffe!
– VIP Sound Check Access to watch the band warm up before showtime!
– Exclusive Signed Show Poster
Photo Op FAQ: http://geekshotphoto.com/faq/photo-op-faq/
Doors open for the VIPs at 4:00PM and will begin photo ops shortly after.
November 29, 2015
Music From SteamWorld Heist Out Now!
Steam Powered Giraffe’s NEW ALBUM is available now!
The robots from Steam Powered Giraffe are in a video game!
That’s right! Steam Powered Giraffe did music for the video game SteamWorld Heist and Rabbit, The Spine, and Hatchworth make an appearance in the game, as themselves, entertaining their fellow robots in-game with their catchy tunes!
This album includes the SteamWorld Heist theme song created by the band, as well as 12 tracks, featuring 6 completely original songs written for the game, and 6 classic Steam Powered Giraffe songs, re-recorded to fit into the SteamWorld Heist game universe. Ever wanted to hear what an acoustic version of Automatonic Electronic Harmonics would sound like? Well the game and this album have one! We even have a version of Brass Goggles, with backing vocals sung by the entire game development team at Image and Form!
The video game SteamWorld Heist is a space adventure with turn-based tactical shootouts, where you aim in real time and perform awesome bullet-bouncing trick shots. Coming to Nintendo 3DS December 10th 2015, and PC/Mac/Linux on Steam, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Wii U and iOS in 2016.
For more information on the game, please visit our friends over at Image and Form!
November 21, 2015
Steam Powered Giraffe Yulemas Special!
Steam Powered Giraffe returns to Bakersfield, CA for Yulemas this Saturday December 19th!
The time-honored tradition of gathering for Yulemas cheer at a Steam Powered Giraffe concert it here! Join us in Bakersfield, CA for a special evening of good times and great memories!
Cal State University Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA, 93311
Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE!
Get your exclusive GeekShot Photo Op with the band!
November 7, 2015
New Online Store and T-Shirt Restock!
Check out our brand new, completely redesigned online store!
It’s sleeker, more intuitive, and easier to navigate!
We are also stocking up on merchandise inventory for the holidays and have already added more T-Shirts to the store!
We will also be adding autographed copies of The Vice Quadrant to the store soon, for those of you who wish to give the gift of robot signatures on our newest album….speaking of which…
If you haven’t picked up our newest album The Vice Quadrant, it’s out now!