It’s been a good run for The Copper Revolution so far. I’d never tried to produce a theatrical, sci-fi-meets-steampunk piano rock show before, so this was something of a major gamble for me both artistically and professionally. Sure, I’ve been playing concerts for geeks for years now, but it felt like I was crossing over a line.
Photo by Peter Verrant
Something I’ve noticed at a lot of the cons I’ve been to: Most main-stage music acts don’t really do anything original. There’s an awful lot of re-mixed video game soundtracks, re-mixed anime soundtracks, and pop music with genre-specific lyrics. That’s why I’ve been blown away by acts like Pandora Celtica
that are trying to do something original. (Full disclosure: They do a few parodies of known songs, but their original content far overshadows the derivatives.)
This isn’t to downplay the talent of bands doing EDM versions of the Cowboy Beebop sountrack or anything… In fact, some of the most talented musicians I’ve known were in cover bands. I just see a line between different philosophies: One approach is a safer celebration of the things that make us happy, another is a risky attempt to make people happy with something totally new. There’s always the possibility of rejection no matter what, but anyone who understands pop music knows it’s safer to go with the stuff that’s already familiar.
The Risk That Paid Off
Photo by Peter Verrant
Every audience that has seen The Copper Revolution
thus far has loved it, so that’s a reassuring sign. I wasn’t sure if anyone would go for the whole “we just crash-landed here and decided to put on a concert” vibe, let alone the evil Admiral Phineas Odious IV
. I guess I thought people would be out on the dance floor thinking, “when are they going to start playing Jonathan Coulton songs?” Instead, the audiences- mostly newcomers -have really gotten into the Revolution
No, seriously, you can’t imagine how much of a relief that is to a writer. Before every show, I’m defecating masonry while wondering if anyone’s going to laugh at Prodo-1′s pre-show countdown schtick. They did. Every time, even if there were only a handful of people in the early seats. A crowd that can laugh at something new is one of my favorite things in the whole world. If they go for the stupid gags at the beginning, chances are good they’re going to go for the music and comedy throughout the show. (Continue reading Saving The Pandas, Raising The Bar…) ☛