What is SteamCRUNK?

Company One’s production of SHOCKHEADED PETER is deeply influenced by the aesthetic of our collaborative partners, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys. They call it SteamCRUNK: “one part Steampunk (which we get lumped into because we care what we look like on stage) and Crunk (because we also care about fun and revelry and Walter’s style of music and stage presence cranks it up),” as Edrie, the band’s accordion player, puts it.

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring technology based on steam power of the 19th century, but it has also come to define a specific way of dressing. Steampunk fashion is based on a Victorian clothing (corsets, top hats, parasols), but embellished with elements from steampunk fiction, such as goggles and mechanical gadgets.

The attraction to mechanics connects back to the band’s aesthetic. Edrie explains that “the thing that makes SteamCRUNK unique is that we see the inner workings of things.” Walter is a visual artist as well as a musician, and Edrie sees a connection between the two: “Sometimes he draws a song before he really comes up with a tune…Walter’s art is intricate, showing cutouts and internal organs while giving a picture of the whole. It juxtaposes things against each other and combines ideas to make something new.”

Learn more about the Army of Broken Toys here!