Darcy James Argue and His Steampunk Big Band

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009
English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Stereophile.com:

His 18-piece ensemble, which he calls Secret Society, isn’t your granddad’s big band. The liner notes of his first album, Infernal Machines (2009), are set in the typeface of a Victorian political pamphlet and state that the sessions were “recorded ‘twixt the 15th and 17th of December in the Year of Our Lord MMVIII.” The musicians’ names are listed under the heading “Co-Conspirators,” with Argue identified as “Composer, Conductor, Ringleader.” Clearly, Argue, who’s 38, has his playful side, but the persona he’s crafted is no mere affectation. It’s an integral aspect of the music. He describes his group as a “steampunk big band,” after the genre of postmodern fiction that tells futuristic stories that take place in the distant past.