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->''Attune your ears... to the grinding gears.''

Steam Powered Giraffe (SPG) is a musical project formed in San Diego in 2008 that is popular in the steampunk subculture. The act combines the visual of robot pantomime with sketches, pop culture references, improvised comedic dialogue, and original music.

According to the band's fictional backstory, the "musical automatons" were invented by a rich San Diego inventor named Colonel P. A. Walter in 1896 and kept in the Walter family over the years. Called the 8th 1/2 Wonder of the World, the robots were a technological marvel that ran off steam powered engines and artificial intelligence. The band's name is said to come from Walter's first robot, a giant mechanical giraffe. A fictional timeline on the band's website chronicles the band's supposed "appearances" throughout the years at such notable places as the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and ''The Ed Sullivan Show''.

Besides their musical endeavors, the band publishes a WebComic and has produced a [[TheGameOfTheBook card game]] based on characters in their backstory.

The robots are:
* '''The Spine''' (David Michael Bennett) is a futuristic dieselpunk robot with a titanium alloy spinal column and convincing human mannerisms. His skin is smooth silver, and he wears a black fedora and red tie. He plays guitar primarily, but also plays bass, mandolin, and keys.
* '''Rabbit''' (Bunny Bennett) is a copper clockwork robot, known for being the glitchiest of the robots. You'll likely see her in old videos as a male robot wearing a black coachman's hat with steampunk-style goggles on it and a black vest with red accents, but as of January 2014 she's received a GenderSwap and is now the sole female robot in the band. She plays accordion, melodica, keytar, and kazookaphone.
* '''Hatchworth''' (former human member Sam Luke) is a brass automaton, who sports a black army jacket with red accents, knee-high boots, a bowler hat, and his signature ginger mustache. He had been kept in storage for many years due to a leaking and dangerous power core, but was recently repaired and put to use as the Walter Manor's butler. He possesses the ability to produce a "hatch's worth" of sandwiches from nowhere. He plays the bass and drums.

Former robots:
* '''The Jon''' (Jon Sprague) was an art deco-style brass robot powered by soda (primarily Crystal Pepsi), who wore a tall black top hat and red suspenders. He played the mandolin, bass, guitar, drums, occasional keys, and the electric watermelon. The Jon left the group in September 2012. Unlike Upgrade's departure, The Jon's character still exists within the canon lore of the band's universe.
* '''Upgrade''' (Erin Burke) was the only female robot in the group before January 2014. She left the band in 2011 to further pursue an acting career.

The human band members are:
* '''Steve Negrete''' is the sound engineer and voices Beebop and QWERTY for the band. He wears a bandanna and sports a sleeveless version of the humans' jumpsuits. He is overly attached to a small stuffed version of himself given to him by a fan, and rarely goes to shows without it.

Former humans:
* '''Mr. Reed''', the "One Man Band", was at first the only human member of the band. In the group, he did back-up vocals and played banjo, bass, guitar, keys, and drums. As a character, he was also the robot's mechanic and turned them all on before shows. He wore red goggles and a full body jumpsuit embroidered with the SPG logo and typically sported a purple tank top underneath. Due to his friendly nature he became a fan favorite.
* '''Matt Smith''' (no, not ''that'' [[Series/DoctorWho Matt Smith]]) was the new drummer following Sam Luke. His first performance with the band was the Yulemas concert.
* '''Sam Luke''' was the band's original drummer before taking on the role of Hatchworth. Famous for his distinctive bowler hat and moustache, his character went on to become a Walter Worker in the show's lore.

The Walter Girls - Delightful ladies in labcoat dresses that run the merchandise table at concerts, they also participate in on-stage skits. Their characters are "Blue Matter Engineers", but are still fairly mysterious, with more and more hints being dropped about them.
* '''Walter Girl Carolina''' (Carolina Gumbayan) Carolina filled in for Brianna for the SPWF and Clockwork Alchemy shows, and was later brought on as a permanent replacement.
* '''Walter Girl Chelsea''' (Chelsea Penyak) Shortly after Paige's departure from the band, a new Walter Girl by the name of Chelsea was announced. Her debut show was in April 2014 at Calico Ghost Town.

Former Walter Girls:
* '''Walter Girl Brianna''' (Brianna Clawson) It was announced via a post on [[http://davidmichaelbennett.tumblr.com/post/53285055333/something-personal David's tumblr]] that Brianna would no longer be working for the band.
* '''Walter Girl Paige''' (Paige Law) Similar to above, it was announced via a post on Bunny's tumblr that she and Paige are no longer a couple and therefore, Paige would no longer be working for the band.
* '''Walter Girl Gabi''' (Gabi Gonzales) After working at the merch table in a partial Walter Girl costume for several shows, Gabi filled in as a temporary Walter Girl at the ''MK III'' album release show in March 2014. Bunny has stated on her blog that Gabi may be called upon again if an understudy Walter Girl is needed.

Human Back-ups - Sometimes things don't go as planned and someone can't make it to the gig. Back when the band consisted of more than just the robots, these were the people SPG routinely called on to help them out:
* '''Jesus Gonzales''' was the man they called when Mr. Reed was unavailable. Jesus can play guitar real good and sing harmonies.
* '''Mike Buxbaum''' the Drummer Man filled in for mysterious new drummer Matt at Youmacon and blew away the crowd.

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[[folder: Discography ]]

* ''Album One'' (2009)
* ''Live at the Globe of Yesterday's Tomorrow'' (Live album, 2011)
* ''The 2¢ Show'' (2012)
* ''[[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151768184456355&set=a.104016366354.121844.67971536354&type=1&theater MK III]]'' (2013)
* ''Vice Quadrant'' (Upcoming, Expected Winter 2014)

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!!SPG provides examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Every time Hatchworth tries to act cool, he falls into this.
* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: Hatchworth.
* AllThereInTheManual: If you're willing to do a bit of digging. While the band's official backstory and timeline are posted up on the band's official website, additional information can be found on the various character blogs, the band members' Tumblrs, during live concerts, and in pre-recorded videos which debuted at Walter Robotics Expo (a special event held in July of 2013). There are even bits of continuity mentioned during Bunny Bennett's art livestreams that you can't find anywhere else!
* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Blue Matter engineers.
* AmericanAccents: Rabbit sports a bit of a Joisey accent.
* ArtEvolution: ...well, make-up evolution. All the bots started off with much more simplistic designs. Rabbit's has changed the most, and she is even [[http://lixxieb.tumblr.com/post/30419984721/harlequinqueen-all-images-used-with beginning to oxidize!]] Her new design also adds a spiral to her forehead, and her makeup changes constantly (going so far as to include pincers where her jawline should be!)
* AudienceParticipationSong: Michael Reed always encouraged the audience to sing along during "Make Believe".
** "Brass Goggles" as well, as evidenced by the pre-song dialogue: "This is a sing along, this next song!"
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: They're a steampunk band, what do you expect? (Well, The Spine's more dieselpunk...) They were voted "Best Costume - Group" in the 2013 Steampunk Gazette Reader's Choice Awards.
* BadassBaritone: The Spine.
** Rabbit, too. Especially prominent in her bass harmonies in Rex Marksley, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6dW5aH6GTc and the beginning of Suspender Man]].
* BadassMustache: Hatchworth.
* BackstoryHorror: Quite a bit, involving the wars the bots were sent to fight in, Hatchworth's [[AndIMustScream confinement]] due to his unstable core, what effects the Walter Girls' exposure to Blue Matter could have on them over time (and whether it's dangerous), and the theft of Rabbit's core resulting in an explosion that killed several people ... including Peter Walter II. Then there's the fact that Rabbit apparently still feels guilt over this, judging by how her bio states that she spends her free time feeding the ducks at the pond by the Walter Cemetery.
* BecomeARealBoy: The Jon claims to want this, though he may just be influenced by watching Pinocchio a few too many times.
** After a lot of fan speculation, Word Of God finally confirmed that The Spine's mannerisms were influenced by his desire to become human.
* BaldWomen: Bunny is completely bald (though she wears wigs quite often when out of character), and so was the original design for her character Rabbit. This was averted with Rabbit's temporary second design in early 2014, which gave her two types of hair: [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/trekkiebeth/12335288724/in/set-72157640436102636 human hair, and "robotic" hair that resemble dreadlocks]]. Rabbit's new permanent design introduced in March 2014 instead gives her an [[http://instagram.com/p/lPy1wYpboV/ elaborate headpiece with a mix of large metal bolts, rabbit ears, and feather-like protrusions]].
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The automatons currently
* BowtiesAreCool: The Jon.
* BreakUpSong: "Honeybee"
* ButtMonkey: In their stage performances, Hatchworth or The Spine are often this, as seen [[http://waltergirl.tumblr.com/post/55204676317/whimmy-bam-entering-the-saloon-x-1-18-20 here.]]
** "Go Spine Go" from the album ''MK III'' consists almost entirely of Rabbit and Hatchworth treating The Spine as this.
* UsefulNotes/{{California}}: They're currently active in San Diego.
* CharacterBlog: Several. [[http://officialrabbit.tumblr.com/ One]] [[http://officialthespine.tumblr.com/ for]] [[http://officialhatchworth.tumblr.com/ each]] bot, [[http://pawaltervi.tumblr.com/ one]] for Peter Walter VI, and [[http://becileindustries.tumblr.com/ one]] for Becile Industries (a rival company to Walter Robotics). Even GG, the robot giraffe who appeared in the band's video for "Diamonds", has her [[http://theamazingggthegiraffe.tumblr.com/ own.]]
** Walter Girl Paige also has an (in character) [[https://twitter.com/waltergirlpaige Twitter account]].
* ChestBlaster: Hatchworth can unleash a vast array of artillery from his portal-armed cannon.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''Album '''One''''', ''The '''2'''¢ Show'', and ''MK'' '''III'''.
** ''Vice '''Quadrant''''', their new upcoming album, continues the pattern.
* ClockworkCreature: Rabbit is supposedly a clockwork robot.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Jon fits this trope to a T, especially if his songs are taken into consideration.
* TheComicallySerious: The Spine.
* ComputerVoice: Beebop.
* CoverVersion: They've been known to cover the Music/TheBeatles "Mystery Tour" live.
** As well as RickAstley's "Never Gonna Give You Up", [[RickRoll just for fun]].
** The Spine covered Rihanna's "Diamonds". It was magical.
-->'''The Spine''': I ''am'' a diamond.
** Icona Pop's [[http://youtu.be/cjiIQ9Z02bU/ "I Love It"]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt6s630kHmw Tragedy]], originally by Music/TheBeeGees.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05-jeYSPQZ0 "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"]] by Music/DaftPunk.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Rihanna's original song "Diamonds" is a tragic story about surviving after grief. The Steam Powered Giraffe cover? A robot practices his Casanova in a recording studio, unaware that the whole thing's gonna wind up on YouTube.
* DadaComics: [[http://steampoweredgiraffe.com/comic/ Steam Powered Giraffe: The Web Comic]].
* DashinglyDapperDerby: The band's new robot, Hatchworth, sports a bowler.
* {{Dieselpunk}}: The Spine (and The Jon, to a lesser extent).
* EasilyDetachableRobotParts: Both The Spine and Hatchworth can detach their heads from their bodies.
* EatingMachine: The Jon.
* EpicRocking: "Captain Albert Alexander," "Rex Marksley," and "Airheart"
** Don't forget "Clockwork Vaudeville," "Electricity Is In My Soul," "Steamboat Shenanigans," "Honeybee," "Scary World," "The Suspender Man," and, of course, "Automatonic Electronic Harmonics." Guess these guys just have a lot to sing about.
* [[FantasticNuke Fantastic Nuclear Power]]: Blue Matter and Green Matter are both spooky materials that can give you gobs of clean energy, or explode and mutilate you.
* {{Funny Robot}}s.
* FollowTheBouncingBall: This happens in the music video for "Brass Goggles."
* [[TheGameOfTheBook The Game Of The Band]]: Steam Powered Giraffe, the card game.
* GenreRoulette / NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They've toyed around with and blended folk, funk, rock, soul, pop and hip-hop.
* GenreBusting: They're a SteamPunk GenerationalSaga {{Horror}} {{Comedy}} with {{puppets|hows}}.
* GogglesDoNothing: Rabbit's goggles.
** Quite literally - when Rabbit wears the goggles, Bunny Bennett cannot see a thing through them.
* GratuitousEnglish: ''MKIII'' has a track that's mostly in Japanese. The chorus goes like this:
--> Shteam-power giraffe-o!\\
Shteam-power giraffe-o!
* IAmSong: "Clockwork Vaudeville", "Steam Man Band".
* IncompatibleOrientation: Bunny Bennett has implied that this may have been the reason Delilah Moreau never [[LoveTriangle chose between Thadeus Becile and Peter Walter I.]]
* KayfabeMusic: Much of their appeal is attributed to their unusually well-developed stage personas and backstory.
* {{Keet}}: The Jon and Rabbit.
* LoveTriangle: According to their backstory, the whole reason the singing musical automatons were built was because Peter Walter I wanted to get ahead of his romantic rival Thadeus Becile in winning the heart of HotScientist Delilah Moreau, and she was "rumored to have a soft spot for music."
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Spine is capable of reaching a BadassBaritone to a high pitched falsetto. Rabbit too, who's even capable of imitating her brother almost flawlessly to comedic effect during live shows.
* MartyStu: Invoked and parodied in their song Captain Albert Alexander.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They're usually at a 1, occasionally shifting into 3 with "Ju Ju Magic" and "Automatonic Electronic Harmonic". "Fancy Shoes" is possibly their hardest song, creeping up to a 4 at times.
* MotorMouth: Rabbit.
* MrFanservice: The Spine.
** While an out of character example, Mr. Reed's blog is filled with enough pictures of a fit man in revealing clothes to ascend him to unexpected fan favorite status.
*** Jon has a habit of popping up in pictures on Tumblr in his boxer. Most notably in [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7c9tcT28I1rxv0i2o1_500.jpg this picture]] from Michael's blog.
** MsFanservice: Bunny has her moments, too. Such as vlogging with her shirt half-open/in a robe. Not to forget that one... [[http://bunnybennett.tumblr.com/post/25531282668/steam-powered-giraffe-t-shirts-are-back-in marketing strategy]]. Live shows after she redesigned the character to be a female robot now have her shaking her hips quite a bit during some songs (plus there's the below mentioned addition of OfCorsetsSexy to her design).
* MulticoloredHair: Upgrade had bright red streaks in hers, and the Walter Girls all have blue streaks in their hair due to [[http://officialsteampoweredgiraffe.tumblr.com/post/55186921947/reason-7-to-attend-walter-robotics-expo-the their exposure]] to Blue Matter when working on the bots. Rabbit's temporary early 2014 upgrade gave her black and red cyberdreads (since been permanently replaced by the above mentioned elaborate headpiece), and sound engineer Steve Negrete is well known for his multicoloured dreadlocks.
* NarrativePoem: "Captain Albert Alexander"
** Also "Airheart", "Rex Marksley", and "The Suspender Man".
* NiceHat: Rabbit's coachman hat (now replaced by rabbit ears), The Spine's fedora, Hatchworth's derby, and The Jon's top hat.
* NiceShoes: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Fancy Shoes"]]
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Hatchworth is somewhat prone to this.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]], in the cases where Mr. Reed is the bassist then it's played straight, but when The Spine or Hatchworth are the bassist it's averted.
** Also averted when Carolina was given Hatchworth's bass to play at the end of Brass Goggles. The crowds went wild.
* NoisyRobots: The robots frequently make the sounds of hydraulics, especially when they are starting up or shutting down.
* NotSoAboveItAll: As much as The Spine like to think of himself as the normal one of the band, he can be just as eccentric, if less outward about it. Case in point: his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tU-VJOzb-10#! cover]] of "Diamonds" by Rihanna.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Rabbit has been known to wear a corset on occasion.
* OnlySaneMan: Out of all the robots, The Spine is the most level-headed.
** It is arguable that Steve is the closest thing the band has. Though this may change.
*** [[http://stevethesoundguy.tumblr.com/post/31288112517/thought-the-zoo-shenanigans-were-over-think It changed.]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqky476uHRk Everybody's weird except The Spine and Steve.]]
* PissTakeRap: "Overdrive" has one.
* PungeonMaster: Rabbit, much to The Spine's annoyance.
** The Spine has his moments as well.
-->'''The Spine''': Hi. I'm The Spine, and I was built with a titanium alloy spine.\\
'''The Jon''': A-heh! Ah... and?\\
'''The Spine''': And what?\\
'''The Jon''': Is that it?\\
'''The Spine''': Yeah.\\
'''The Jon''': Well, there's gotta be more.\\
'''The Spine''': No. That's my, uh, ''back''story.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Inverted; despite the color scheme, the robots are good.
* RetGone: All references to Upgrade have been removed from the band's promotional material since her departure.
** This policy also applies to the group's YouTube channel. Mentioning Upgrade is a good way to get yourself blocked.
** Word Of God has it that The Jon will not receive the same fate.
* {{Robosexual}}: The Spine has had to put up with advances from humans on [[http://officialthespine.tumblr.com/post/34400150939/spine-i-love-you-will-you-marry-me multiple]] [[http://officialthespine.tumblr.com/post/46715158633/spine-im-definitely-in-love-with-you-will-you-marry occasions]], and there may have been a relationship with a human [[http://officialthespine.tumblr.com/post/34398574476/do-you-ever-try-to-court-human-girls in his past]].
** The song ''Photographic Memories'' confirms The Spine has been in at least one relationship with a human woman. [[spoiler: [[DiedInYourArmsTonight It didn't end well.]]]]
* RobotNames: Hatchworth (A name describing his function), The Spine (it describes his skeletal structure), Rabbit (reference to robotic glitches), The Jon (References to pop culture/actual human names), Upgrade (Slightly mutated terms related to math/machinery/electronics).
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots
* RunningGag: Too many to count.
* SecondLawMyAss: Hatchworth and Rabbit have [[http://youtu.be/6Nt-Cj7II9Y?t=2m no problem disobeying the Walters]]. The bots generally have a good relationship with humans, though.
* SharpDressedMan: Er, robots.
* ShoutOut: The title of "Airheart" is an obvious one to Amelia Earhart.
** "Please Explain" has a reference to Isaac Asimov:
--> Answers stem more questions and grow my algorithms anew\\
If there's no more concepts to grasp what would IRobot, do?
* SmartPeopleBuildRobots: The robots were supposedly created by a rich inventor named Col. P.A. Walter.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Until Upgrade left.
** Reinstated as of Rabbit's [[GenderBender gender swap]], unless you count the Walter Girls.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The Steam Powered Giraffe Hour is normally an opportunity to see the members discuss upcoming events and projects, movies and video games, and maybe goof around a little. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Kj1T--rq4 April 26th episode]] was done entirely in-character and acted out by the band members using a set of crocheted plushies of the robots sent to them by a fan. Unsurprisingly, it is widely considered the best one by the fans.
* {{Steampunk}}: Obviously.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Rabbit and The Spine in the DVD, as pointed out by [[http://completelybackasswards.tumblr.com/post/64275729048 this]] photoset.
* TallTale: Their song "Rex Marksley" is one in the vein of Pecos Bill.
--> He shot lightning from his hands with a miraculous invention,\\
and zapped that evil demon train back to its own dimension\\
That giant copper ore golem, oh it was a fright,\\
till Rex projectiled pick axes with dynamite\\
He fought the corrupt Rattlesnake King and it hissed in agony,\\
then Rex taught all the jackalopes to yodel in harmony.
* TeamPet: G.G.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: The Spine appears to be a believer in this style of playing.
* ToiletHumour: "Go Spine Go" has this in spades.
* TokenHuman: Mr. Reed (until they added drummer Sam Luke and sound technician Steve Negrete).
** With the departure of most of the human band members, Steve Negrete now fills this role. (The jury's still out on the [[AmbiguouslyHuman Walter Girls]].)
* TooManyBelts: Rabbit wears three over her corset. In the music video for "Automatonic Electronic Harmonics" she briefly wears six belts.
** Rabbit also wears six belts for certain live performances.
* UnusualEars: Rabbit's new design replaces the hat with a pair of rabbit ears.
* VirtualCelebrity
* VocalDissonance: Rabbit's appearance is decidedly feminine, with huge fake eyelashes and a poofy skirt. However, she can sing in a baritone range almost as easily as The Spine can.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Bunny and David Michael Bennett are identical twins, so their vocal chords are similar.
* [[WebcomicOfTheGame Webcomic Of The Band]]: Steam Powered Giraffe: The Web Comic.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: [[TheStinger "See you next time... in space!"]]]]
* [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs Who Would Want To Listen To Us?]]: From the start of MK III:
-->'''Steve:''' You mean someone is ''actually'' trying to ''play the album''?
--> '''Beebop:''' Affirmative.
--> '''Steve:''' Wow, I did '''not''' expect that…
* WordSaladLyrics: "Ju Ju Magic" and "Please Explain".