Members of Vernian Process, circa 2010
Stained glass memories of a broken dream
A time for progress, a time of steam
Chimneys billowing across the sky
A time of conquest, a time to die.
— "Vagues De Vapeur"
A self-described "steamwave
" band originating from San Francisco.
Emphasis on self-described.
They're a highly eclectic
group. Vernian Process
mix Punk Rock
, New Wave
, Industrial, Dark Wave
, Deathrock, Trip-Hop
, Dream Pop
, Cabaret, Goth Rock
and many other genres. Their songs tend to be highly narrative, often story-like and intricately poetic. They are highly Steampunk
- Joshua A. Pfeiffer (lyrics and vocals)
- Martin Irigoyen (guitar, production, mastering)
- Janus Zarate (bass)
- Brian Figueroa (guitar, keyboard)
- Steven Farrell (keyboard)
- Eugene Dyer III (percussion)
Guest members include:
- Erica "Unwoman" Mulkey
- Heather Yager
Vernian Process and their works contain examples of:
- Afterlife Express: "The Last Express"
- Awesome McCoolname: Unwoman. Need I say more? There are quite a few to choose from here.
- Janus Zarate is kind of a cool name also.
- Circus of Fear: Their single, "Something Wicked (That Way Went)" is about one of these. Just guess what book the song is based on.
- Dieselpunk: Their dress and promotional posters often evoke a very Art Deco dieselpunk feel.
- Epic Rocking: "The Maiden Flight", a beautiful piece, clocking in at 13:53.
- Gratuitous French: Vagues de Vapeur. It means "Waves of Steam", which is itself a lyric which comes up a good bit (as opposed to the French version, which is only in the title). We'll forgive them because the song is so awesome.
- Her Heart Will Go On: And on. And on. And on, in the song "Her Clockwork Heart" where the narrator/Mad Scientist gives his lover a clockwork heart.
- I Am the Band: In the early days. Vernian Process started out as a solo project.
- Man Versus Machine: "Behold The Machine"
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Actually, they kind of ARE.
- Ocean Madness: An odd, quasi-example in the song "The Exile", the narrator claims to be the sea. So, less the ocean making someone mad so much as amplifying it.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: "Vagues de Vapeur," for the last minute of the song. Once lampshaded by the lead singer at the end of a show:
- One of Us: Definitely. They not only create soundtracks for their favourite games, they also based a song off of the Unhallowed Metropolis RPG.
- They've also done remixes and orchestral cover versions of famous video game soundtracks, including orchestral versions of just about every bit of music in the Sonic The Hedgehog games
- Steampunk: So much.