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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, Neo-Classical and many other genres. Their songs tend to be highly narrative, often story-like and intricately poetic. They are highly Steampunk, also.

Core members:

  • 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 Mc Coolname: 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.
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  • I Am the Band: In the early days. Vernian Process started out as a solo project.
  • Man Versus Machine: "Behold The Machine"
  • 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:
    "Allow me to introduce: Heather on keyboards, Peter on bass, Ash on guitar, Erica on cello, Martin our fucking psychotic guitar player, and I'm Josh...and we like Goth music if you can't tell!"
  • Steampunk: So much.