04/23/2017 Spring Tour Dates Announced
Outdoor festivals, car shows, and a steampunk party. In protest of the snowiest April to ever hit Dustbowl, Alberta, we bring you the Electric Steam Show Spring Tour. For details on each date, swing on over to the SHOWS page. http://www.punchdrunkcabaret.com/shows/
04/09/2017 Edmonton Music Award Nomination
We admit, we have a dim view of music awards of any kind. So for that reason, we've never submitted any of our work to be nominated. However, when long-time director, Mark Remple, asked if he could submit the Beard of Bees video for a potential Edmonton Music Award nomination, who were we to say no? After all, Mark has shot, co-produced, and edited every single video PDC has ever released, and personally, we think he's highly underrated. So, it came as a pleasant surprise last week when it was announced that Beard of Bees was indeed nominated for Video of the Year. Should it win, (we're not holding our breath) we couldn't think of a more deserving guy than Mark. The awards gala is set for June 29 at the Winspear Centre.
02/28/2017 New Live Video Launched
A month to the day it was shot, we have launched our first ever live video, and a cover song no less. Director/ Editor Mark Remple of Point of View media wasted no time completing the 8 camera shoot. Although the audience and the show were beyond expectation, 50% of the crew was lost to separate and unrelated health issues days before the shoot. This made for some tense moments finding replacements, but Remple and crew came through unscathed. In fact, they did a spot-on job capturing the electric energy between band and audience.
02/06/2017 PDC Video Shoot Lands Front Cover
The January 28 video shoot at the Bailey Theatre in Camrose was a smashing success, made even sweeter by the Camrose Canadian featuring the event on its front cover. The paper followed up with a short review (see below) and an online gallery consisting of 10 photos. Special thanks to editor Josh Aldrich for all the support!
Punch Drunk Cabaret rocked the Bailey Theatre in Camrose on Jan. 28 for the filming of their first live music video for “Sweet Dreams (are made of this)”.
The Alberta band packed out the historic theatre with their unique brand of rockabilly and steampunk swing.
The song is one of the few covers they play and is one they usually close their shows with. The hope is the live video will help show promoters and radio discover what a Punch Drunk Cabaret experience is like. More than 130 people crammed into the Bailey Theatre, many dressed in their best steampunk costumes with the hopes of being caught on camera.
Local band The Men Who Fell to Earth opened the night with a set of rock hits from the 1990s.
PDC is next performing at the Ice on Whyte Festival in Edmonton on Feb. 4.
12/10/2016 Appear in the Next Music Video
The votes are in, and Sweet Dreams (are made of these) has been chosen as our next music video. Being our first ever "live" video, we want as many of you as humanly possible to appear in the shoot, which will be taking place at the historic Bailey theatre in Camrose, AB, Saturday, January 28. This will be a full show including local opener, The Men Who Fell to Earth, all for a post Christmas debt price of just $10 a ticket. In the meantime you may want to practice up as the song features an a cappella line sung entirely by the audience. This is the ultimate opportunity for anyone whose new year's resolution is "to appear in a music video". Doors open at 7pm. Get tix here...http://www.baileytheatre.com/special-events.html
11/30/2016 Rock the Vote! Choose the Next PDC Music Video
Many a new fan has discovered PDC by watching a video on Youtube. Although our concept videos have received rave reviews, there have been a growing number of requests to release some live show footage...in particular, the hot-rodded, radically rearranged cover songs we like to pepper our set with. So in the spirit of a Trump vs Hillary-type of showdown, we're asking the public to decide between two live show staples, Hot for Teacher vs Sweet Dreams (are made of this). The song with the most votes will be released as a video in early 2017, with the shoot taking place at the Bailey theatre in Camrose, AB (more details on this later...).
Here's how to vote:
Drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Send us a Facebook message https://www.facebook.com/PunchDrunkCabaret/?fref=ts
Tweet us: Punch Drunk Cabaret @Punch_Drunk_Cab
Voting is open until December 10th...at which time we'll announce the winning song.
10/24/2016 Spooktacular Giveaway
Live PDC shows have become synonymous with high energy performances, peppered with cheeky banter. But the last couple of albums have featured a moody, "palette cleanser", that bears witness to the band's depth and, dare we say...dark side. Gravediggers of the World Unite, from the recently released, Electrik Steam Show, is one of those songs that's gaining momentum with legions of PDC supporters. It's a track that has all the potential of becoming a Halloween-season anthem, so in-keeping with the spooky holiday, we've just released a lyric video, complete with a free mp3 of the song. All you have to do is message us on Facebook and you're well on your way to having the grooviest soundtrack of the season.
09/09/ 2016 "Beard of Bees" Video Takes Flight
After months of locations scouting, treatment edits, and downing countless cups of coffee in the editing suite, PDC is pleased to announce the launch of their third music video, Beard of Bees. For those who've seen a live show, it's no surprise that the band lends itself well to the music video medium. In fact, many a PDC supporter has discovered the band on the strength of their music videos. It doesn't hurt that frontman Randy B shamelessly admits to being a "wannabe filmmaker", often writing the story lines and art directing the sets. However it takes a strong team to create a good video and PDC has always installed director/ videographer Mark Remple as their quarterback, going back to their first effort, Two Brown Bottles of Beer in 2011. In addition to Remple, night photographer Larrie Thomson (who directed a video for Randy B's previous act, Screwtape Lewis) came aboard to handle the epic drone camera chores. And what classic story is complete without a hot babe? Model/ vocalist Nina Laderoute's first PDC public appearance came as a moustached cabaret girl in the Electrik Steam Show album teaser. This time out she possessed the perfect balance of demure and fiery to bring the all important "Queen Bee" to life. With over 500 views in its first day of release, Beard of Bees looks to be PDC's strongest visual offering to date!
08/15/2016 Saskatchewan Tour Dates
Punch Drunk Cabaret has had an elusive relationship with the province of Saskatchewan. For starters, despite completing all three albums in Saskatoon, the band had yet to play a live show in the Bridge City...until now, when they'll perform at the Capital Music Club, Thursday September 01 with the Menagerie Burlesque Company. Lloydminster, the Border City has also proven rather elusive after a promising April date crumbled due to a liquor licensing snafu. However, the Root Community Emporium will not only play host to a PDC show Saturday, September 03, but will be serving drinks of all varieties! This fortuitous Saskatchewan exposure came about due to a call to open a sold out show, Friday September 02 at the Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford for those tireless veterans of hell raising, Trooper. Could there be a better way to wind down the summer?
07/28/2016 That's A Wrap! New Video Slated for September
Subjected to sunburns, voracious mosquito swarms, and some truly unforgiving landscapes, PDC and crew headed to Southern Alberta to shoot the second half of the Beard of Bees video on July 25. Unlike the first shoot that focused on the band's high energy performance style, the second part played out the storyline of a Beekeeper, his best man and a chain-smoking clergyman in search of a "Queen Bee". Because the trio of characters have to search a great distance to find their "queen", the task of locating challenging and varied landscapes proved quite difficult. However, numerous sites around Delia, Alberta and a trip to Horse Thief Canyon got the job done, but not before putting cast and crew through their paces given the heat, swarms of mosquitos, and high, rocky climbs in full costume. And as if a 17 hour shoot in the elements wasn't enough, the three and a half hour drive home in a torrential downpour was punctuated with near collisions with 2 deer, an owl and a coyote, all of which will make for a distinctly Albertan video. Release is slated for early September.
07/13/2016 Electrik Steam Show Now Available on iTunes
Although physical copies of the latest record, Electrik Steam Show were released in May on CD Baby, fans of iTunes have been asking when they can get downloads from their platform of choice. That wait is over with an official iTunes release on Tuesday, July 12. The band has been featuring a number of the new songs in their live set with excellent response. Album opener, Halos & Horns is also serving as a spirited set opener complete with a fist pumping sing-along part just to let audiences know their participation is expected. Soon-to-be-released video, Beard of Bees has also become a live show staple while the frantic, Voodoo Vodka Stomp and steampunk swingin' Elixxxir have been known to pepper the set list as well. In the case of Elixxxir, it's enjoyed some radio play here at home as well as stateside. To get your very own download of any of the songs from Electrik Steam Show, simply click on the link:
06/06/2016 New Music Video Abuzz
The excitement is mounting in the PDC camp upon completing the first of two days of shooting a new music video. Reuniting with director Mark Remple, who shot the first two videos, the storyline will have a fairytale-styled plot written around the song Beard of Bees from the new release, Electrik Steam Show. Thus far, the band has shot the performance scenes on a set built in a vintage hayloft. In July, cast and crew will travel to Southern Alberta to take full advantage of the areas sweeping landscapes and rugged badlands, where a bee keeper, his best man, and a clergyman (all played by PDC) embark on an epic search to locate the beautiful and mysterious "Queen Bee". But true to the "under dog" theme established in previous videos, events never seem to work out in favour of our intrepid musicians. Stay tuned for more pics and updates. A finished cut is set to hit Youtube and social media in September.
05/23/2016 The First Review is in...and it's a "SLAM" Dunk!
Review by John Slam, Shakin' Kats Radio 94.9 CHRW
Punch Drunk Cabaret continue to make kool and diverse rock n roll. With "Electrik Steam Show" they back that up. This may not be for everyone but when given a chance it will win you over, it's that good .Yes it's a killer rock n roll album and PDC still can't be put into a box. You have to like that. Recommended!!!
05/14/2016 PDC Headlines Fort Mac Fundraiser
By know the entire planet is well aware of the devastation caused by the Fort McMurray wildfires. PDC is proud to be headlining the Rising From the Ashes fundraiser taking place at Blackjacks Road House in Nisku May 14. Our partners in rockabilly, Shaguar will be on the bill as well as a host of musical acts, comedians, hypnotists and belly dancers! A true cabaret indeed! Admission is by donation. Let's help make a difference!
05/09/2016 Electrik Steam Show Released Today
The wait is finally over as PDC's third album, Electrik Steam Show drops today.
This time out, the band steers its rockabilly/ steampunk swing sensibilities into brave new territory, resulting in a retro-modern hybrid that’s both familiar and keenly inventive.
“The directive was quite simple” explains principal songwriter Randy B. “Being a live act first, we tend to play more aggressively live than we do on the albums, which is something audiences really connect with”. Once the new material was completed, they were road tested for six months, naturally taking on an edgier element.
And edgier they are! The album opener, Halos & Horns is a collision of rockabilly guitar licks and pump organ bass crashing over a bump n’ grind Burlesque beat, serving as an ideal way to introduce drummer Capt. Sean E Watts’ first recorded appearance. Beard of Bees is a stadium-ready anthem complete with stomping rhythms and a bluesy, sledgehammer riff, while Elixxxir is the kind of rump shakin’, steampunk-swing PDC supporters expect.
New directions are also explored. The haunting Gravediggers of the World Unite is best described as a“gothabilly” track with its ghostly guitars, hypnotic bassline and New Orleans inspired percussion. PDC’s most aggressive song to date comes in the form of Detonation Time in which Terry Sawbones Grant’s overdriven 12 string bass and Randy B’s new found baritone guitar battle to the death while charging drums and apocalyptic lyrics power the song to certain oblivion.
In keeping with the tight production values of their first two albums, the band reunited with Juno award winning producer/engineer Ross Nykiforuk (Sheepdogs/ Northern Pikes). CD’s and downloads can be found right here.
04/01/2016 New Album Teaser Released
For those of you curious to get a glimpse of the new album, today marks the release of a video teaser. Shot at sold out New Years Eve show in Red Deer, the teaser features a snippet of the lead off song from the upcoming album, Electrik Steam Show to be released in May. Take a peek https://www.youtube.com/watch?