The Swinghoppers – Welcome to the Family EP review

The Swinghoppers are a three piece musical outfit fusing the vintage sounds of swing music with updated styles of hip hop. Frontman Offbeat provides the majority of the lyrics. Supported by PYE (or Pieman – wait, is he from the Illicit Market at Asylum?) with raps or impressive beatboxing and singing from Sharleena Ray. I first heard about The Swinghoppers via their newest single Tea Total which features steampunk lovable rogue Professor Elemental. After a brief chat, they kindly sent me their new EP to have a listen to. This is the Swinghoppers EP review. Continue reading “The Swinghoppers – Welcome to the Family EP review”

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Review

Sweeney Todd’s Origins Sweeney Todd is adapted from a serialized tale called The String of Pearls: A Romance. The story took place in 1785 and was first published as a serial in 1846-47. The story has been adapted for stage and screen many times over, but in case you aren’t familiar with it, here’s the short version. Sweeney Todd is a barber on Fleet Street in London. He kills his victims (sometimes through breaking their necks and sometimes giving them too close a shave with his straight-edge razor). Then disposes of the bodies by giving them to his neighbor, Mrs. Lovett. She bakes them into meat … Continue reading Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Review

Penny Dreadful Season 2 Review

What is Penny Dreadful Season 2 About? It’s tough to review Season 2 of a show without giving away any spoilers from the first season, but I’ll do my best. (You can also get my impressions of Season 1 in my last review.)  The second season of this deliciously dark, psychological thriller sees new foes. If you thought vampires were bad, wait until you meet the witches of this season. They are out to exploit Vanessa and her psychic powers, and they’ll go through her friends to get what they want. You get a lot more information about Vanessa’s backstory and how she’s used her dubious … Continue reading Penny Dreadful Season 2 Review

An Axe to Grind – A Look at the Historic Lizzie Borden Case and the New Movie “Lizzie”

Lizzie Borden Had an Axe… And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. …or so the rhyme goes. But did Lizzie really hack her parents to death? Was Lizzie a … Continue reading An Axe to Grind – A Look at the Historic Lizzie Borden Case and the New Movie “Lizzie”

Captain Fawcett’s Barbarism Moustache Wax Review

Captain Fawcett’s Gentleman’s Emporium is based in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The Facebook page has an amusing tale of how the original Captain Fawcett was lost on an adventure in the Congo, yet his journals and recipes for self grooming products was found in an old chest in a house clearance sale in the UK. Whether it’s true or not is left to your imagination, but there’s a degree of romance in the story, so I’m happy to leave it be. I picked up a 15ml 0.5fl oz tin of Barberism wax from the Weekend at The Asylum steampunk event in Lincoln. Barberism is part of the … Continue reading Captain Fawcett’s Barbarism Moustache Wax Review