We rarely miss an opportunity to promote a worthy band from Down Under (see: Midnight Juggernauts, Oh Mercy). Our latest entry is All Mankind, which produced a rather amusing search list when we put their name into a certain music site we frequent which shall remain nameless. The results were almost exclusively death metal bands, something All Mankind is decidedly not.
Look at those boys. Do they look like death metalers? Perish the thought, though the bassist does rock a Jason Newsted-style stance in the clip for their new single “Can You Hear Me.” Think Coldplay with a less polarizing lead singer, or Keane with guitars, and you’re close: the track boasts one of those mile-wide choruses that is begging for stadium love. The clip shows the band on the run from a couple of authoritarians, though why the Man would want to keep down a band like this is anyone’s guess. This song doesn’t want a revolution, and that’s all right.
We’re still trying to figure out exactly how the word ‘steampunk’ had eluded us for so long. The short answer is because we don’t read as much as we’d like to (covering music, movies, TV and sports will do that to a person), but either way, once we saw that Chicago band Hey Champ closed their (awesome) 2010 album Star with a song called “Steampunk Camelot,” we suddenly saw the word everywhere. Like, say, in the subject header for the email promoting this band’s strange new video.
This is the only song we’ve heard from All Mankind, but we dig the vibe, a blend of Muse’s theatrics and Crowded House’s pop instincts. And the latter makes sense, since the band is from Australia. (Yes, Neil Finn is from New Zealand, but close enough for jazz.) The video is pretty sweet, too. It reminds us of the 2009 animated film “9,” only better. And for those who want to hear Hey Champ’s “Steampunk Camelot” — and if you’re at all a fan of Drama-era Yes or the Buggles, you do not want to miss this — click here. Rock on.