It’s time to talk about some things that I actually like, and what better place to start than right here.
So, who are Steam Girls I hear you ask? That’s a pretty valid question right there, good job. If I were to hazard a guess, you’re probably also thinking something along the line of “They’re probably some super obscure idol group that are Garry’s new thing”. Well, you’re in the right kind of area with that train of thought. However, I feel like a slightly more detailed introduction is called for so let’s get right into that.
Steam Girls are a sub-unit of the production agency “Alice Project”. It’s possible that you might have heard me mention another one of their groups (Alice Juban) a while back. They were the heavy metal looking idols with the hockey masks, and they’re also worth looking into but that’s not what this article is for. Like I said, Steam Girls are one of the many sub-units within Alice Project and their gimmick/theme/whatever you want to call it is that they’re cyberpunk/steampunk idols. I don’t about you but I’ve never seen that done before so my interest was instantly piqued.
I had a vague idea of what Alice Project was all about due to the aforementioned Alice Juban but Steam Girls made me actually go out and do some proper research. The group consists of 11 members, many of whom also participate in the various other Alice Project sub-units. That’s something that they like to do in Alice Project, keep their members busy by having them perform in multiple group. The more cynical of you can look at it as the agency not having enough talent but I just see it as making good use of the talent that they already have. It also means that if you find a member you like, you can see her more often which is something I know I wish would happen more with smaller groups.
So we have a cyberpunk/steampunk idol group, and as you can see; that translates into neon colored clothing, fishnets, giant furry boots and gas masks. It all certainly makes for some rather striking visuals and that creates a talking point in and of itself. I get that if you’re into the more traditional idol image that this might not be your thing. However, the problem with the traditional idol image is that there are so many groups doing it these days that it’s incredibly easy to get lost in the shuffle. The metaphorical buffet table is groaning under the weight of all of those groups but Steam Girls certainly don’t have that problem, standing as a giant fuzzy neon beacon in a sea of indistinguishable indie groups.
At this point you must be wondering about their musical output, I know I would be. Thankfully, Steam Girls have a number of songs uploaded on the Alice Project Youtube channel so it’s going to be really easy for me to let you hear what they’re all about. That makes a nice change because it’s really difficult to sell people on an indie group if you have nothing to show them. Now, you all know of my reputation for liking these crazy sounding groups and if we’re honest, the costumes on display here do allow for many conclusions to be drawn very quickly. In this instance I think it would be best to let the music itself do the talking, so here’s our first look at what the group has to offer.
Not what you were expecting right? I’m sure you all thought they’d be some screamer group or something along those lines, sorry if I disappointed. Instead I’m giving you a group that makes heavy use of synthesizers, drum machines and vocal effects with some elements of Glitch creeping their way in. Not the worst group I’ve ever taken an interest in, wouldn’t you agree? Now let’s be real for a second, there are some things that need work but that’s okay. Rome wasn’t built in a day but we’re heading in the right direction here. It also doesn’t hurt that Steam Girls are being touted as an emerging talent in the indie scene right now either. Maybe you can’t say that you saw them first but you could get in near the ground floor and add to your idol cred.
In all seriousness though, Steam Girls are one of my favorite new groups right now. They have a great gimmick and the music is there, so hopefully they can build towards becoming an established name in the scene. I mean, if Brand-new Idol Society can come right out of left field and get a record deal with Avex then I don’t see why Steam Girls can’t put themselves in a similar position in the future. There are still plenty of niches in the idol genre that are yet to be carved out.
If you want to know more about the group or Alice Project in general, then you can check out Alice Project website which is linked below. While you’re there; you can also check out the Steam Girls website, their Ameblo and their Twitter which automatically updates whenever any of the members make a blog post on either the Steam Girls blog or their personal blogs.
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this group or perhaps any suggestions you might have for other groups that I should cover on the site. I also gladly accept criticism for incorrect information so feel free to leave any of these things in the comment section below.
Bonus Live Footage: