Æther Feature: What SHARP Teeth

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community of steam and cog, or perhaps remind you of one artisan’s successful efforts to bring the past that never was to the here and now.
In this week’s Æther Feature brought to you by Jeff Mach.

Jeff Mach runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair, which has about 8,000 attendees annually, but the event for which he is most known was something called the Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire, a genre-bending Faire which changed some of how fandom felt about what a festival, or a Renfaire, could do.

Jeff has been on the cutting edge of what steampunk events can do, and this Kickstarter is no different. No there are many Steampunk Kickstarters out there, but we thought this one might be of interest; it’s one of very few Steampunk rock operas, and it’s by Jeff, one of the creators of the Steampunk rock opera genre.

“What Sharp Teeth” is a Victorian-era retelling of the Little Red Riding hood story through its three main characters: Little Red, The Narrator, and The Crocodile (sure, there WAS a wolf on the path, but Wolf met Crocodile and…no more wolf.)  The fairy tale unravels into a darkly humorous rock opera which both appreciates and sunders the magic of fairytales; it also has elements of Steampunk, Geek culture, and a pinch of Gothic darkness.
This is a prequel to the seminal Steampunk rock opera Absinthe Heroes, which was crowdfunded successfully in 2015.  It’s a different genre and world, but has the same focus on telling a rich and enthralling story and making it just a little odd and just a little dark.
Like “Absinthe Heroes”, it’s chock full of surprises, plot twists, Easter eggs, and, just as things are starting to get seriously silly, it arcs into exhilarating drama and storytelling.
Stop by the Kickstarter and become a backer if you’re able and consider sharing the link; it might also be a good investment, even if you’re not going to be in a place where tickets make sense, for you to get the live album for $8.

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