When I write, I often listen to music. For each book I’ve written there are certain albums and songs that I listen to on constant repeat. There’s something in the mood of the artist that resonates with the story. Last year I shared my playlist for the Sunken, and it included a lot of the classic steampunk bands like Abney Park and Vernon Process.
Today, you can have a look at some of the music I’ve been listening to when I was working on The Gauge War.
Carrion flowers – Chelsea Wolfe
This album has had such a profound impact on me it’s creeping into every piece of work I’ve created since it came out. It is magic.
Pinnacle and the Pit – Ghost
I love the tone and depth and vision of Ghost’s latest album. This song makes me think of Brunel’s lair beneath the Chimney. Also, the video is awesome.
Death Rides a Horse – Russian Circles
I’ve been thrashing the hell out of Russian Circles’ album Enter, which this song is from. Their songs get this moody, sooty darkness that I’m trying to capture in the Engine Ward.
Rivermen – Beastwars
Much of The Gauge War is set in the swamps with the Stokers. I needed some good, swampy music. This band, and this song, have done very nicely.
Work Song – Hozier
Another song for the Stokers, and particularly Aaron and Chloe. This song brings me to tears.
London – Jordan Reyne
I could not have written these books without Jordan Reyne. She captures in music the mood I hope to emulate in words. Everything I do is but a pale shade of music like this.
Theme from Sharpes – John Tams
There’s something innate to the English spirit that comes across in this folk song, sung perfectly by John Tams, I think of this song when I think of what England was in danger of losing when the Stokers and Navvies went to war.
Parliament of Fools – Skyclad
One of my favourite English bands, ever. Skyclad resonate with the Stokers to me.
Mr. Ste(v)phenson – The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing
You can’t write steampunk and leave The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing off your playlist. I love this ridiculousness of this song about the four famous Stephensons of the Victorian era.
This Corrosion – Sisters of Mercy
I have been THRASHING Sisters of Mercy for the last three months. If there is ever a day that couldn’t be improved by the Sisters, I don’t want to live it.
Monster – The Automatic
This song was in Cockneys vs Zombies, one of the greatest films ever made. And there are plenty of monsters in Engine Ward, trust me.
Red Right Hand – Nick Cave
There’s something about this song that always makes me think of Brunel.
So there you have it. There are a few of the songs and albums that have a profound influence over this book. Of course, if you want to read The Gauge War, you can buy an ebook copy from Amazon right now, or read it for free in Kindle Unlimited.