Punch Drunk Cabaret returns to launch new album

By Jessica Ryan, Camrose Canadian

Punch Drunk Cabaret will unveil their third album at the Bailey Theatre on May 13. (Larrie Thomson)

Punch Drunk Cabaret will unveil their third album at the Bailey Theatre on May 13. (Larrie Thomson)

They’ve been holed up over the winter, polishing up new tunes, but rockabilly steampunk trio Punch Drunk Cabaret will return to the Bailey Theatre May 13 to launch their third album, Electrik Steam Show.

Camrose, as the first place to embrace the band when they got started six years ago, holds a special place in their hearts.

“We’re a homeless band because we’re three different musicians spread across the province, but when we line up a Camrose date, that always feels like a hometown show for us,” said lead singer Randy Bailer. “We’ve been away from the stage for most of the winter and it’s time to recharge our batteries again.”

Last year the band spent about six months road testing their material on live audiences, finding out which songs consistently got the best reactions, before starting the recording process.

“What’s different about this album is we definitely stepped forward on the production values. It’s a much more interesting record to listen to,” said Bailer. “In times past we just kind of wanted a musical snapshot of what we do live, and this time out we really wanted to create an engaging record for the listener that will endure repeated listens, and maybe layers that would be revealed over time.”

And so they enlisted the mixing talents of Juno winner Ross Nykiforuk (of Sheepdogs fame) and the mastering expertise of Grammy winner Peter J. Moore (who recently worked on Bob Dylan’s latest album).

They also endeavoured to write songs with the audience in mind, leaving plenty of room for crowd participation.

“It means that we have a high expectation already that they’re going to come to the show and want to participate, but that’s just the kind of band that we are,” said Bailer. “The event is just so much more fun when the audience is part of the show.”

Punch Drunk Cabaret not only encourages sing-alongs and dancing, but audience members are welcome to dress up.

“We’re almost trying to recreate Halloween or New Year’s every time we play. That’s really the kind of spirit that we’re trying to get the audience to participate in, rather than you just have a couple of special nights a year that you can really let yourself go.”

Punch Drunk Cabaret will partnering with the Rose City Roots Music Society for the first time with this concert. The show starts at 8 p.m. on May 13. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students), available at the Bailey Box office or online.

Enter to win a free pair of tickets to this show by stopping by the Camrose Canadian or emailing jryan@postmedia.com.

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