In the world there are tens, hundreds of thousands, and perhaps millions of music projects. Naturally, that at least one in a hundred comes up with something more original than copying an image of Bob Marley, «Beagle» or Elvis Sid Vicious. Musicians in different ways to create their images: one using masks, others — make-up, the third — the costumes. As a rule, the first rare-developed invent a legend — they usually say that masks enough to stand out. Among them — the French musician Danger, whose mask is inspired by the group Daft Punk and black magicians of Final Fantasy, and album titles (EPIII, EP1V) refer to the «Star Wars.» Original cartoon masks vegetables mutants are folders Radioactive Chickenheads.
Grim has long been the main attribute of musicians playing black metal, as well as the direction of visual kei. The founders of the bright make-up in rock music considered Americans Kiss.
Their complex, researched makeup, apparently inspired by comic books. Another interesting example of a make-up — the American horror-rap duo Insane Clown Posse. Its members act in the way clown-killers and perform appropriate songs. And the Swedish rock band Ghost vocalist depicts demonic pope.
Musicians in costume usually carefully study their own fictional biography. Since the guys were able to go at full strength in the studio, they will find the strength to come up with an interesting plot and characters. The sources of inspiration for these groups are often science fiction and horror, fantasy and reason are not held in high esteem.
Do not forget about the steampunk. Until now, there are disputes, there is the eponymous musical genre — even in our editorial office there is no consensus. Anyway, musicians, inspired by the romance of the Victorian steam, it becomes more and more, and almost all use in their work the elements of acting.
The first thing to come to mind familiar to our readers Abney Park. Initially, the US team played the industrial and gothic rock, but in 2005, they dramatically changed both sound and image Abney Park appeared in the image of the hijackers with the airship «Ophelia», time travel. All subsequent albums tell the adventures of the crew. In 2011, the group’s leader, Robert Brown, even published a novel based on this story. More some time traveler from the Victorian era — Americans Unextraordinary Gentlemen, inspired by Alan Moore comic «League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.» Their songs are dedicated to the history of the fictional XIX century, who often told in the first person, and among their heroes have such characters as Clive the Barker and Elwood Lovekraken. To conditionally include steampunk and German group Coppelius. Its members represent the beginning of the XIX century aristocrats and play on the appropriate instruments — cello, clarinet, double bass. Performed they are, interestingly enough, metal. And one of the band members on anything does not play — he is the butler. More some aristocrats, this time from the XVIII century, are known as The Upper Crust There are guests from the future — an American electropop singer-team Euromotion states that appeared from 3012 year.
Many groups do not even have such a rich biography, but elaborated impressive image. One of the first of these musicians were Americans GWAR. They are incredible, detailed and original costumes are dazzling. Every concert — a bright, shocking show. However, the themes of their lyrics are far from fiction. Another thing is the Finnish hard rockers Lordi, whose images of monsters from cheap horror films created by using a multilayer make-up and costumes. Songs Lordi also devoted to horror movies, with composed they are quite ironic way — musicians do not hide the fact that all their work is serious. Not inferior to them in brightness makeup American metallers A Band of Ores — very real orcs with guitars playing metal det-. More among fantasy creatures on stage common trolls — you can recall, for example, Norwegian or Finnish indastrialytsika Mortiis humppa metal band Finntroll. These demons played in the Japanese heavy metal band SeikimaI. They came from the world of the Mac, to spread the teachings of Satan. Another striking example worked costumes and performances — collective The Residents, existing from the end of the sixties. However, performances in the group play a significantly larger role than the actual music.
There is a group in which a part is played by robots. American rock band Servotron entirely composed of robots, and the theme songs were appropriate — from classics such as NF laws Asimov to Bendery «Kill all humans!». Other robots enslaved its creator, but a combination — frontman Captured! by Robots. In addition to the singer, the only person in the group includes headless robot, doll’s head and two toy monkey. His team has mechanical and Dr. Steel — mad scientist of the Victorian era, who dreams of taking over the world.
There are many groups inspired by comic books. The first to come to mind, The Aquabats, who wear suits classic superhero — fighters against evil. There on the music scene and supervillains — for example, Wren-team Soopa Villainz, its four members are called names card suits and wear appropriate costumes.
But most of the theme that runs through all the work of the group, it is science fiction. One of the first musicians to create your image of space-based NF were glam rockers Zolar X, gathered more in 1973 (by the way, they are also considered to be one of the first glam-rockers). Musician maintain the image of space aliens. Other newcomers. famous Clintons, playing death metal band Stovokor. All the songs, of course, performed in their native language. In the universe of «Star Trek» live and American punk Warp I. Their work is frankly comic character — which are nothing but the names of albums, such as «Bor-Gazma.» On the stage, there are many other astronauts — for example, pop-punk Supernova, Japanese Peelander-Z, surf-rockers Man or Astro-man? Or Japanese project Genki Rockets, whose lead singer of A have, according to legend, was born on the International Space Station on Sept. 11, 2019, and have never seen the Earth.
The music scene gave the world a lot of talent, and this in the article did not grasp the immensity. Therefore, there is not a well developed group with live shows such as Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper, or virtual groups such as Gorillaz or Dethklok. This is a topic for another article.