Sunday, September 13, 2015

WALTER SICKERT & THE ARMY OF BROKEN TOYS

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“Musically sophisticated and immensely talented, wildly unusual and diverse in material and presentation, a Dada-esque circus carnival run amuck, and just plain good ‘not-always-so-clean’ fun”. -Boston Survival Guide

Boston-based phenomenon Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys are dada darlings of the steampunk world, sharing music for anyone who has ever been broken (-NPR). The Army of Broken Toys's stage show exorcises personal tragedies and cleaves its audience's hearts with rollicking apocalyptic waltzes and powerful rock ballads that seem to emerge from under their ringmaster Walter Sickert’s top hat. While The Toys are on stage one feels psychically kidnapped to their ‘Portable Carnival’. The WIREFOREST boasts 7 musicians (guitars, upright bass, drums, viola, mandolin, broken toys, melodica, accordion, ukulele, flute...) and rolls with a surreal troupe of any number of midway and burlesque performers, The Bunny Collaborative. The Army of Broken Toys offers a unique rock club run-away to the circus experience.

Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys have been making as much noise nationally as they do locally. With a steady foundation of coverage by Boston press including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, the Noise and The Phoenix; the Army of Toys has also been featured nationally on NPR’s Here and Now, All Songs Considered and on MuchMusic. Walter Sickert was named Best Artist 2011 and 2012 in the Boston Phoenix Reader's Poll and his visual art was part of the Art is Evil touring stage/music/art show and art book sponsored by Amanda Palmer’s million dollar Kickstarter with a small group of artists like Frances Bean Cobain, Neil Gaiman, DJ Spooky, Shepard Fairey, David Mack etc. Walter has also been featured for the last six years as a part of the RPM challenge sponsored by New Hampshire’s The Wire. The band has continued to participate in the challenge every year since its inception. The Toys have successfully funded two Kickstarter campaigns, and produced a 40+ show run of their original 'steampunk musical for people who hate musicals,' "28 Seeds" a cautionary tale for our time writ by the band's resident playwright/mustache, Meff and produced by Liars and Believers. The play originated from the "last radio show" RPM '10 project.

The “rollicking, raunchy sideshow of jolly, wheezing menace and delight” live experience of Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys have taken the band across the US and beyond, playing such revered venues as the Hynes Convention Center for First Night for four years, The Boston Center for The Arts, Boston Symphony Hall, 930 Club in DC, Webster Hall in NYC, Royce Hall in LA, Mod Club in Toronto, the Stone Pony in NJ, and the Melkweg in Amsterdam etc. Their live antics have earned them a Boston Music Award nomination for Best Live Act and headlining spots at Steampunk World’s Faire. They have garnered opening spots alongside international contemporaries the Tiger Lillies, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, The Humans (featuring Toyah Wilcox, Bill Rieflin and Chris Wong), The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer (solo), Chester French, etc. at several venues.


01 - [2006] Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys


01 The Negative Heart Society
02 Sacrilege
03 Lows
04 La Divorce
05 Sister inhalation
06 Bone Slag
07 The Long Wait
08 No More Fires
09 coldwireforest
10 Shiny New
11 Legs Like Snakes
12 Slit Wrist Family
13 Hell Holds

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02 - [2007] Almanac of The Wireforest (2CD)


Disc 1 - whiteKey

01 Overture of The Wireforest (the almanac)
02 Gin & Scissors (broke almanac)
03 Rusted Key (Graveyards filling up)
04 babies don't breathe (under water)
05 Holland & Wintersbreathe (the sweetest air)
06 Dali's in The Black Room (ode to Un Chien Andalou)
07 the signs connect the connections react and you now have that strange thought in your mind (no words here)
08 End Time Hustle (sacrifice)
09 Great Grandfather Pipe (breaking branches off the family tree)
10 cutspell yourname (live in the wirecloset With Friends)
11 Soil Spit Spit! (Broken Leg Assimilate)
12 Wagon Wheel (all my friends are invisible)

Disc 2 - blackKey

01 Movement of the Taking Tree (Letters found in the Dirt)
02 Phoenixes & Dictators (the Bone Gods)
03 Poison Visions (Sow your Skin together)
04 Rivets (truth about liars)
05 hooks & latch trees (crooked bitch)
06 You Can Make it Rain (Our Ship)
07 The Great Horrible (The Terrible)
08 Bone Calculator (scourge tongue)
09 Untitled
10 Up From Ground (pacts & spiders)
11 Bind, Torture, Kiss (now a ghost)
12 Divinity Has Cut Our Throats (Found Guilty)

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03 - [2008] 29 mares in ThE kIllING bOx

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01 pale horse
02 CARNAL CARNIVAL
03 Noise KLouds
04 Verne arial disease
05 HEARingaids
06  LITTLEeyes
07 rapist lover
08 29 mares in ThE kILLING bOx
09 channel the dead
10 alphabeta
11 childrenMOnstER
12 "dad" the dead snake
13 revenge of the rats

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04 - [2008] Casualty Menagerie EP


01 No Room
02 Viktagraph
03 Pale Horse
04 Carnal Carnivàle
05 Revenge of the Rats
06 No Room (Radio Edit)

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05 - [2009] EconOmicoN

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01 EconOmicoN
02 HOLLOW SONGBIRD
03 OFF WITH HER HEAD!! Live with audience participation @ the Lily Pad
04 the Fly & the Feather
05 A Friend in Goddamn
06 the Conduet
07 the Kid Cannibal Gangs of Boston
08 Orb & Spark
09 Lady the Void
10 Rubbing its Legs
11 Ripping Paper Dolls
12 No Bad Ends
13 the Moaning City
14 KeyhOle
15 28th
16 Sea & the End
17 Once i die I am Free

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06 - [2010] 28 Seeds- The Last Radio Show


01 Chapter 1 Transmission Statement
02 Transmission Alfa
03 End Ourselves
04 Chapter 2 The Story Of Dr. Z
05 Transmission Beta
06 Porcelain Heads
07 Operation Maple March
08 Glass Guillotine
09 Chapter 3 The Accidental Evaporation Of The Southern Hemisphere
10 The General’s Big Oops
11 In A Flash
12 Tycho
13 Chapter 4 Commercial For Southern Expansion
14 Southern Expansion
15 On White Spools
16 Chapter 5 Five Years Left
17 Transmission Gamma
18 QUEEN OF
19 The Neverdeath Pill
20 Matryoshka Act I
21 Matryoshka Act II
22 Matryoshka Act III
23 Fixy-Booth
24 General Debauch(ery) by jojo the Burlesque Poetess
25 Matryoshka Act IV
26 The Sky Is Falling
27 Toys Revenge
28 M For Martyr
29 Chapter 6 The End Lights
30 Bohemian Mustache
31 Transmission Delta
32 Kepler
33 WINTERMISSION
34 Genies Of Death
35 28 Seeds- The Last Radio Show

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07 - [2010] SteamShipKillers


01 A Friend in Goddamn
02 Cataclysm
03 Planet Killer
04 No Room
05 Sam Hall
06 Heroin Pig
07 Sea Song (Mare Carmen)
08 Pale Horse
09 Revenge of the Rats
10 Hole in the Boat
11 Feathers (Feat. Mali Sastri)
12 Off With Her Head!!!
13 ViktaGraph


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08 - [2011] DREAM DROME


01 Previously on 28 Seeds
02 My Devil
03 Japanese Toys
04 Deep Sea Research and the Moon
05 Oneiric Darwinism
06 Baba Yaga
07 1690
08 Pornival
09 Droog & Devotchka
10 Vellocetia I
11 Rabbits in the Deathbed
12 Medical Sexual
13 Bird Trap
14 Vellocetia II
15 DeadCowBoys
16 SteamCRUNK anthem (feat. Watson)
17 Lynch Glass
18 We are SteamCRUNK
19 Saint John Lithgow
20 Squidish Rumpus
21 < a Year
22 Scholdren
23 The New Filth

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09 - [2011] Soldiers Came (Digital Track)


Recorded for the IFC's production of Young Broke & Beautiful with host Broke-Ass Stuart. Aired first on July 8th, 2011

01 Soldiers Came

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10 - [2011] Minnie The Moocher (Digital Track)


Recorded LIVE at Church of Boston by Sonic Enhancement Specialists, LTD www.sonicenhancement.com - Engineer: Joel Simches

01 Minnie The Moocher by Walter Sickert

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11 - [2012] DEAR MOON


01 DEAR MOON
02 ANTIQUATED
03 DEVILSPAWN
04 BODYMOONTRUNK
05 YOU EYE LIKE
06 SURVIVE SONGBIRD
07 LIFE ON THE MOON
08 DEEPEND CHILDREN
09 VOODOO DOLL
10 quarantine quarINtine
11 CITY DARK CITY
12 SteamCRUNK ORAL LITEROTICA
13 I WAS TWO GIRLS
14 DRINK DRINK
15 IS REAL IS WHAT (DEAR MOON)
16 LAUNAM MACSAT

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12 - [2012] 28 Seeds (the Soundtrack)


01 28 Seeds
02 OURSELVES
03 PORCELAIN HEADS
04 ON WHITE SPOOLS
05 GLASS GUILLOTINE
06 < A YEAR
07 GONE IN A FLASH
08 SOLDIERS CAME
09 Philthy Phuckers
10 RABBITS IN THE DEATHBED
11 MADAME Q’S
12 OUR QUEEN
13 THE SKY IS FALLING
14 VELLOCETIA
15 WINTERMISSION

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13 - [2012] the Complete METROPOLIS - Soundtrack performed LIVE at the Music Hall


01 Metropolis 1
02 Metropolis 2
03 Metropolis 3
04 Metropolis 4
05 Metropolis 5
06 Metropolis 6
07 Metropolis 7
08 Metropolis 8

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14 - [2013] TRAPDOORS


01 Level 3
02 mutant childstar part I
03 BROKEN OCEAN
04 Talk to Animals
05 Sequined Bloodbath
06 Concubine Opium
07 Hairless Werewolf
08 The Bargain Wheel
09 The Ghost
10 Ballerina mutant childstar part II
11 Laudanum Son
12 GlassBox and Kidneys
13 Church Devil
14 TRAPDOORS
15 wish upon a die
16 doomsday yay!
17 old time fun with the hoop and stick and Dr.Tumblety's Amazing Playing Teeth
18 PONY PONY PONY PONY PONY PONY PONY bunny rabbit

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15 - [2013] Soft Time Traveler


01 Devil's In The Details
02 Survive Songbird
03 Baba Yaga
04 Pornival
05 Soldiers Came
06 Radioactive Brush
07 Timeworn Animal
08 Walls
09 Dead Cowboys
10 Atom Bomb
11 Droog And Devotchka
12 Cruel Sister
13 Glory Box
14 Hypno-Jump Initiation
15 Little Paper Song
16 28 Seeds
17 Ourselves
18 Soft Time Traveler

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16 - [2013] Toys of Future Past


In a world where the BRoken TOys are thrown into alternate musical realities you get 23 COVER songs (as asked for by our Soft Time Traveler Kickstarter backers!)

ALL covers were performed with LOVE and TENTACLES! We poured one part SteamCRUNK, a dribble of distortion, two parts cat piano, a daub of dirt-fi, and put that in a shaker with Walter’s brain grapes and PRESTO!

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01 Take What You Need
02 Fruit Cake
03 Speed of Pain
04 Walkin' After Midnight
05 Fish Heads
06 Happy Worker
07 Nightmare on Dyke Street
08 Incendiary
09 Cheer
10 If You Want Me to Stay
11 Deliria (the Final Girl)
12 Where Have You Gone
13 The Loner
14 The Ladder
15 The Saint of Glass Worms
16 I'm Not Your Toy
17 The Lamia
18 The Piano Has Been Drinking
19 This Must Be The Place
20 The Diary of Horace Wimp
21 Requiem
22 Sledgehammer
23 The Four Horsemen

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17 - [2013] The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - LIVE Soundtrack



01 Caligari 1
02 Caligari 2
03 Caligari 3
04 Caligari 4
05 Caligari 5
06 Caligari 6
07 Caligari 7
08 Caligari 8
09 Caligari 9
10 Caligari 10
11 Caligari 11
12 Caligari 12
13 Caligari 13
14 Caligari 14
15 Caligari 15
16 Caligari 16
17 Caligari 17
18 Caligari 18

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18 - [2014] ROYALS: Part Duex (Digital Track)


01 ROYALS: Part Duex

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19 - [2014] Ruined Your Childhood


01 WARNING POSSESSED TELEVISIONS
02 The Sticky Channel
03 This Hole
04 The Educational Channel
05 ALPHABET
06 Baby Gun Shack
07 WE COULD BE EATEN IF WE MISS THE BUS
08 Conspiracy TV
09 CALL OF CTHULHU'S SONG
10 Dreams ? Colors ?? Magic ??
11 WE DON'T NEED NO HUMANS
12 Kiddy Brainsquid Funtime Channel
13 SLAUGHTERHOUSE SWEETHEARTS
14 City of Dis TV
15 LULLABY FOR AN ANTICHRIST
16 Mr. Sprinkles
17 THE SHARP MOUTH and the TOILET VAMPIRE
18 DODECA HIGH
19 GRASS and DIAMONDS
20 sign-off
21 The TV Speaks
22 Hieronymus Bosch Ezel Muziek

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20 - [2015] Hush Fossil


01 Harp Slipping
02 PUT A HOLE IN THE MAN YOU LOVE
03 Dr. Tumblety
04 HUSH FOSSIL
05 Another Sad Waltz
06 The Story of Love & Tentacles
07 Lighthouse Burnt Down
08 Spy vs Spy
09 it can hurt
10 Bunny and Hyde
11 Where The Poison Apples Grow
12 Wednesday

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21 - [2015] SHOCKHEADED PETER


01 The Struwwelpeter Overture
02 The Story of Cruel Frederick
03 The Dreadful Story About Harriet and the Matches
04 Bully Boys
05 The Story of the Man Who Went Out Shooting
06 Snip Snip (Suck-a-Thumb)
07 Augustus and the Soup
08 Fidgety Phil
09 Johnny Head-In-Air
10 Flying Robert
11 Shockheaded Peter

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