Monday, October 22, 2007

The Octopus Project

The Octopus Project hails from Austin, Texas and they call themselves a noise rock band. I feel like that category is often used as a catch-all for music that doesn't quite sound...musical. But that's not the case for these guys. Without any vocals, they are still melodic. And unlike most instrumental bands I've heard, their music doesn't just fade into the background. They are very engaging despite a lack of lyrics for us to hang on to.

Their website is not to be missed, especially the merch page. In addition to the usual t-shirts and posters, they have tissue holders and stuffed animals for sale, such as Roodee pictured up above. "Roodee's a cube! Roodee blows air! Roodee doesn't have a place to put underwear!" Oh, and the website is pink. Of course it is.

Their latest record is Hello, Avalanche, and it came out on Peek-A-Boo Records this month. You can buy it here. I've heard quite a few songs, but my favorite is "Truck" because it reminds me a lot of Reggie and the Full Effect.

The Octopus Project - Truck

Prior to this record, they collaborated with Black Moth Super Rainbow on The House of Apples and Eyeballs. The first track off of that record, "Spiracle", is highly recommended for those who like keyboard sounds that emulate robot voices, bleeps, and/or bloops. You can buy that one here from Graveface Records. It's more experimental sounding than their latest effort.

OP + BMSR - Spiracle

The Octopus Project on MySpace
The Most Amazing Band Website Ever
Peek-A-Boo Records

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