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Octopus Project Re-Release First Two Albums

September 22, 2009

On the heels of a new EP and recent North American tour, Austin group The Octopus Project are returning to the studio to record their next full-length. To tide fans over in the meantime, the band’s first two albums have been reissued on vinyl and are available in stores now. The band’s haunting debut, Identification Parade, was originally issued by Peek-A-Boo Records in 2002, and deftly combines the experimentation of progressive post-rock, the blips and bleeps of electronic music and the raw, human ROCK of rock. Recorded and assembled over several years while the band was still mostly a recording project, Identification Parade is far more etherial, hypnotic and atmospheric than subsequent albums, and has been best described as “ambidextrous equipment failure junk-tronica.”

Several years and many tours later, the 2005 sophomore album, One Ten Hundred Thousand Million, captured the barely-controlled chaos of The Octopus Project’s live performances in a rich, surround sound, 3-D, technicolor studio amalgamation injected with the wild energy they felt in noisy, tightly-packed clubs. It was this album that caught the attention of Rolling Stone Senior Editor David Fricke, who described the band’s sound as “an outtake of the Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ with Mogwai as the studio band” and “tightly composed bundles of synthesized whoop and circus-calliope cheer… like Stereolab with happy feet.”

Identification Parade has never appeared on vinyl until now. One Ten Hundred Thousand Million was originally released on vinyl in a very limited edition of 500 copies with alternate hand-screened cover artwork. Peek-A-Boo Records is very excited to finally make both of these stellar albums available for vinyl enthusiasts.

The Octopus Project Braves the Sea For "Wet Gold" Video

August 24, 2009

Austin four-piece The Octopus Project are excited to reveal their brand new video for “Wet Gold,” one of the featured videos on their brand new Golden Beds Enhanced EP (Peek-A-Boo Records), which includes five different tunes and seven brand new videos! Josh Lambert in the band talks about the making of the video: “…it was wet and cold! We filmed it in Galveston a couple of months after the hurricane hit, so it was pretty devastated. The whole city (specifically the beach) was filled with debris and completely ripped up buildings — totally creepy. There was a pretty gnarly fog that day as well, so it only added to the eeriness.

Making the video was a blast! Yvonne spent a couple of days learning semaphore and was spelling out “Wet Gold” when we filmed it. I’ve never been colder in my life. Standing in the ocean all day long in the middle of January wouldn’t be first on my list of things to do in the future, but we had a ton of fun nonetheless!”

The Octopus Project Braves the Sea For "Wet Gold" Video

August 4, 2009

Austin four-piece The Octopus Project are excited to reveal their brand new video for “Wet Gold,” one of the featured videos on their brand new Golden Beds Enhanced EP (Peek-A-Boo Records), which includes five different tunes and seven brand new videos! Josh Lambert in the band talks about the making of the video: “…it was wet and cold! We filmed it in Galveston a couple of months after the hurricane hit, so it was pretty devastated. The whole city (specifically the beach) was filled with debris and completely ripped up buildings — totally creepy. There was a pretty gnarly fog that day as well, so it only added to the eeriness.

Making the video was a blast! Yvonne spent a couple of days learning semaphore and was spelling out “Wet Gold” when we filmed it. I’ve never been colder in my life. Standing in the ocean all day long in the middle of January wouldn’t be first on my list of things to do in the future, but we had a ton of fun nonetheless!”

Octopus Project – Wet Gold

July 24, 2009

Download “Wet Gold

The Octopus Project Gets Ready For the Road, Gives Away "Wet Gold"

July 24, 2009

Download This! – “Wet Gold

Austin four-piece The Octopus Project are getting ready to hit the road once again [tour dates below]. The band has kept busy this past month, touring around the south (where they debuted the first of many “Visual Music” performances), playing at Austin’s Fashion Awards last week, and rounding out an incredible 4th of July show at Stubb’s with Explosions In the Sky and The Wooden Birds.

The OP will set out once again on an extended North American tour behind their forthcoming Golden Beds enhanced EP, which features five different tunes and seven brand new videos, and will be released on Peek-A-Boo Records on July 28th.

In celebration of the EP and tour, the band are giving away a free mp3 download for their song “Wet Gold”!