The hyperactive, theremin-wielding outfit Octopus Project ruled the Pool for a gloriously boozy Sunday this summer, mixing balloons, Theremins, and Peelander-Z into a 45-minute exercise of whetting our appetites for the new. And for their forthcoming, third LP, the Austin-based quartet set out on a defined mission to “achieve the perfect blend between high-end studio trickery, and lo-fi home experimentation.” That meant tracking both to tape and using ProTools, splicing studio time with bits lifted straight from the album’s demos, etc. New cut “Truck” is up to snuff by those standards, flipping a keyboard signature held down with garage-y, fuzzed-up guitar into a cymbal-ridden section of pretty, well-mixed arpeggios. Perfectly scuffed studio sound, and out in just over two minutes.



And in case you missed it earlier, take this Theremin-y cut for your octopodal pleasure…

More here.

Hello, Avalanche is out now at iTunes and 10/16 everywhere else via Peek-A-Boo.

Catch ’em on tour:
09/22 – Providence, RI @ Living Room #
09/23 – Boston, MA @ Middle East #
09/25 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse #
09/26 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground #
10/04 – Houston, TX @ Numbers
10/05 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
10/06 – New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
10/07 – Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Lounge
10/08 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
10/09 – West Palm Beach, FL @ City Limits
10/10 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s %
10/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
10/12 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
10/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Milestone
10/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Duke University
10/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
10/16 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
10/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
10/18 – New York, NY @ High Line Ballroom
10/19 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
10/20 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/21 – Montreal, PQ @ La Sala Rosa
10/22 – Toronto, ONT @ Sneaky Dee’s
10/23 – Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab
10/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield
10/25 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop %
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Abbey Theater %
10/27 – Chicago, IL @ Abbey Theater %
10/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
10/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Entry %
10/30 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
10/31 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Opolis
11/01 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay lounge
11/02 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
11/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
11/05 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
11/06 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
11/07 – Portland, OR @ Holocene %
11/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
11/08 – Visalia, CA @ Howie’s
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
11/11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah %
11/12 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush
11/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
11/14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
11/15 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
11/17 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
* = w/ Cinemechanica
+ = w/ Stereo Total
# = w/ Aesop Rock
% = w/ Enon

Comments (9)
  1. Lovelee Buttons  |   Posted on Sep 28th, 2007 0

    This album sounds very good. Great recordings, but you’ve really got to see them live. Amaaaazing show!

  2. Dys  |   Posted on Sep 28th, 2007 0

    Oooh. They played this in Baltimore last week and it was a good-time fun party.

  3. Ardy  |   Posted on Sep 28th, 2007 0

    New Wes Anderson short, new Octopus Project track… today is a good day on Stereogum.

  4. ab  |   Posted on Sep 28th, 2007 0

    someone please explain to me the appeal of this band. i saw them in chicago several weeks back and it was one of the worst sets in recent memory. HUGE thumbs down.

  5. adam from austin  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2007 0

    maybe you caught them on a bad night. for them, or you, i’m not sure, but i think they’re a fucking incredible band, especially live. every one of the half dozen times i’ve seen them i went home with a broken neck and painful bruises on my eardrums.

    if you get another chance to see them…give them another chance.

  6. chuck spencer  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2007 0

    I agree, I too DO NOT get there appeal! I think MOST people are just looking for the cool, new, thing. Oh, well what is horrible racket to one, is music to another. I do have some advice upon hearing the new album, STAY AWAY FROM VOCALS!! their voices are laughable!!!

  7. Mark  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2007 0

    Chuck is on drugs. Just saw them tonight and they were unbelievable. Best live show in a long time. And I don’t remember a single vocal.

  8. phillip andrews  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2007 0

    I heard they have a transvestite in the band! Rock on! I also heard he/she plays an awesome instrument!

  9. ana favila  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2007 0

    This is for Mark, they do have a vocal track, entitled “Queen”. It is on the new album is the only one to my knowledge. I didn’t know about the transvestite though! is this true, anyone??

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