Peek-A-Boo Records is proud to announce that Austin's favorite experimental pop band, The Octopus Project, will return with their fifth studio album, Fever Forms, on July 9th, 2013.
Where its predecessor (2010's Hexadecagon) went wide-screen and cosmic, Fever Forms is more representative of The Octopus Project's live experience — dense and ecstatic, a concentrated dose of frenetic beats and exuberant melody set in a brilliantly-colored sound world. The first single, the infectious "Whitby," is available now as a download — complete with exclusive b-sides, music video & a karaoke version(!).
Some facts about the record:
Fever Forms was recorded in a museum carved out of a mountain and mixed in collaboration with the mighty Erik Wofford (Black Angels, M. Ward, Maserati).
Fever Forms is the strongest horse.
Fever Forms is living in the future and the past at the same time.
Fever Forms is winning the largest trophies.
Fever Forms is 10,000 giga-pets doing flips in unison.
Fever Forms is a tattoo of an 18-wheeler bursting out of your chest.
Fever Forms is post-ears, pre-brains.
The Mythical E.L.C.
The Man with the Golden Hand
The band plans to hit the road again in August in support of the new LP. Tour dates and pre-order details for the album to be announced shortly, including deluxe bundles featuring some excellent surprises. Stay tuned!
The Octopus Project Premieres New Single & Video for "Whitby"
Fresh off an East Coast tour and successful appearance at last weekend's Fun Fun Fun Festival, The Octopus Project kicks off the western half of their North American tour this week by dropping a new digital single and video for "Whitby," pulled from a yet-untitled album of new material planned for release in Spring 2013.
The single is available NOW on iTunes, eMusic, and the usual digital channels. An extended single which includes additional bonus tracks (b-sides! a karaoke version!) is available for purchase exclusively from Peek-A-Boo Records. The band will also be selling a limited edition bundle at shows, which includes a silk-screened poster with a download code for the extended single.
The band also released a music video for "Whitby," which premiered on Stereogum, YouTube, and Vimeo yesterday. Created, shot and directed by the band, the stop-motion extravaganza was crafted entirely using die-cut colored card stock. Band members meticulously designed each shape and used a cutting machine generally reserved for scrapbooking to cut them out before photographing them in real world settings. The final video consists of over 4,000 separate images.
The Octopus Project releases Hexadecagon CD/2xLP, tours North America
The Octopus Project leaves Wednesday for a month of dates across the US, Canada and Mexico in support of the band's new album Hexadecagon. The geometrical term for a sixteen-sided object, Hexadecagon, was originally conceived as a performance piece with eight songs written for an integrated eight-channel audio and eight-channel video system. After performing the audiovisual panorma to emphatically positive reception at two over-capacity shows during SXSW earlier this year, The Octopus Project spent several months recording the eight songs at the band's home studio in Austin and mixing in Dallas with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In the Sky, Clinic, The Walkmen). The music is written to work in layers — originally for an audio canvas of eight-channels, but here re-arranged and re-orchestrated to create an engrossing experience for anyone with a pair of speakers (or headphones, ideally).
Peek-A-Boo Records is thrilled to release Hexadecagon on CD, 2xLP and digital formats on October 26, 2010. The CD is packaged in a deluxe gatefold digipak with a booklet filled with artwork and imagery from the Hexadecagon performance. The vinyl release is a delight for audiophiles and collectors alike. The album spans three sides of a gatefold double LP. The fourth side contains ten bonus tracks unavailable on any other format, cut to wax in interlocked, spiraling "roulette grooves," with each of the roulette grooves dropping into a single locked groove. The vinyl also includes a cut-and-assemble zoetrope that the listener can place atop the record as it spins, creating a miniature animation. Each album track has its own zoetrope animation strip — eight in all. Needless-to-say, this is a very special release.
For more details, check the official Hexadecagon website.
This morning The Octopus Project announced a new audiovisual experiment called "Hexadecagon," to be performed during SXSW on the roof of Whole Foods. The name, a geometrical term for a sixteen-sided object, loosely describes a custom eight-channel audio and eight-channel video system that the band has been experimenting with for many months now, in addition to writing original music, building custom electronics, programming software and shooting video footage for the event.
For the performance, eight speakers will be set up in a circle surrounding the audience with the band set up in the middle, while a combination of video and still images will be projected onto eight overhead screens. With this setup, the band can send all or part of the music spinning around in a circle or jumping from point to point across the space, or put completely different elements in each speaker. Meanwhile the video can run independently or in tight synchronization with the sounds (following them around the circle, for example).
The Octopus Project will perform Hexadecagon twice (early & late shows) on Friday, March 19, 2010, on the rooftop plaza of Whole Foods at 6th & Lamar. The event is FREE, all ages and open to the public. Capacity is very limited, and admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Hexadecagon is not affiliated with SXSW, so badges and wristbands are NOT required and will grant no special entry.
The Octopus Project's first two albums reissued on vinyl
Close on the heels of a new EP and recent North American tour, The Octopus Project'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.
Knife in the Water, Big Drag featured in Spin Magazine "100 Greatest Bands" List
The August 2009 issue of Spin Magazine features a nine-page spread called "Unsung: The 100 Greatest Bands You've (Probably) Never Heard," dedicated to all of the obscure bands the publication has failed to give proper credit over the years.
"In Spin's nearly 25-year history, some truly crap bands have achieved glory while more deserving — or just less lucky — artists languished on the fringes," states the introduction to the list, which includes such word-of-mouth favorites as Opal, Unrest, Huggy Bear, The Gories and Gaunt. Also included on that list are former Peek-A-Boo Records artists Knife in the Water (Austin, TX) and personal favorites Big Drag (San Antonio, TX).
Other Texas bands included on the list are Cherubs, Sixteen Deluxe and Young Heart Attack.
The Octopus Project launches tour supporting new Golden Beds EP
The Octopus Project is hitting road once again to promote a brand new release due in stores next week. The band has kept busy over the past month by touring around the south, playing at the Austin 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 band sets out once again today on an extended North American tour behind the forthcoming Golden Beds enhanced CD EP, which features five songs and seven videos (over 40 minutes of sights and sounds!).
Musically, some tracks are new, some are fresh takes on ideas from the past and each explores a different facet of their omnivorous sonic creations — from big-riff rock to tiny electronics to blissful sing-alongs. You can stream the entire EP here, so roll up those shirt sleeves and get ready to dip your arms deep into this kaleidoscopic candy jar full of tasty Octopus-flavored treats of both the audio and visual variety.
Super XX Man Volume III EP digitally reissued and expanded
Scott Garred, aka Super XX (pronounced "double-X") Man, began self-releasing his home recordings in the mid-'90s, while still fronting the popular indie-pop trio Silver Scooter. At the time, Super XX Man's four-tracked cassettes were simply a side project, but when Scott moved to Portland in 2002, he continued his solo recordings, eventually recruiting a full band and moving Super XX Man onto the stage and into the studio. Super XX Man has since been featuredtwice on NPR's All Songs Considered and has just released a new studio album, Volume XII: There'll Be Diamonds, on Portland's Tender Loving Empire label.
When Peek-A-Boo Records originally released Super XX Man's Volume III EP in 1997, it was limited to six tracks due to the inherent limitations of the 7" format. However, Scott had recorded more than twice that number of tracks with the idea that, like the two preceding self-released cassettes, Volume III would hold 12 songs. With this digital re-issue, Volume III has finally been expanded and restored to include the missing tracks, among which you'll find a moving cover of East River Pipe's "Crawl Away."
The expanded reissue of Volume III is now available for download via iTunes and eMusic, and vinyl fans who purchase the original 7" version of the EP will receive a download code for the full digital release.
MakeMusic TalkMusic SXSW Party Friday, March 13, 10 pm @ The Beauty Bar Peel, MVSCLZ, Nieliyo
All Tomorrow's Parties SXSW Party Tuesday, March 17 @ Emo's The Octopus Project, The Drones, Sleepy Sun, Micah P. Hinson
Autobus Records SXSW Party Saturday, March 21 @ Okay Mountain Gallery 1:00 pm - Peel 1:45 pm - The Wooden Birds 2:30 pm - The Shivers 3:15 pm - Canopy 4:00 pm - The Weird Weeds 4:45 pm - Callers 5:30 pm - Brazos 6:15 pm - Mellow Owl 7:00 pm - Mark D. Ashworth
Slip Productions SXSW Party Saturday, March 21 @ The Radio Room (main stage) 5:15 pm - Cursive 4:35 pm - Frodus 3:40 pm - The Van Pelt 2:45 pm - Silver Scooter 1:50 pm - Pinebender 1:15 pm - The Life and Times 12:35 pm - Young Widows 12:00 pm - The Poison Arrows 11:30 am - Head of Skulls!
Official SXSW Showcase Saturday, March 21 @ Smokin Music' 7:30 pm - Peel 8:30 pm - Scotland Yard Gospel Choir 9:30 pm - The Love Me Nots 10:30 pm - Ian Moore 11:30 pm - Greg Camp
The Agency Group Official SXSW Showcase Saturday, March 21 @ Emo's (main stage) 9:00 pm - The Octopus Project 10:00 pm - Yelle 11:00 pm - Trail of Dead 12:00 am - Grupo Fantasma 1:00 am - Daniel Johnston
New Diagonals video (featuring Black Lipstick's Steve Garcia)
In case you hadn't heard, Black Lipstick booming bass man and wicked guitar wizard Steve Garcia formed a new band called Diagonals. Diagonals have a new LP called Valley of the Cyclops, which just came out on Austin's Monofonus Press Records. Pick it up ASAP and prepare to have your mind melted.
In the meantime, check out the band's new video for "Clones," in which Garcia ponders some of the same theoretical issues explored by Michael Keaton in the groundbreaking 1996 sci-fi thriller Multiplicity.
"Clones" was directed by Nick Smith, who previously directed the video for The Octopus Project's "Music is Happiness."