In 2012, before Octopus Rex was even a band, vocalist/guitarist Travis McGuire and drummer Sean Rainey teamed up to make a demo for a conceptual “gaudy punk-metal project.” That, alone, sounded damned fun, but McGuire and Rainey knew they were onto something when quite a few of the tracks they were working on quickly started to take shape. It was all a matter of exploring their sound more and taking their ideas to Top List Studios to bring them to life. They were even able to independently release three new songs on vinyl after a successful Kickstarter program. They had something totally wicked and devious on their hands. The newly named Octopus Rex officially unleashed its tentacles.
The self-described party-punk/psych-metal/horror rockers utilize all the speed and attitude of punk meshed with fierce classic metal and rock riffs. On top of that, there’s a mad love for imagery taken directly from their favorite horror films, among other fantastical, not-necessarily-safe-for-work inspirations. But that’s rock ‘n’ roll.
Time to get down and dirty with Octopus Rex tonight at The Badlands, located at 1203 Chicon. They share the bill with The Holy Smokes, Daftolmen and Animal Train. The music kicks off at 10 p.m. Get rowdy. Recommended.
– Photo courtesy of the artist.