The Octopus Project is the KUTX Artist of the Month for May. Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX
The Octopus Project’s live shows are often of the sensory-overload variety. The Austin band let loose its geeky A/V club charm at its sold-out album release show last Friday in one of the Bob Bullock Museum’s theaters, utilizing sound effects, rumble seats, and of course, a big-ass movie screen to great effect.
But the Octopus Project also impresses in a (relatively) stripped-down environment. There was no video-assisted sleight-of-hand in our Studio 1A last week, but the band’s whizz-bang electronic rock was more than enough to keep the packed audience entertained. The Project’s sixth album–the Dave Fridmann-assisted Memory Mirror–might be its best, still defiantly weird but also flat-out fun. “Wrong Gong” kicked off the live set with a splash of color, sounding like a comic book come to auditory life. Listen below.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX