Monday, July 28, 2008

The Octopus Project prepares to launch West Coast tour kicking off at Lollapalooza, video for “Truck” racks up nearly 400,000 YouTube plays

“From gentle vibes and heavenly Theremin choirs to jaunty basslines and electro-static glitch-grooves to a wailing din of dying guitars and break-neck percussion, Hello, Avalanche is indeed a welcome disaster, an enchanting sonic cataclysm.” – Rolling Stone

“The lovely Theremin lead... suggests that technology just might save us after all.” – Pitchfork

“The result is a combination of electronic and analog acoustic elements that, on paper, should go together as well as a Daft Punk/Godspeed You! Black Emperor cocktail. Sequenced beats stutter alongside pounding drums.” – Magnet

“...surprisingly irresistible.” – Nylon

The seemingly never ending tour in support of the 2007 release of Austin-based The Octopus Project’s third album Hello, Avalanche is about to kick into gear again. Starting this coming weekend with an appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago, the band will embark on a month-long west coast tour before returning home for a date at the Austin City Limits festival. See below for complete dates.

Being named one of David Fricke’s picks in Rolling Stone, gracing the covers of others such as Resonance along with the band’s hit tune “Music Is Happiness” appearing over the climactic plot wrap-up scene in the Sony Pictures blackjack flick 21, it’s no wonder that The Octopus Project has amassed a loyal following of devoted fans. and YouTube both recently featured the band’s video for the Hello, Avalanche track “Truck” which has now amassed close to 400,000 YouTube plays (LINK). The group’s loyal fans have responded with nearly a dozen fan-created videos that have begun to populate the site. See some favorites via the links below:

The Octopus Project Fan Videos:
“I Saw The Bright Shinies” (LINK)
“Moon Boil” (LINK)
“Queen” (LINK)
“Malaria Codes” (LINK)
“Wet Gold” (LINK)
“Truck” (LINK)
“Helium Tea (with Black Moth Super Rainbow) (LINK)
“Copying Soup Onto Sexy Birdy” (with Black Moth Super Rainbow) (LINK)
“Black Blizzard Red Umbrella” (LINK)

More official videos for tracks from Hello, Avalanche are set to premiere during the band’s upcoming tour including one for fan favorite “An Evening with Rthrtha.” The music video will be the second collaboration between Brooklyn artist Phillip Niemeyer (Double Triple) and San Francisco-based media artist Ryan Junell following their hand-animated stop-motion video for Spoon’s “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb” (LINK).

Catching on to the ever growing Octopus Project phenomena is UK-based label Too Pure (Stereolab, Electrelane, Seefeel, Scout Niblett). The label recently released an Octopus Project 7-inch as part of the label’s new “Singles Club” featuring two new songs “Wet Gold” and “Moon Boil,” recorded by the band and mastered at Abbey Road in London. The band describes the A-side as “a lovely jaunt through an arpeggiated land of goodness,” and the B-side as “the most ‘total rock’ song we’ve ever done.” 500 copies were released via subscription to the “Too Pure Singles Club.” Non-subscribers, fret not. The songs will soon be available for download on iTunes.

With ragged, furious distorted guitars at one end of the spectrum and the pure, luminescent tones of the Theremin at the other, the members of The Octopus Project mine a staggering variety of sounds in between (via strings, synthesizers, drums, glockenspiel, trombones, etc.), filling their songs with brilliant contrasting colors and cascading waves of sonic bliss. Although Josh Lambert, Yvonne Lambert, Ryan Figg and Toto Miranda each have their instrumental specialties, they spread ideas out on as many instruments as possible, each writing for and performing on any sound-maker they can find.

Recent press for The Octopus Project includes coverage in: Black Book, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Brooklyn Vegan, Chicago Sun Times, CMJ, Down Beat, Entertainment Weekly, Flagpole, Flavorpill, Fuel TV, Harp, Magnet, Mass Appeal, Modern Drummer, Music for Robots, New York Magazine, New York Times, Nylon, The Onion, Pitchfork, Pollstar, ReadyMade, Resonance, Rolling Stone, Skyscraper, Soundcheck, Spin, Stereogum, The Stranger, Under The Radar, URB, Venus, Village Voice, Wired, XLR8R and many more.

Hello, Avalanche Tracklisting:
Stream The Album HERE
Release Date: October 16th, 2007

01. Snow Tip Cap Mountain
02. Truck (MP3)
03. Bees Bein’ Strugglin’ (MP3)
04. An Evening With Rthrtha (MP3)
05. Black Blizzard/Red Umbrella
06. Upmann
07. Mmaj
08. I Saw The Bright Shinies (MP3)
09. Ghost Moves
10. Vanishing Lessons
11. Exploding Snowhorse
12. Loud Murmuring
13. Queen

The Octopus Project Live:
* w/ Diagonals
08/02 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
08/03 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/04 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
08/05 Norman, OK @ Opolis
08/06 Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Station
08/11 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room*
08/12 Tucson, AZ @ Congress Theater*
08/13 San Diego, CA @ The Cashbash*
08/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory*
08/15 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door*
08/16 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill*
08/18 Portland, OR @ Satyricon*
08/19 Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge*
08/20 Vancouver, BC @ Richard’s
08/22 Edmonton, AL @ Velvet Lounge
08/23 Calgary, AL @ Hi Fi
08/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
08/26 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
08/28 Dallas, TX @ Lola’s*
08/29 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live*
09/28 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

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