Experimental psych-rockers My Octopus Mind release their second album, Faulty at Source, on Friday, November 20. We ask the trio the BIG questions...
Tell us three things about yourselves?
We're a Bristol-based trio that makes music designed for the interpretive dancing needs of weirdos. Our bassist, Izy, reads the erotic works of Anaïs Nin as bedtime stories to the rest of the band on tour. Our song Hindenburg, which will appear on our upcoming release, is cursed, and has a long tradition of failure and occasional injury whenever we perform it live. The first time we played it with Oli, our drummer, he nearly took out his own eye. When you get the album and put it on, and that song comes up, be on your guard for inexplicable disasters in your surroundings.
How would you describe your music?
Visceral, chaotic, explorative.
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Who are your musical inspirations?
Our fearless leader, Liam (vocals, guitar), cites The Mars Volta, Jeff Buckley, and Radiohead as artists who resonated with him in crafting songs with deep journeys and left-wing turns. Other influences include Esbjörn Svensson Trio, our talented and inspiring peers, and Bill Oddie. Our drummer is very insistent that Bill Oddie is instrumental to our musical development.
How have you been occupying yourselves during the coronavirus lockdown?
Our bassist, Izy, is a full-time, home-to-home careworker, so he spent most of lockdown seeing to the needs of the elderly and keeping himself as safe for their sake as possible. Our fearless leader, Liam, spent it planning the logistics of releasing the singles and videos leading up to the album whilst preparing to go to university to study Classical Bass and Composition. As we got more used to the situation, and dealing with infection control whilst going about life, we used the time to make music videos and the such. We're lucky enough to have access to a rehearsal space where we can socially distance, so we've stayed rehearsing and writing and plotting world domination.
What's your favourite song right now?
For Oli, Said the Shovel by the Osees. Izy's is Workhorse by All Them Witches. Although, in mentioning this, Oli recommended their latest release, so it's now their song 41. Liam is in love with Beast by EERA.
Favourite lyric of all time?
Liam (vocals, guitar): 'Peel all of your layers off, I want to eat your artichoke heart'. (Thom Yorke, Atoms for Peace)
Izy (double bass): 'There ain't no Devil, that's just God when he's drunk'. (Tom Waits, Heart Attack and Vine)
Oli (drums): 'Here I go again on my own.' (Whitesnake, Here I Go Again)
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Liam: Ragas in a Minor Scale - Ravi Shankar + Phillip Glass.
Izy: Ernest Bloch's Solo Cello Suite 1, performed by Emmanuelle Bertrand.
Oli: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, Rainbow.
Where can people find your music/more information?