It’s been a while since The Octopus Project released 2007’s excellent Hello Avalanche. Exciting news for anyone keeping up with the band though, because this week they announced through the Peek-a-Boo Records newsletter lots of information about their upcoming album Hexadecagon.Coming off two successful performances at SXSW where the band literally surrounded the audience with speakers and projections, they set to commit the performance to record.
Buzzing from the performances, the band spent the next two months putting the songs to tape in their home studio, then mixed 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).
What they have come up with is their new record Hexadecagon, on three sides of a 2xLP package. The fourth side contains bonus tracks that have been cut into the wax in what they call “interlocked, spiraling ‘roulette grooves.'” Cool eh? And that isn’t all, it will come with a home-made zoetrope that the listener can build, place on top of the record, and insert strips (one for every song) to play out animations while you listen to the record. How wicked is that?
On top of it all, they’re taking off on a major tour to support the new record which comes out through Peek-A-Boo Records on CD, 2xLP and digital formats on October 26, 2010. For more information you can visit the official website for the record here.
Date / Day / City / Venue Support & Details
09/29 Wed Little Rock, AR Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom Starfücker (all ages)
09/30 Thu Shreveport, LA The Collective Starfücker (all ages)
10/01 Fri Birmingham, AL The Bottle Tree Starfücker (18+)
10/02 Sat Atlanta, GA The Drunken Unicorn Starfücker, Spectralux (18+)
10/04 Mon Knoxville, TN The Pilot Light Starfücker (18+)
10/05 Tue Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 Starfücker (all ages)
10/06 Wed Washington, DC DC9 Starfücker (18+)
10/07 Thu Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie Starfücker (21+)
10/08 Fri Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg Starfücker (18+)
10/09 Sat Milford, CT Daniel Street We Are Scientists (21+)
10/10 Sun Cambridge, MA TT the Bears Starfücker (21+)
10/11 Mon Montreal, QC Casa Del Popolo Starfücker (18+)
10/12 Tue Toronto, ON Wrongbar Starfücker (19+)
10/13 Wed Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Artworks Starfücker (all ages)
10/14 Thu Cleveland, OH Grog Shop Starfücker (all ages)
10/15 Fri Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge Starfücker (18+)
10/16 Sat Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club Starfücker (18+)
10/19 Tue Seattle, WA Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room Starfücker (all ages)
10/20 Wed Portland, OR Roseland Theater Starfücker, Super XX Man (all ages)
10/22 Fri San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall Starfücker (all ages)
10/23 Sat Los Angeles, CA The Echo Starfücker (18+)
10/24 Sun San Diego, CA The Casbah Starfücker (21+)
10/25 Mon Tucson, AZ Plush Starfücker (21+)
10/29 Fri Asheville, NC MoogFest Devo, Panda Bear, Van Dyke Parks, Clare & The Reasons, more
11/04 Thu Austin, TX Waterloo Records (in-store)
11/13 Sat Mexico City, Mexico Parque Alameda Poniente