For Fans Of: The Guru Guru / The Mars Volta / Black Midi / King Gizzard

Performing on the Elephant in the Bar Room stage, sponsored by Waterbear.

My Octopus Mind have developed a wild form of experimental rock using Balkan rhythms mixed with heavy psychedelic post-punk, wonky riffs and moments of haunting grace. All of this is delivered with a subversive approach to songwriting at its heart.

“…as arresting as they are uncompromising” – Louder Than War

“A warped and psychedelic vibe with hints of King Gizzard” – Mystic Sons

Their second album Faulty at Source dropped on 20/11/20. Recorded at Bristol’s Christchurch Studios (known for sessions with PJ Harvey, Butch Vig and Massive Attack), and mastered at Invada Studios. The tracks had been thoroughly workshopped through two DIY European tours and a host of UK gigs. The songwriting expresses disillusionment with capitalism, climate denial and the UK’s inability to take responsibility for its colonial past. Alongside this are thoughts on polyamory, the burden of toxic masculinity, and a general overarching desire to blend into the ground and find peace.

“It’s weird, it’s wonderful” – BBC Introducing In The West

“Full throttle look at the current social and political climate” – Prog

“ungainly and enthralling rock” – Beats Per Minute

What looks deceptively like a jazz trio of double bass, guitar, drums and vocals, quickly reveals itself to be anything but. Izy Ellis’ big hollow Bull Fiddle (known to some as a double bass) growls through his spaceship of noisy effects, underpinning the jagged rampant shimmer of Liam O’Connell’s guitar, which in turn jousts with the frenetic driving drums of Captain ‘I-can’t-sit-still’ Oliver Cocup.

“Their repertoire is unabashedly dramatic, expressing equal parts wilted melancholy, growling anger, and a playful abrasion.” – Live review from Bristol 24/7

“If the Mars Volta owned a combine harvester…” – Random Audience Member