Combining live footage from Shock Octopus’ national tour of Australia in 2014 and the visual storytelling of Japan-based cinematographer David Blair, “Siren” is the ageless tale of desire, attachment, pining and woe! Taken from the groups’ first LP A Crisis! this music video has been rendered in black and white utilising free licence footage from pre-colour film reels. The lyrical musings of chief lyricist Michael Bayliss are brought to life via an interpretive visual ‘dialogue’ while the thumping rhythm section led by Scott Andrews drives the songs original, studio recording.
Although sounding like Kraken’s return, with many-tentacled melodies and bioelectric screams, Shock Octopus is actually the social commentary of sincere men embedded in a sea of psychedelia.
Shock Octopus formed in 2010 in Perth, Western Australia and has since been described as ‘Nirvana meets the Rocky Horror Picture Show.’
In 2011, the group released their debut single ‘Safe Room’ as a free digital download and began to attract strong gig offers with Sin City (VIC), Heytesburg (EP Launch), Fait Accompli (NSW) and a headline performance with The Monster Society of Evil (S.A.) in Adelaide.
2012 found their debut E.P. warmly received by local audiences, radio and street press alike:
“Shock Octopus have always chased their own style, and here they’ve found it: an enjoyably idiosyncratic mix of OK Go-style pop-rock, brainy time signatures and plenty of Devo. This EP finds them with a sonic identity of their own; early afternoon festival-friendly rock imbued with absurd lyricism. This EP is full of addictive pop songs that locate the sweet spot between jokey silliness and some kind of soul. With strong playing and fantastic writing, this release bodes very well for an album.”
(Drum Media: E.P. review, April 2012)
2014 saw the groups’ debut LP and national tour a resounding success with performances across three states of Australia. Strong community radio, online magazine and fan-based support has helped to drive the band into a creatively diverse future. Currently threading together a string of exciting new releases and the plotting of yet another rigorous touring schedule, Shock Octopus is alive….it’s ALIVE!!!