Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Bubblegum Octopus- The Album Formerly Known As 8-Legged Dance Moves review
Usually I strive to cover punk from Detroit and Michigan, but occasionally, other genres, different bands, and groups from other cities warrant sufficient notice from me, and deserved attention from readers; this is one such occasion. I’ve never understood why, but along with punk, I tremendously enjoy electric music (Nintendocore, 8-bit, techno, whatever M.S.I.’s genre is called, etc.) and the work of Bubblegum Octopus is one of the highest points (no pun intended for video game lovers) for electronic music yet; though not perfect, it is definitely damn near.
I may as well clear out the potential negativity immediately; the lyrics are irreverent and bizarre to the nth degree (which may be good or bad, depending on who you are) and the lyrics are lacking in the packaging. Though not relevant, I still like to what the lyrics are attempting to communicate. However, these minor shortcomings are far overshadowed by the unique blend of styles of music, with an overtone of electronic punk-y goodness. In at least a few songs, it sounds like Koffin Kats front man Vic Victor is singing portions of the lyrics (in a few parts of the songs sung in…baritone?); strange indeed. Otherwise, the vocals usually alternate between a false falsetto/ high-pitched style and a deep death-metal-growl style. The pace is always changing- it goes anywhere from mid-tempo to powerviolence-beat fast.
On top of all of this, the music is highly inspirational; the factors of how and why remain a mystery to me to this day, but it matters not. The music is undoubtedly some type of an osmosis device, influencing listeners beyond the point of just listening. Personal anecdotes are not relevant to this review, but it is safe to say that this record has influenced me to think differently, act differently, exist differently; barring any of that, this album is the ADHD sufferer’s greatest dream. It’s energetic, fast, continuous, the lyrics aren’t too deep, and every bit of the sound is in a state of constant flux. Do some speed and enjoy.