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Live music review: The Octopus Project's dance party at Spiderhouse

The Octopus Project Red Bull Sound Select show


The live music scene in Austin is as varied as it is brilliant. Amid the Texas music, indie rock, alt-country and folk music that abounds there is a small but talented electro-pop scene led by The Octopus Project. While their latest album, "Fever Forms" (2013) is a great listen, nothing compares to the quartet's live show. The Red Bull Sound Select dance party the band played at Spiderhouse Ballroom last night is a perfect example of how the group merges their experimental pop with an impressive visual element that includes computer mapped video projection images on vertical panels and lights. It is evident that the band continues to refine their visual show rendering each performance different than previous shows.

The Octopus Project Red Bull Sound Select at Spiderhouse Ballroom
The Octopus Project Red Bull Sound Select at Spiderhouse Ballroom
Mandy Reyes
The Octopus Project Sound Select event poster
The Octopus Project

Following a jam-packed Free Week gig at The Mohawk on January 6, The Octopus Project filled Spiderhouse to capacity (350) around 10:30 p.m. according to general manager Eva Mueller. That was a little over two hours before Octopus Project hit the stage. Many fans standing in the huge line that wrapped around the corner never made it inside the club last night. Eventually fans were admitted inside on a one-in, one-out basis. By the time Night Drive finished their set, the line was gone and folks who persisted got in to see the amazing headliner, The Octopus Project.

The event curated by The Good Music Club and emceed by Laurie Gallardo (KUTX) included openers, The Black and White Years and Night Drive. Both bands were suitable stage mates for the headliners but it was evident that fans were there to see The Octopus Project who have no future tour dates currently listed after spending most of last year on tour in the U.S. and Europe.

Several songs from the new album made it into the setlist, including; "The Falls", "Whitby" and "Truck" but the highlight of the show was this song Toto Miranda asked the audience to participate in by clapping and chanting. After leaving the stage, the band was urged back on for encore by an insistent crowd who chanted, "One more song!" repeatedly until Josh Lambert appeared in front of a mic looking pleased and proceeded to lead the band into a rousing "Malaria Codes" for the encore. View the entire setlist below.

Red Bull Sound Select is a program designed to highlight bands in 11 cities across America. Red Bull has committed to producing a monthly event in Austin at various venues. Fans can RSVP and find out about upcoming shows by visiting the Sound Select site and connecting via Facebook.

The Octopus Project setlist:

Pyramid Kosmos

An Evening With Rthrtha
Death Graduates
The Adjustor
Bees Bein' Strugglin'
The Mythical E.L.C.
I Saw the Bright Shinies
The Man With the Golden Hand
The Falls
Ghost Moves
Music is Happiness
Malaria Codes

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