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Bubblegum Octopus: 8-Legged Interview

March 21, 2010

So where do I start with an artist like Bubblegum Octopus? I could talk about how his frantic schizophrenic style of music fuses styles (or more like welds them together against their will). Or maybe a tangent on how a generation of Americans who have grown up influenced by the steady importation of Japanese pop culture have started to create their own art celebrating the influence. Hmm, but that would put too much emphasis on that part of Bubblegum Octopus when there is really much more going on underneath his curly mop of hair. What if I begin the post with open ended questions meant to delay the real start of the article? No, that would be cheap and dumb. Oh well.

I’ve been meaning to post this up for a while now but a combination of laziness and distractions (Damn you, Satoshi Tajiri and your addictive games) got in the way. Eight badges later I can finally let you guys in on another part of the expansion of As Seen On Radio. I got the opportunity to talk with Matt Morden about his Bubblegum Octopus project and with camera-in-hand (though sometimes it was on a tripod) I can now share the resulting interview:

My first exposure to Bubblegum Octopus’ music was at a free show where I found myself very interested in what he was doing. It’s hard to pin down exactly what to call it which may or may not be a good thing. His album, The Album Formerly Known as 8-Legged Dance Moves(which can be bought from Bubblegum Octopus’ online store), has a strangely cohesive sound to it that only makes itself apparent when you compare it to collections of his other songs such as his split with Yatagarasu, Take Control (which is unfortunately not available online anymore). As strange as it might read, the cohesiveness comes from the type of juxtaposition used throughout the album. Falsetto vocals give way to growls and grunts over start-stop rhythms in entertainingly absurd ways. The same happens on Take Control only it seems tempered (but not watered down) by more attention to song structure and lyrical focus. Both are great listens if you can get a hold of them (legally that is). Or if you already own them, Matt has said he’s working on his next full-length album which after hearing an excerpt from, I am looking forward to.
If you want to listen to more of Bubblegum Octopus visit his MySpace page.

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