When: Thu., July 11 2013
dark, nostalgic pop tunes, 10 p.m.
The move from Myrtle Beach to Raleigh has been a good one for psych-surf boogie band Octopus Jones. Since relocating in last October, they added a new member, began experimenting with songwriting, and they just started recording a new album with Brave Baby’s Ryan “Wolfgang” Zimmerman last week. The producer brought his “mobile recording unit” to the band’s house in Raleigh, and they started laying down the instrumental tracks. “We knew we wanted to work with Wolfy for some time,” Octopus Jones tells us. “He’s our cosmic brother — he speaks the same language.” There’s a darker element to the new material, and now that Octopus Jones has two lead singers, they get to be more creative with their vocal arrangements. “In some of the new material, we’re all singing, which is a first for us,” they say. “Getting out of our comfort zones and into new elements has been a process, and we hope it comes across on the record.” The last time the band was in Charleston, they played a wacky opening set at Brave Baby’s album release show — singer/guitarist Danny Martin has the charisma of a beach party bandleader — so we’re excited to see them again and with a new member. —Susan Cohen THURSDAY