The Octopus Project release single, tour for Hexadecagon

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octopus project performs hexadecagon at this year's SXSW

In support of the release of their new LP, Hexadecagon on October 26, The Octopus Project is taking to the road with their labelmates, Starfucker across the U.S. of A. (and that other country where books cost $5 more).

The band performed Hexadecagon in its entirety twice at this year's SXSW, using a homemade 8-channel surround sound system and 8 video projections featuring film shot by Austin digital artist Wiley Wiggins. It was an ambitious, just-weird-enough-to-work concept and accordingly was well received by all the free beer-swilling taco gremlins in Austin.

And though Hexadecagon obviously won't have its video accompaniment, its first single, “Fugefat”, sounds like Steve Reich having a Nerf gun fight with Battles. Algorithmic but not bloodless, with focused piano licks layered over a methodic back beat. It's just one piece out of the 8 song suite but so far so good.

The Octopus Project, “Fugefat”

The Octopus Project / Starfucker North American Tour Dates


29 Wed, Little Rock, Arkansas, Juanita's
30 Thu, Shreveport, Louisiana, The Collective


01 Fri, Birmingham, Alabama, The Bottletree
02 Sat, Atlanta, Georgia, Drunken Unicorn
04 Mon Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Light
05 Tue, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Local 506
06 Wed, Washington, D.C., DC9
07 Thu, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kung Fu Necktie
08 Fri, Brooklyn, New York, Music Hall of Williamsburg
09 Sat, New Haven, Connecticut, Cafe 9 w. We Are Scientists, Rewards
10 Sun, Cambridge, Massachusetts, TT the Bears
11 Mon, Montreal, Quebec, Casa Del Popolo
12 Tue, Toronto, Ontario, Wrongbar
13 Wed, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Garfield Artworks
14 Thu, Cleveland, Ohio, Grog Shop
15 Fri, Chicago, Illinois, The Bottom Lounge
16 Sat, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Triple Rock Social Club
19 Tue, Seattle, Washington, Neumo's
20 Wed, Portland, Oregon, Roseland Theater
22 Fri, San Francisco, California, Great American Music Hall
23 Sat, Los Angeles, California, Echoplex
24 Sun, San Diego, California, The Casbah
25 Mon, Tuscon, Arizona, Plush
29 Fri, Ashville, North Carolina, Moogfest w/o Starfucker