Octopus Jones

Octopus Jones

Octopus Jones has experimented with psych-surf boogie since their
inception. Octopus Jones consists of Danny Martin (vocals, guitar), Tyler Morris (guitar, vocals, synth), Clay Carlisle (bass), and Darrin Cripe (drums). Their first EP 'Treat Yourself' is a good definition of their sound, but since the release of it they have matured and refined their music.

Now hailing from Raleigh NC, Octopus Jones is working on their first full length album with producer Wolfgang Zimmerman. The new album is intertwined with influences of new wave, jazz, and afro-funk music. The songs on the record are diverse with a consistent interest in rhythm and sound texture. They are currently doing a run of shows up the Midwest and back in anticipation of their new album to be released Fall 2013.

Nuclear Honey

Prior to forming Nuclear Honey, Reaves Greer and Gray Henderson played in Raleigh, NC based bands. After each band came to an end, both artists decided to take a natural approach to music, where they would be managing the instruments in which their songwriting takes place. Having written a number of new songs from their previous bands, the two leisurely recorded four songs with longtime friend Dave Bartholomew in the front office of his family’s tombstone engraving business and were released in 2012 entitled appropriately as, “Tombstone Sessions.”

Disappearing Cowboy

After selling a song to Warner Brothers as members of a five piece band, Stephen Baker and John Erik King began writing and playing music in a different manner.

They were very interested in stripping music down to its raw elements, and using technology to solve problems versus simply adding more and more layers because the technology exists.

To this end, they decided to have one instrumentalist and this job went to John Erik. Stephen put the guitar down and focused on lyrics and singing.

John Erik designed and built a guitar that he uses to play guitar, bass and synth at the same time. He then set his sights on building drums he could program, but that would retain the organic sound of wood hitting a real drum head.

After months, what emerged was a two member band with Stephen Baker as the front man and John Erik King providing all the instrumentation, with the exception of a real mechanical drum set that he programs and controls.

Using minimalist organic technology (MOT), Disappearing Cowboy has just released their first album, Revolute.

What is MOT? Technology often takes the human being out of the equation. Why should it? Humans are creative machines. What is missing in technology is this human, or emotional, element and that is where organic comes into the equation. How we play or create is as important as the music itself if it is to live and breathe.

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