Bristol-based experimental psych-rock band My Octopus Mind are releasing their second studio album Faulty At Source on 20th November. Recorded with Jake Bright at Bristol’s Christchurch Studios and mastered at Invada Studios with James Trevascus, Faulty At Source takes a full throttle look at the current political and social climate in the UK. The song-writing expresses disillusionment with capitalism, climate denial and the UK’s inability to take responsibility for its colonial past. The album also touches on the topics of polyamory and the burden of toxic masculinity. The band spoke with The Fountain about the album as well as some of the venues they are looking forward to playing live again.
TF: You have a new album out, what can we expect from Faulty at Source?
Passion, noise, great shakes, a terror sandwich and a shlunky sludgefest are all things we believe you can expect from our new album. Whatever any of that means to you, the album will be that. It captures our live energy at its best, plus a little extra craft you can only do with production.
TF: How would you sum up the LP in one sentence?
By Jove, they’ve got it!
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
Well, we haven’t got that much time left in the year and in times like these, plans are weird. We know a fair few bands who had an album ready to put out this year and are waiting out the pandemic before releasing so they can put a proper tour behind it. We’ve used the situation this year to write and make videos, but the whole arts and entertainment industry is going through a storm right now. The last few months venues have started to venture doing gigs with Covid safety measures, but until they happen they could be cancelled at any point if that area goes into a lockdown. Our last one was booked well in advance but the 10pm curfew came into place shortly before the day, with updates to the rules affecting the load in and set times on the day, for example. Weird year.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Our next gig is at the Trinity Centre on the 20th Nov, depending on how the venue is navigating Covid at the time… but as to our favourite venue… we love the Magic Garden in Battersea. It’s got a lovely vibe in there. Brighton’s Hope and Ruin is somewhere we hope to return to, the crew and the crowd were really welcoming when we were last there. And in our hometown Bristol, we haven’t gigged there in a while but we love the Old England in Montpelier, they’re always cool to put on heavy, weird music. It’s a small venue, more than a little crusty, but if you like weird music and you make weird music, it’s there for you. The value of having that in a scene is huge. But there’s loads in Bristol we love, The Louisiana, The Lanes, The Crofters Rights, to name but a few.
Faulty at Source is out soon, on 20th November