Q. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Elska”?
A. It seems like a moment from the past now as so much has happened since. It kind of captures a year or two of thought about loving and being loved, what is projected on us, what is expected of us, and how we react… also we really like playing with different versions of 7/8.
Q. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A. I remember the original chord pattern came when we where having a break from mixing the Railway Sleepers (another band Liam and Izy play for) album and Liam picked up the guitar and just found this loop and then Izy ran in, grabbed his bass, bounced off it… at that point we figured it must be a good one.
Q. How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
A. Liam and Josh directed the film and learned so much in the process. We where blessed to work with Kirsty and Harry from Pocket Fluff. They gave so much of their time, it was amazing to see how hard they work and how easy they make it look. We tried to shoot it all in one day without a shot list, but we learned the hard way how important it is to have a detailed shot list ready before the shoot. Five months later with said shot list in hand we re-shot pretty much the whole thing and are really chuffed with the result.
Q. The single comes off your new album Maladyne Cave – what’s the story behind the title?
A. It’s a hybrid of Melodyne (an autotune software, referencing it is our little giggle at our own obsessive attention to detail) and Malady (an illness, could be physical, social, or psychosocial, the psychosocial in particular is a big focus in Liam’s lyrical concepts). The Cave is a long, thin, dark room at Music Ape Studios where we recorded and spent most of our time for two years. The cover is an interpretation (painted by our friend Naomi Larh, check out her work) of a photo of Izy having a tea break next to the only window in that same cave.
Something an etymologist would notice though is that ‘mal’ is bad, ‘dyne’ is power, one is latin, the other greek… so Maladyne Cave is a culturally confused bad power cave. Take from that what you will.
Q. How was the recording and writing process?
A. It has been a long road of automated click tracks, multi track recording, endless editing and manipulating… and then releasing to the winds and saying ’tis what it is.
Q. What role does Bristol play in your music?
A. It is the place that has drawn us together. It has a beautiful eclectic music community, and it’s not so big you get lost yet not so small as to get stagnant.
Q. What aspect of human nature did you get to explore on this record?
A. Our need to control and manipulate in the context of love, war, politics, and religion is a pretty central theme lyrically. We’re loving people but there’s a lot of cynicism on this record. It calls out possessiveness in love, intoxication in faith, hubris in progress and expansion etc.; Liam likes to dredge up the little shames and lies underpinning most of the things we say that we’re proudest of. It’s a bitter pill, but one we hope heals rather than hurts.
Q. Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
A. Traveling and long walks, but most of the lyrics remained in an improvised state for at least a year, or in some cases five, just letting the words come out as a collection of syllables. When it came time to record, we sorted through multiple recordings of different lyrics, and edited them until a meaning revealed itself organically.
Q. Any plans to hit the road?
A. We Have an epic album launch planned for the 10th July at the Louisiana in Bristol with our favourite band The Evil Usses. We have a couple of festivals planned but our next big mission is touring France and Belgium at the end of November.
Q. What else is happening next in My Octopus Mind’s world?
A. We have begun work on our next album and we are aiming to go into pre production at the beginning of December. We’ve also been commissioned to score a short animation. It’s all go and joy. All hail The Great Cephalopod Consciousness.