Octopus Project @ Warehouse Live
Editors note: I want to welcome a new Houston-based writer to the fold, one I’m quite excited to have working with us here on BOT. Brett “Biscuit” Forsberg will hopefully be attempting several show reviews in the future, so keep your eyes peeled for his fluffy, buttery goodness.
The closer you can get to Octopus Project the better. Last night at Warehouse Live, and on their much smaller side stage, nowhere was too far away. Ryan, Josh, and Toto were clad in their usual white shirts and black ties, and Yvonne, the theremin and glockenspiel girl, looked fantastic as ever performing for her hometown. The ticket booth sold out after I purchased my ticket, but luckily there was no crushing pressure of some mainstream shows I have seen at Warehouse Live’s main stage. Read all about the show after the jump.
Toto Miranda’s drum work conducted the show, and after splitting the crowd into a jump-clapping instrument for “Bees Bein’ Strugglin’,” he swore that Houston had out-done a San Antonio from one night before. The band’s high-intensity output had the crowd dancing into itself, stopping only to gawk each time Yvonne Lambert commanded the Theremin like a maestro.
The set was impeccable, too, sprinkling newer songs from their 09’ EP Golden Beds between the mainstays of their previous albums. Octopus Project’s projected video backdrop began with pictures of empty school desks and the average grocery store aisle, and then patterns indicative of Old Glory. Their music was fed to us under orange house lights, and the instrumental tunes left the message open to interpretation, but amongst a younger and impressionable audience, playing indie music, the sounds and images made a strong statement about musical originality. This was genuine talent, and since last seen at Summerfest 09’, Octopus Project has lost nothing of their musical prowess and gained a stage confidence that gripped everyone and left them completely satisfied.