For Fans Of: A Day Remember / Chunk! No Captain Chunk! / Neck Deep
Self-professed emo boys and girls, Octopus Montage, are creating absolute chaos by merging two very different genres. Their discography thus far switches between bouncy pop punk and pretty turbulent metalcore tracks and whilst you might feel like you’re listening to different bands at times, they’re creating real diversity and when they seamlessly blend the two genres together, they really shine. We chat to the Blackpool band about goosebump moments, honorary band members and take a look at their inspiration playlist (this is where it all makes sense).
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Let’s pretend you’re setting up a dating profile here – tell us about the band.
Hey guys, Alex here – dating definitely isn’t my strong point, hahaha.
Okay let’s give this a go…
4 members, tallest one is the most attractive 😉
Pop punk/Metalcore – Emo boys and girls with harmonies and screams.
Call us Octopus because I see us making a montage together in our future.
What’s the coolest thing a fan’s ever done for you?
Not gonna lie, every time we get a merch order I think that is the coolest thing ever! We’ve had orders from all over the world and it blows my mind every single time. I get a notification on my phone every time it happens and it always brightens up my day.
“Octopus Montage have successfully fused pop punk and metalcore to create their distinctive sound.”
Metal Mayhem Radio
If you could pick one artist as an honorary band member, who would it be?
Oh my God what a question! Hmmm, I mean it would put me and Dec out of a job, but I think I’m gonna have to say Chester Bennington and I don’t think I even need to explain that one. (Rest in Peace)
Do you remember your first music-related goosebumps moment? Can you share it with us?
Hmmm, I think the thing that really stands out for me is the day I went to see Thunder for the second time with my family. My dad had recently been discharged from the cancer unit and the band played a song called ‘Resurrection Day.’ Effectively the song covers their guitar player’s experience with cancer treatment and it obviously resonated with my dad. Seeing tears run down his face when they played that song was definitely a moment I won’t forget and, although somewhat of a sad moment, it was also quite heartwarming. It’s still a bit of a tough one to think about all these years later and I don’t think there are any words to explain to my dad how lost me and my mum would have been without him. But yeah, that moment definitely sticks out to me.
You recently released ‘Dopamine’. Who did you work with and what was it like in the studio?
Andrew Wade mixed it along with Dec. It was a super cool experience and he was super reliable, easy to work with and got amazing results. It was a dream to work with him man, he’s worked with some of the bands I look up to and it blows my mind that he worked with us.
Other than that we did the rest of it ourselves, recording from home and that kind of thing. It’s a fairly closed circle process but yeah, i’d like to think it worked super well!
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world)… is a hotdog a sandwich?
Hmm, I mean in essence it is a sandwich like it fits the parameters for a sandwich but I can’t bring myself to say it’s a sandwich. That makes me feel ill.
Rising to the challenge, Octopus Montage have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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