CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. and#8212; Coloradoand#8217;s Octopus Nebula has recently opened up on the scene, impressing audiences far and wide with a new style of music that blends elements of electronic, ambient, downtemps, breakbeat, rock, acid jazz and ethereal grooves.
Originally formed in 2004, the current incarnation coalesced in 2008 and consists of Fleeb Thomas on bass, Robin Bloch on guitar, John Safarik on keys and Dan Raasch on drums. These musicians have come together not only to inspire the dance floor, but also to spread positive vibrations through music.
The rise of Octopus Nebula has been swift and complete, as was evidenced at the first show they ever played together, a sold-out gig at Coloradoand#8217;s famous Mishawaka Amphitheater with musical icons from across the pond, Shpongle and Ott. In addition to these two major names, Octopus Nebula has shared the stage with such heavy-hitters as the Disco Biscuits, Random Rab, Bluetech, Lotus, David Murphy (of STS9), Ana Sia, Eskmo, Boombox, Signal Path, EOTO and RJD2.
Currently laying out the textured psychedelic grooves for its first album, Octopus Nebula shuns the formulaic in favor of a purely original sound, a gamble that has paid off in the long run for this talented quartet. The music refuses to be classified and, as a result, gives the sense that the members of Octopus Nebula are truly breaking new ground.