Bubblegum Octopus: A Name That Sticks

UPDATE (2:41 p.m.): The show has been moved to Houston House of Creeps, 2710 Carrolton, and Cop Warmth and Saviour Group have been added to the bill.

Mark Morden, the sole member of Bubblegum Octopus, describes the project as, "Bubblegum Octopus is a frantic, progressive hybrid of bouncy, cutesy pico-pico and synth-pop, grinding and noise freakouts, punk, video game influenced electronics, touches of dance music, and IDM/breakcore style percussion mutilation."

Rocks Off describes the project as "two Ataris tag-teaming Lene Lovich while the Cookie Monster skypes it."

Regardless, we're instantly drawn to any band who uses the word "other" to genrecize themselves, and we are disappointed by the semi-Residents vibe we get from Morden's music. It's not comfortable, but neither is any truly exciting ride.

That name, though... Bubblegum Octopus? What the hell does that mean?

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