Editor’s Note: This past spring, The Octopus released their full-length record entitled “Supernatural Alliance”, which was a fun listen for fans of multiple genres of rock including NWOBHM, blues rock, with touches of fuzz rock and some psychedelic elements thrown into the melting pot. There were two things that immediately impressed on me with this band, the wide range vocals and the amazing guitar playing. In this, J Frezzato speaks with Madness To Creation about the album along with a few extra nuggets thrown in there. Fans can find The Octopus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Octopus888official
Frezzato: The funny thing is, Octopus has been on my mind since I started playing guitar. I was making Octopus demos when they asked me to join Electric Six, which was originally called The Wildbunch. E6 was a particular animal with its own agenda, completely different, but I got it and I was kinda flattered that somebody else wanted me to help them. But somebody else was writing the songs. I only wrote one tune there, so I wasn’t gonna be like, okay, now I’m gonna force my agenda onto this somebody else’s thing. I figured, I’ve got my thing and I can do that, but now I’m over here and I’m gonna do this other thing. I took it real seriously to serve that agenda as well as I could.
Long story short, my approach to Octopus hasn’t changed at all. I’ve always had a clear idea what it is, and you just stay true to the idea and let it happen. Octopus is what happens when you stick me in a room with a guitar. It always has been. It was never really gonna be a band, but then I met Masha, and it was, like, wait a minute. Maybe this is supposed to be more than just me making demos.
Frezzato: What, like a concept album or something? No conscious concept. We like to be surprised. You get some ideas and then other ideas come to it. You keep what feels right, and you try to be ruthless about that. You fight to serve the original idea, and you keep going until it feels complete. I mean, that’s it. Later on, maybe you go, Holy shit, this album is about this thing, or whatever. Or other people do. I have my own read on the record and what it’s about, but it’s my fucking read. It might not be yours. It’s a record. It’s not an essay. Your read is your read on it. You tell me what it’s about.