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Bristol Psych-Rock Act, My Octopus Mind released their third studio album 'Trying To Be Normal' on 3rd November 2023 via Drongo Records.

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The album comprises of short, sweet, hard hitting rock bangers, some slightly longer, condensed slabs of prog and post punk, with a cheeky ballad thrown in for good measure featuring vocals from Sang Froid’s Aisling Whiting.

“I came up with the title after a tongue in cheek discussion about making the structures of our songs a bit more approachable. Three or four minute bangers sort of thing. We maybe managed two. Things got out of hand, but the title is still true. We tried”, jokes drummer Oli Cocup.

Lyrically Trying To Be Normal deals with a lot of heavy subjects; heartbreak, the male identity fusing itself with FEM and rage at rape culture. It’s not without its lighter moments though with nonsensical roleplay as gamblers (High Rollers), thugs (Sabretooth Monkey) and completely inaccurate celebrity critique (Minor Celebrities).

With first glimpses of the new record already being championed by the likes of Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, Total Rock, RTE, Noizze, The Most Radicalist and BBC Radio Bristol, Trying To Be Normal is turning heads with a sexy swagger and awkward disrespect for the norms of rock, made by a group of neurodiverse musicians incapable of behaving normally.

Ahead of the release of the album comes its third single Sabretooth Monkey, on September 27th, a song so lyrically bizarre, no synopsis could do it justice.

Discussing the chaos of the track the band very seriously explain: “This is a serious song and it needs to be taken seriously. The demystification of art by explaining the art will now be explained by the art. We think you the listener should befriend a llama, buy a motorbike and take to the open road, drink diesel for breakfast, and headbutt a seagull. I'm a Sabretooth Monkay baby now get your hands off my stash. Also the bassline is fire and the guitar solo is some classic atonal chaos through the Cherry Box fuzz by Lollygagger. shout out to that wizard.”

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