We spoke to Shock Octopus about climate change, new music and how they’ve merged the two

We spoke to Shock Octopus about climate change, new music and how they’ve merged the two

For those who aren’t across your music, how would you describe Shock Octopus in under 40 words?

Existential art rock. Some people sing about love and break-ups, we sing about life, death, existence and catastrophe. We’ve been around for ten years and have aged like a fine wine. Where once we were loud and explosive, these days we are more mellow and contemplative.

Tell us about your new single, ‘No Easy Way Down’. What is the story behind it? What inspired it?

The song is about climate change from the perspective of a polar bear. The Arctic is where global warming is most dramatic – fitting for a dramatic song. What was once king of the Arctic is now just another victim of human ‘progress’.

Why is climate change an important cause to you and why are you using music to voice your concerns?

The band is a motley mix of working environmentalists and Buddhists. Saving the world and impermanence are our shtick and what is more existential than the looming threat of climate change?  Besides, they always tell you to write about what you know…

All sales from the single will be donated to Extinction Rebellion Australia. What is your connection to this foundation?

Michael from the band is pretty active within Extinction Rebellion. We’ve always been a grassroots kind of band, so we really resonate with the grassroots people power that is Extinction Rebellion. 

What’s next for Shock Octopus?

We are currently in the (home) studio, recording for an upcoming album. We are also planning a video or two. We can’t get some of these new songs out of our head, which bodes well.

Shock Octopus’s new single ‘No Easy Way Down’ is out now via Bandcamp. Keep up with gigs and new releases via the band’s Facebook page.