I first discovered Octagrape opening up for Sebadoh back in 2013. It was one of those increasingly rare times that I go into a show completely blindly to the opening band and ended up being blown away. Now they're back with a new album due next month, and a new song called "Hightropics." It's a perfect introduction to art rock/psych/no wave/noise sound of Octagrape, complete with droning vocals, and tinny, crunching guitars. It's a straightforward song, albeit one that's hiding behind a ton of noise and distortion. Somehow the guitar riff ends up being the catchiest part of the whole shebang.
The new Octagrape album, Aura Obelisk, is due out February 15. You can pre-order it now through Bandcamp. Be sure to listen to "Hightropics" below.