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Marking a milestone: Octopus Project tour focuses on new album, reissue of 2007 release

Josh Lambert isn’t one to take a break.

In fact, he can’t remember the last time he really took a long one.

And it’s fine by him.

“We take a break when we need it,” he says with a laugh. “All of us in the band have the same love for what we do that it’s not work.”

Lambert is a member of the indietronica outfit The Octopus Project.

The Austin, Texas-based band is known for its blend of pop and experimental music. The other members of the band are Toto Miranda, Lauren Gurgiolo and Yvonne Lambert.

The band has been releasing music since 1999. And this year is quite special.

“This tour is based on a couple of things,” he says. “We are re-releasing ‘Hello, Avalanche,’ which was done in 2007. We’re putting together a super-deluxe version of the album. The other part of the tour is in support of our most recent album, ‘Memory Mirror.’ It’s going to be a fun time.”

To get to know Lambert and The Octopus Project is simple.

This is a band that is very DIY.

From its videos to the album artwork, Lambert and crew have a steady hand on what’s created.

In addition to all of that, the quartet recently scored the film “Damsel,” which stars Robert Pattinson and will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

“It’s pretty different from what we do,” Lambert says of scoring the film. “The filmmakers are friends of ours, and we’ve worked with them before. This film is a Western and is quite different from anything we’ve ever done. We decided to go with more of a natural instrumentation. We’re really proud of the score.”

Lambert says taking on projects like “Damsel” helps get the band out of its element.

He says it’s important for the band to push itself.

“The best thing about being part of this band is being able to create something fantastic,” he says. “It’s always a journey to get where you’re going. We make sure to have fun with it all. It’s important to have fun.”

The Octopus Project will perform at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, and Lambert can’t wait to see the art installation.

“We’ve heard so much about it, and the space fits our music so well,” he says. “Visually, it will add to our performance and push it to another level.”


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