Octopus Tree began as a seed germinates in the earth before seeking the sun.
But before that seed was planted, Joe Colomb (drums) and Spencer Church (bass/vocals) found themselves playing in a band that didn’t quite satiate their common yearning for quintessential rock ‘n’ roll. The soil that would grow an Octopus Tree was cultivated when the two began staying after weekly band practices in order to collaborate on new ideas. Tethering themselves to the cornerstone of rock, they explored myriad styles of music with the intention of inspiring movement and synergy among an audience. Invigorated by possibility, Joe and Spencer invited to the group Mark Shriver, a talented keyboard player with an affinity for smooth ambience and electric melodies. Soon after, Jake Padilla was recruited, bringing with him his electric guitar and tendencies of heavy dissonance. The quartet was complete early in the year, but it wasn’t until May of 2015 that Octopus Tree’s roots took hold; the band was naturalized by a collaborative writing session during a spring snowstorm deep in the San Juan Mountains. The group’s labor among the snowcapped pines unearthed a sound that acts as a foundation for what they are becoming. But the sound of Octopus Tree is still being realized; it is ever changing, staying faithful to nothing and no one except the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Bonded by mutual respect and a love for evocative music that permits tension and release, the men that make up Octopus Tree create an experience that challenges the traditional tropes of metal and hard rock, offering a gentleness that invites an audience out of their comfort zones and onto a journey through the ambient waters and ferocious rapids of rock ‘n’ roll.