Octopus Rex
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Octopus Rex

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Punk




"Finally, A Good Band from Austin, He Said She Said, Last Summer"

Octopus Rex
Last Summer (Missouri Pacific)
7 & 7 Is

Detroit-loving garage rock (Stooges/MC5) spines the Southern California bromance bassline of opener "Last Summer," its surf-inflected mosh with ambience perfect for a Texan June just up ahead. B-side opener "Party at the Graveyard" bounces straight Ramones (Groovie Ghoulies?), while "Russian Roulette" again sprinkles Chili Peppers on an aggro/stoner brawn more akin to Queens of the Stone Age. This power trio's three-song spin signals Summer all right. Pass me some beach, Rex. - The Austin Chronicle (reviewed by Raoul Hernandez)

"Austin Music Minute: Rex Ripped"

In 2012, before Octopus Rex was even a band, vocalist/guitarist Travis McGuire and drummer Sean Rainey teamed up to make a demo for a conceptual “gaudy punk-metal project.” That, alone, sounded damned fun, but McGuire and Rainey knew they were onto something when quite a few of the tracks they were working on quickly started to take shape. It was all a matter of exploring their sound more and taking their ideas to Top List Studios to bring them to life. They were even able to independently release three new songs on vinyl after a successful Kickstarter program. They had something totally wicked and devious on their hands. The newly named Octopus Rex officially unleashed its tentacles.

The self-described party-punk/psych-metal/horror rockers utilize all the speed and attitude of punk meshed with fierce classic metal and rock riffs. On top of that, there’s a mad love for imagery taken directly from their favorite horror films, among other fantastical, not-necessarily-safe-for-work inspirations. But that’s rock ‘n’ roll.

Time to get down and dirty with Octopus Rex tonight at The Badlands, located at 1203 Chicon. They share the bill with The Holy Smokes, Daftolmen and Animal Train. The music kicks off at 10 p.m. Get rowdy. Recommended. - KUTX 98.9

"Octopus Rex Total Destruction (Missouri Pacific)"

On the follow-up to 2012's Last Summer 7-inch, Travis McGuire and company amplify their preposterous power-punk in showcasing furious musicianship on minute-long roller coaster "Let's Get Ripped" and toying with tempos to re-create the sound of an atomic bomb on the title track. Imagine Canadian noise trio Metz harnessing silliness instead of nervy aggression. They'll never be Austin's most famous octo act, but Octopus Rex always sound like they're having a blast. - Austin Chronicle

"Top 13 (of the Week)"

“Last summer was miserable, and it really needs its own theme song, something that reeks of charred mobile homes, piss-soaked jeans, and gravel-pocked roadrash. And guess what? Now we’ve got one. Texan party-enders Octopus Rex have laid down the gauntlet with their sneering Last Summer 7inch. Gutpunching bikerpunk riffs and werewolf howls and everything bursting into flames. Heavy!” - Ken - Advanced Demonology

"(facebook promo)"

"everybody's favorite lovable unholy terrors... holy crap, they're insane." - Laurie Gallardo (of KUT) - Facebook


2013 Last Summer - 7" triple-single

2014 Black Friday - online single (itunes, spotify ect)

2015 Total Destruction - cd/ep



OCTOPUS REX is a horror-punk / bloodwave band from Austin Texas with metal, classic rock an pop music influences.

Formed in the spring of 2012, OCTOPUS REX began preparing for end-times by blasting live noise and diving into the studio. The result was their debut 7" 'LAST SUMMER' appearing in early 2013.  Loud drums, low bass, fuzzy guitar and songs about horror movies and crass post-modern life that will kill you... bring you back to life... and make you fall in love!

2014 brought a digital single BLACK FRIDAY--a surprisingly delicious cover of a Steely Dan Song.  Now, with their wild new ep 'TOTAL DESTRUCTION' (2015) turning heads, Octopus Rex is making waves locally and preparing a regional tour.   

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