Roadies Delight Records
Info on Pink Octopus
What was originally the pet project of guitarist Jonathan Huffman showcasing his guitar work through layering and effects, Pink Octopus, has grown into a technically relevant, yet socially acceptable rock group on the brink of releasing a much anticipated sophomore album. The success of Pink Octopus can only be attributed to Jonathan’s selective recruitment of diverse talents such as: saxophonist and Detroit native Michael Porenta; bassist and Bellingham enthusiast Luke Wyman; and metal drummer turned groove aficionado Ian McCarley. Their unique differences are responsible for creating a combative energy in this group that is as belligerent as it is cooperative, and in turn earns them the reputation of being one of the most fascinating and unique acts in the Seattle area.
SexBeef and the Pink Octopus
Info on SexBeef
After the demise of LA rock group Curious Primate, Jonathan Huffman and fellow CP bandmate Matthew Swartz decided to go in a new direction. Jon wanted to start a project with strong roots in jazz and funk, the emphasis being on guitar work and layering. Meanwhile, Matt had been passionate about developing a project that was more synth and beat based. The two decided to team up to make their visions a reality. Matt's project became SexBeef a dub fueled progrock experiment, and Jon's ideas became Pink Octopus. Each of them took leadership roles in their projects but were integral in the others project as well. With Jon providing the guitar work for SexBeef, and Matt the vocals and keys for Pink Octopus.
By mid 2010 Pink Octopus had been put on the back-burner while the two focused more heavily on live performances with SexBeef. During this time Jon opened Roadies Delight Records, a full service recording studio and record label. SexBeef and Pink Octopus were the first two bands under the label. By mid 2011 SexBeef had recorded their first EP at Roadies Delight titled Exodus. Pink Octopus spent much of it's early life as a studio project. Most of the songs on the debut EP SexBeef & the Pink Octopus were written at the same time as they were being recorded. The goal was to push the limits of Roadies Delight as a studio and present a very powerful rock album. Curious Primate and bass virtuoso Erik "Banana Man" Smith was enlisted to play bass on much of the album, and Ian McCarley accepted Jon's challenge of drums in the styling of greats such as Billy Cobham.