Doctopus put out a brand of music not too unlike fellow scorched-rock purists Wireheads and Bad//Dreems – the key differences being the rapid pace of their songs and the rancour-drenched howls of lead vocalist Stephen Bellair; each creating a point of difference for their personal brand of squall.
Rock and Roll Juice is a rather innocent collection, silently setting itself firmly in the midst of contemporary Australian twang. While looking at life at ground level, Ciggie Witch revel in up-front recollections and revelations about not fitting in, wasting time, making hard decisions and not being satisfied with the results.
This is music that relies heavily on its fans buying into the bullshit. These songs connect with young kids because they think it’s cool at the time, but then get over it. This is music by a not-so-young kid that never got over it.
Kitchen recording sessions, acoustic instruments, introspective lyrics – it all makes sense. If you can get over the rustic and ‘downer’ aspects of these songs there is a lot of appreciate.