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The Static Octopus make some something from "Nothing" on their new CD
BY JOEL GEHRINGER / Lincoln Journal Star

When you first hear the new album, “Here Comes Nothing,” by the Static Octopus, you might think a bunch of British rockers fell into a time warp sometime around 1960 and reappeared in Nebraska 45 years later.

It’s an absurd thought, of course, but when listening to the band’s up-beat, feel-good tunes, it seems like a perfectly logical conclusion.

But the Static Octopus didn’t come from across the pond and they’ve never played The Ed Sullivan Show. They’re no strolling-bones, rock-and-roll holdovers from a bygone era, either.

The band’s a hometown group, and it’s fairly new, even if its sound isn’t.

Tonight, the Static Octopus samples its British-Invasion-inspired pop-rock and releases “Here Comes Nothing,” its first full-length album, at Knickerbockers, 901 O St., in a 10 p.m. show with local group Producers of the Word.

While the band might be new to the local scene — it’s only been around since December 2004 — it’s members are not.

Tery Daly, the mastermind behind the project, has been a force in local music for years, playing in the bands Suzy Dreamer and Her Nightmares and the Master 8000 and running the Web site starcityscene.com, Lincoln’s online local music community.

“I’ve always liked this kind of music,” Daly said about his pop-rock compositions. “I’ve always been a big fan of the Beatles, the Hollies and British Invasion stuff. And then there’s the whole stream of music that followed out of that, like Cheap Trick, Apples in Stereo and all the Elephant 6 bands.”

Daly wrote and played every part of “Here Comes Nothing” save percussion, which was done by Jeff Gustafson, the band’s only other founding musician.

“Finding people that are into playing this kind of music is kind of tough right now,” Daly said. “Even though the music is simple in style, playing the individual parts for that music is not.”

But Daly recruited guitarist Dan Hutt and bassist Scott Stanfield to round out the band and fill the gaps when the Static Octopus plays live — or records another album, which could happen in the next few months. In keeping with the tradition of melodic power-pop groups, Daly is certainly prolific.

“We’ve pretty much got half of the songs ready for the next album,” Daly said. “We just have to learn a few more.”

There’s not too many groups playing in the Static Octopus’ style anymore, but the band hopes to raise interest in the sound and peel younger listeners away from the mass-produced bands and songs that constitute today’s pop-rock.

“There was a divergence in what’s now known as power pop,” Daly said. “Younger kids think it’s mall punk. But groups like Cheap Trick, XTC and Marshall Crenshaw. That’s what classic power-pop was.”

And be assured, the Static Octopus is no novelty group. But among local musicians, they offer a rare style, which nowadays is heard more often on reunion tours in big arenas.

Except, seeing the Static Octopus won’t cost $200.

"(The Static Octopus sound) is something that’s not around much anymore,” Daly said. “It’s something people should definitely come out for.”