Recorded & mixed & mastered by Neill McCartney at Pretty Circus Studios, Belfast.
released 16 February 2012
Rory Dee - Vocals, Guitars, Drums.
Pearse McClelland - Vocals, Bass.
>All tracks written and performed by Chocolate Love Factory.
© Rodee-Opus Recordings 2012.
Samples in track 1: Bill Hicks Positive LSD Story (Relentless),
Bjork 'Hunter' (Album: Homogenic).
>Thanks - Neill for taking the time out to record us and making it sound great! Decky for advice and everything you've done for us over the past while. Leckey for letting us use your amp and pedals and letting us stroke his hair. Chappy for the inspiration. Nuala for a place to stay, food and everything else! Friends and family for their continued support. All the bands around us who continue to inspire us. Bill Hicks. And YOU for listening.
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David Roy, Irish News:
"Opening track Octavia is a thumping power grunge howler...
Scarlett Blues finds them coming down in more reflective form, with woozy bluesy psyche rock stomp that channels latter day Queens of the Stone Age, Comets on Fire (in their less frenzied moments), Crystal Antlers and er, the Eagles. Life In The Fast Lane and all that...
...final number Herbal Sham is a progtastic spin-out offering soaring, cooing vocals, chiming guitars and hypnotic bass, plus a fast-paced tangential rock-out that leads into the belated arrival of a catchy chorus around the four minute mark.
As you can probably tell Chocolate Love Factory don't just offer three-and-a-half chords, distortion and a lot of shouting (unlike some of my other favourite bands). They're into creating moods as well as moshing, so if you like your riffs served with a shimmering side of weird, add them to your playlist post haste."
Brian Coney, AU Magazine:
"Despite releasing a couple of first-rate EPs over the last couple of years, Octavia marks a definite musical progression and a tangible statement of intent from Belfast-based three-piece Chocolate Love Factory. Whether you look to the low-end groove of ‘Scarlett Blues’, the rampant throwdown that is ‘Ticks’ or the riff-ravaged highlight that is ‘Octavia’, frontman Rory Dee’s furious vocals take centre-stage time and again, each scream an ear-splitting reminder of this band’s hardened force. Disregarding what you might make of their name, these five tracks reveal Chocolate Love Factory to be one of this small country’s best in riff-fuelled rock."