Album review: BULLETS AND OCTANE – Waking Up Dead


Cargo Records [Release date 16.08.18]

If you have never heard the band Bullets and Octane before, you will undoubtedly be sold within the first two tracks on new album “Waking Up Dead”. Pretty much picking up where 2013’s “15” left off, this is one energetic album that blends punk, sleaze and glam rock – you can hear the bands influences throughout, there’s a bit of Hanoi Rocks in there, a hint of Buckcherry, a touch of Dogs D’Amour and even a pinch of Wildhearts.

The album’s first single, “Waking Up Dead”, is my favourite song of 2018 so far, and with album opener “Bad Motherf**ker” kicking things off in style, there really are no weak tracks amongst the 10 on offer here.

“Burning At Both Wicks” reminds me of Scott Weiland at times, “Fires” is a fuller, more rounded affair, “Fuck You Song” pretty much does what it says on the tin whilst “Hostage” is an easy number that bounces along nicely. “Murder Me Baby” has an infectious groove to it and is the kind of song that will not be leaving my head any time soon, “When We Were Young” has a good sing along punk feel to it and “Heart Attack “closes the album in the same style it opened and leaves you with a sense of satisfaction that you don’t get from too many new releases these days.

It is hard to believe that Bullets and Octane have been around for 20 years now, albeit with recent line-up changes, and with “Waking Up Dead” they have delivered their best album yet. There are solid songs throughout the album with great vocals and guitar work, spot on backing vocals and everything else blending nicely – vocalist, and remaining original member, Gene Louis has certainly found a winning combination with the band’s current line-up.

Bullets and Octane will be back in the UK in December, see you down the front.  *****

Review by Nikk Gunns

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