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Bullets and Octane

Bullets and Octane

‘In the Mouth of the Young’ by Bullets and Octane happens to be one of my favourite releases of the last few years and I am a big fan of Bullets. If you like your Punk Sleazy or your dirty Sleaze punky they are a band to check out. Other releases by the band have also been pretty fine.

Bullets and Octane (I always wonder when Bands release their self-titled CDs after a few named releases – have they given up looking for names or just forgot about it first, second and third time out?) is a great release but not their best. It was originally available as download only which is probably why it has now been repackaged with their previous album; 2007’s superior ‘Song For the Underdog’. With the addition of a few demos the two now become known as ‘Laughing In the Face of Failure’. Maybe the name means the download only experiment didn’t work? Who knows? Oh well that’s marketing for you!

‘Never Going Down’ is a punky opener that pretty much lays out the Sleaze Punk template for the album. I always loved their lyrics and this album continues with the same themes, coloured with grit and humour. ‘Bang’ that follows is pretty much the other side of Bullets – catchy pop-punk, with an almost rockabilly tinge to it. Personally both styles sit well with me but it’s the dirtier punkier songs that really do it, though I imagine the kids like the latter more mainstream punk-lite sound.

‘Thumb’ is funny and one of Bullets repeated themes lyrically misogynistic and catchy as hell. ‘Dark Hour’ delivers another dose of rock and while songs like
‘Black Painting’ are a bit hit and miss; ‘The Cemetery Song’ is great fun.

You feel that ‘The Underground’ has enough about it to be a hit. It may be a bit understated in the context of things, but quirky, and had me playing it a few times to try to get to the bottom of it. Nice.

To me Bullets are just as good and as relevant a band as say, Buckcherry.

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