Bullets and Octane
By: Lauren Napier
Bullets and Octane is an adrenaline
filled rock n' roll band composed of Gene on vocals,
Jack and Skye on guitars, Brent on bass, and Ty on
drums. Their live shows are amazing and never cease
to fill people with that energy that only true rock
can. Watch out for Gene's spitting though. Their full-length
album, The Revelry, is melodic old-school punk that
should definitely be added to your collection. I suggest
you listen to this raw, gritty band and partake in
the musical experience that is Bullets and Octane.
Smash Magazine: How did you all get together?
Gene: I'll take that one. Me and Brent, the bass player,
we moved out here from Missouri, and Ty, the drummer
moved out here from Illinois. Before that he was playing
in Guttermouth, the Vandals, and eventually ended
up playing with us. And we found Jack, the guitar
player in an ad in the paper, so that was pretty cool.
And then Skye, the other guitar player, was in a band
called Beer City Rockers. He called me up to see if
I'd play drums on some recordings, and in turn, I
asked him if he wanted to play in our band, and it
just kind of worked out.
Skye: And I said “yes” and we got married
and it's worked out...so far.
SM: What's the story behind the name of the band?
Gene: There was this guitar player who was playing
in the band for like a week or two and we didn't have
a name for the band yet, so he said "How 'bout
Bullets and Octane?" I didn't care, and said
“sure.” And the next thing you know he
came up here to Vegas for some weird drug deal or
something, and he was never heard from again. The
name stuck - he didn't obviously.
SM: What are your major influences?
Ty: I guess my influences are The Who, The Beatles,
and Monster Magnet.
Jack: I'm into straight-up rock and Roll. None
of the emo stuff really.
Brent: Dream Theater and Nirvana.
Skye: I like long-walks on the beach; I'm a gemini.
I like the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, and the Rolling
Stones. I love the Beatles. I'm into older pre-punk
and like Iggy Pop and David Bowie.
Jack: David Bowie - that was a good one.
SM: What are your favorite songs from The Revelry
Skye: I call “Bad Things to Bad People.”
Ty: Mine too.
Brent: “Sweet Dreams.”
Skye: “Bad Things to Bad People” because
it sounds like Motorhead. I think I should have a
reason, not just "I like this song - because!"
Gene: It's easy like Sunday morning.
Jack: “Save Me Sorrow.” It makes you want
to drive pretty fucking fast. “Sweet Dreams”
has the most fucked up lyrics I've heard in a long
time, and it's not very nice.
SM: Could you describe the song writing process?
Skye: There is no process; we kind of do it differently
Gene. Yeah, we all work on a song together or I'll
work on a song with Brent or Ty and Skye will play
basketball. It's open to everything. Jack does something
every once in a while, too.
Jack: I come on in wherever I can get in.
Skye: Get in where you fit in? That's sounds pretty
racist there Jack.
Jack: No it isn't. I just throw my two cents in whenever
SM: What are your biggest regrets?
Gene: This band in general. We've never been asked
that one. I would actually honestly say not working
harder early on. It just seems like we should have
worked harder years ago, we should have worked harder
last year, we should have worked harder yesterday,
and I should be working harder on this interview right
Skye: I regret that I didn't get the chance to finish
Jack: I hate college.
Gene: Except for like the natural regrets of saying
the wrong things at the wrong time. Eating too much
cake and it makes your stomach hurt - stuff like that.
Ty: Eating that bean burrito earlier.
SM: What takes up your time besides music?
Gene: Thinking about regrets most of the time. (laugh)
Skye: I think that takes up pretty much all or our
Jack: Mentally. Thinking about it all the time.
Skye: I like to drink from time to time. I have a
garden - just kidding.
SM: What political issues most concern you?
Gene: We don't do that.
Jack: I have my own, but I like to keep them to myself.
We don't like to...
Gene: The Rock n' Roll is supposed to help you forget
about all that. In fact right now, world hunger...just
kidding we're not going to get into that. I like your
Jack: Usually when you hear bands do politics they
sound like they're just reading off a card. Unless
you can do it in an intelligent way then I don't think
you should really talk about politics. There are people
that can pull it off. And then some who can't, and
those people are irritating.
Skye: I like music and I don't think politics belong
SM: What music are you listening to right now?
Gene: I have Elliot Smith in my CD player.
Skye: That's probably why you seem so fucking depressed
Gene: I should be jumping up and down.
Jack: David Bowie.
SM: Where do you see yourselves as a band in five
Skye: Hopefully writing better music.
Jack: Enjoying our lives with better medication.
Gene: I think we should be enjoying our lives rather
than constantly of roughing ourselves up…and
seeing how many days we can go without showering.
Ha ha…I win that kind of thing.
SM: Any last comments?
Skye: Thank you.
Jack: Very good questions, better than any other one's
that I've heard.
Gene: Tell everyone that Lauren is the best at this
(interviews) - Bullets and Octane says so!