The Revelry in 2004 (produced by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke). Two years later, Page Hamilton of post-hardcore punks Helmet produced their sophomore effort and major-label debut, In the Mouth of the Young. Signed to RCA, Bullets and Octane had both the image and the sound to cross the sleaze rock/emo punk divide. But then things stalled. Even the release of this year’s Waking Up Dead album was problematic after the whole thing leaked online. They seem to be back on track now; that new album is a killer, and the live shows have been hard-hitting, too.
Let’s be honest — it didn’t quite work out the way many of us predicted for Bullets and Octane. Having formed in 1998, the band was already 6 years old when they put out debut album