BUL­LETS AND OC­TANE

Wak­ing Up Dead

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - SI­MON YOUNG

(Bad Mofo/cargo) KKKKK

FOR FANS OF: So­cial Dis­tor­tion, Guns N’ Roses, Atreyu

■ Cal­i­for­nia-based tear­aways Bul­lets And Oc­tane have been fairly quiet since the re­lease of their 2013 al­bum 15, it­self only their first re­lease since 2009. In the five years since their last record, front­man Gene Louis has taken time out to pur­sue a more mel­low solo ca­reer which has yielded an al­bum (The Naked Truth) and a string of sin­gles. But fi­nally, his main band are back with their sev­enth work, and the good news is that they’re just as tru­cu­lent as ever. Bad Mother Fucker and the ti­tle-track are com­bustible balls of punk fury and set the tone for the nine tracks that fol­low. When We Were Young un­clenches its fist for a mo­ment and re­flects on their days as a fresh-faced Mis­souri band strug­gling to make it in their new Los An­ge­les home, and Fuck You Song would hap­pily sit on a day­time rock ra­dio playlist if it weren’t for its sweary cho­rus. While Wak­ing Up Dead isn’t breaking new ground by any stretch, it’s good to have them back.

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