Bullets and Octane

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Bullets and Octane
Gene Louis live.JPG
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Genres Hard rock, southern metal
Years active 1998-present
Labels RCA Records, ARES, Criterion
Associated acts Adair, Black President, Jonny Two Bags, Guttermouth, The Brave Ones, Unwritten Law, T.S.O.L., Ultrafink, Sex N' Violence, The Chelsea Smiles
Website www.bullets-and-octane.com
Members Gene Louis
Felipe Rodrigo
Taylor Sullivan
Jonny Udell
Past members Brent Clawson
Jack Tankersley
James Daniel
Nate Large
Matt Rainwater
Kevin Tapia
Brian Totten
Skye Vaughan-Jayne
Kevin Besignano

Bullets and Octane are a hard rock band originally from St. Louis, Missouri and now based in Southern California (as referenced in the song "Cancer California"). They originate from the band Ultrafink (which released one album titled Carbotrolly, currently out of print). The band has been touring in Europe and North America since December 31, 1998, playing as a support band for Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Eagles of Death Metal and Flogging Molly amongst others, as well as headlining their own shows in 2006.


In 2003 Bullets and Octane released an EP, called One Night Stand Rock N' Roll Band on Criterion Records which is owned by their long-time hometown friend, and Sex N Violence front man, Jeremy Miller, In 2003 they released their first and only DVD The Revelry also on Criterion Records. In 2004, they released their second EP, Bullets 'N' Octane on Criterion before later in the year releasing their first album which was also titled The Revelry on Criterion Records, (Later Re-Released on Ares Records), which featured some remastered/re-recorded tracks off their EPs. Their second album, In the Mouth of the Young, was released in April 2006 on the band's first Major Record label, Sony BMG/RCA Records. The band also released a cover of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" for a local So-Cal Sampler, which also featured as a hidden track at the end of their self-titled EP, and an unreleased original B-Side "Mannequin", which is from the "One Night Stand Rock'n'Roll Band" days, has since leaked onto the Internet. The band toured with the Family Values Tour 2006, along with such bands as Dir En Grey, Korn, Flyleaf, Stone Sour and Deftones. While this marked the first time opening up to such a large audience. They were previously support to Avenged Sevenfold on Avenged's City Of Evil Tour.

Bullets and Octane have a steady growing fan base, most notably in California, and also a large portion in Europe due to touring and distribution.

Recently, the band left their record label, RCA, and are now back on ARES records.

Their new album, Song for the Underdog, became available in June 2007 on their tour with Unwritten Law. The CD became available on iTunes after June.

Recently, guitarist James Daniel decided to leave the band. For the current tour, Steve Morris (lead guitarist of Unwritten Law) has taken James's place.

In 2008 James was replaced with Kevin Tapia, who was then replaced by Kevin Besignano, also the guitarist for Sex n violence and Unwritten Law.

Gene has given himself the task of writing and recording one song every week of 2008, he posts the new song on his Myspace (January–March's song are now available to buy as an album)

They undertook a UK tour throughout October 2007 With The Knives.

Most recently Ty Smith has left the band to be a full-time member in the band Godhead as well as filling in on the drums for the bands Guttermouth and The Knives. Ty's place in Bullets & Octane has been filled by Brian Totten. Original guitarist Jack Tankersley rejoined the band as well for work on their fourth album.

Bullets and Octane was released on iTunes in April 2009, returning to a sound more reminiscent of their older material than Song for the Underdog.

On July 10, 2009, the band announced that their upcoming release, Laughing In The Face Of Failure would be available from October 6, 2009. The release is made up of their two previous albums (Song for the Underdog and the self-titled album) as well as 3 B-sides: a new version of Pirates and two previously unreleased tracks: Murder Maria and Chemicals. This is a physical release as opposed to Bullets' last release which was available only as a download.

November 2009 saw Bullets heading out on a US/UK tour with Wednesday 13's new band Gunfire 76 as well as a number of unsigned bands around the UK.

With Gene and Kevin focusing on The Brave Ones, 2010 proved to be a quiet year for Bullets. The summer of 2011, however, saw the release of a B-sides and Live EP (rumored to be recorded around the release of In The Mouth Of The Young). After Kevin's departure, Gene started looking for brand new line-up and met Felipe Rodrigo, Taylor Sullivan and Ben Palmer from LA based punk rock band Crash FistFight. The Brave Ones went on to release the full-length album "Los Angeles".

In July 2013, Bullets released a new album titled "15", in honor of the band's 15th anniversary.

As of 2016, the band has been working on a new album. Release date has not been announced yet.

Band members[edit]



  • Brent Clawson - bass guitar
  • Ty Smith - drums
  • Jack Tankersley - guitar
  • Skye Vaughan-Jayne - guitar
  • James Daniel - guitar
  • Nate Large - guitar
  • Matt Rainwater - drums
  • Kevin Tapia - guitar
  • Brian Totten - drums
  • Kevin Besignano - rhythm guitar


Albums and EPs[edit]

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