New School 133
Released on October 14, 2008
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800 Octane is probably one of the hardest working bands you’ve never heard of. Every independent band strives to make that claim but 800 Octane has been playing non-stop for well over 14 years in a genre that goes in and out of style as often as the tide changes. Sticking with punk rock for all these years takes a commitment that not too many bands are willing to make. Driving through rain, sleet and snow to play for whoever will listen is the name of the game and to date they’ve put well over 500 shows under their belts. Respect has been slowly earned by sheer willpower and in return 800 Octane has been given the chance to play with many of their influences and idols including The Misfits, Tiger Army, The Living End, Guttermouth, UK Subs, H2O, Strike Anywhere, New Found Glory, All, Strung Out, TSOL, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Bigwig, Sum 41, Saves The Day, The Loved Ones, Poison Idea, Face To Face, Gwar and even three appearances on the Warped Tour. Not bad for a DIY punk band that prefers singing about zombies to politics.
800 Octane’s fifth studio album entitled ‘Requiem’ completes a trilogy of CD’s recorded with Conrad Uno of Seattle’s legendary Egg Studios, which has spawned the likes of Mudhoney, Zeke, Nashville Pussy, The Groovie Ghoulies and even the Presidents Of The United States. Although the title may suggest a somber series of songs to honor the dead, it’s ironically their most lively album to date with more speed, more melody and more variety than prior albums. With 18 tracks in just under 44 minutes the songs and hooks come at you fast and furious. Topics range from movies, to girls, to monsters and then back again before you realize it. These songs aren’t meant to change the world. They are intended to give anyone with a pulse (or without one) a chance to get their blood flowing a little bit faster.