If rock n’ roll is not dead, it certainly is festering. Dead Engines are working to put it out of its misery. How? By relying on old trusted tools of American grit 'n guts using the rebellious innocence of rockabilly, the drive and simplicity of punk, a dose of country-twang, and a splash of glitter, anything that was good and real and now is no more. Theirs is a no-frills, no holds barred attempt to enliven the dark human spirit of spontaneity that once was the very essence of American music, and is so utterly absent in today’s contrived and orchestrated music business. If you come to love and appreciate what they are trying to do, fine. If you don’t, even better! Laugh if you can. What are heroes without enemies, even when those “heroes” are little more than glorious losers. Dead Engines aim to run you down!
Vocals: Bobby Ray Octane keeps to what he calls the “johnny philosophy” when it comes to music. See as prime exemplars, Cash, Cochrane, Blitz, Horton, Ramone and Rotten. Throw in any slop-bop retro-rock from the 50's, guitar fuzz-bombs from the 60's and 70's punk, a-la Iggy and Stiv, and you'll get a swig of what rock n' roll tastes like to him. Add to this mixture a good stiff shot of country twang Americana from Lee Hazelwood up to Dwight Yoakam and you have what inspires his angle on songwriting. He has fronted Diablo 44, Dick Smiley and, for a brief time, the Twighlight Idols. Dead Engines continues in and expands upon the hard-driving tradition.
Guitar: Gig Fortier was weaned on rattlesnake venom and rock & roll. He played leader for The Hooligans and Cathouse Thumpers for years, only to find his niche slammin' crash and burn guitar for Dead Engines. Ready to blast your eardrums off like a XXX-rated rock & roll elephant gun!
Bass: Mickey McFaster: To say that a person has been damaged by a single band might be a bit far fetched to some. But for Mickey McFaster that's precisely what happened one evening at church youth group movie night when one of the viewing choices was “Rock & Roll High School”. That simple introduction to the Ramones changed forever the way he looked at music. While everything from punk to new wave to country to heavy metal and doo-wop are fair game, the 'Idea' of keeping it simple, short and honest has been a lesson never forgotten. That, my friends, along with a low slung, hard driving bass style is exactly what he brings to Dead Engines, nothing more and nothing less.
Drums: Frankie 'Jackslacks' Falcone has his roots firmly planted in, and musical influences derived from original 1950's & 60's rock and roll. He now brings his array of steady beats to the much anticipated new Southern California quartet, Dead Engines. Cutting his teeth and honing his chops with west coast regional bands Forbidden Pigs & Hot Rod Lincoln, plus Detroit's Nobody's Business, Frankie realized early on that his basic swing & shuffle, balls out rocking style would be his signature for drumming. "It's in my blood...I really dig that crazy beat!”