by Jessica Nguyen
On October 6th, Local Philly band Octane played the JC Washington House. If you’re from Philly and like going to local original shows, chances are you know of Octane. In my case, I’ve seen them way more then a few times. And each time, I walk away from the show with such a high of happiness. They know how to put on a really good rock show.
I know what to expect when headed into an Octane show because Octane has a very loyal fan base. If you didn’t already know that, it becomes obvious with the crowd at the Washington House started to sing along word for word with Bortnick. Octane also played two of their new songs, “Little Sister Heartbreak” and “Get Up.” It was my first time hearing them live and the crowd enjoyed them just as much as older Octane music. Even though I knew what to expect, it left me none-the-less impressed with the raw talent and heart on the stage.
Brian Bortnick is the very definition of front man. He knows how to work and involve the crowd with such ease. It didn’t go unnoticed by me. Of course I am sure he is just doing what comes naturally to him. The other vital, talented members of the band include Bobby Pirylis on the drummer, Greg Tripp and Brian Quinn on guitar and Mike Vlaanderen on bass. Octane really encourages supporting local music, not just for themselves but in having another Philly band open for them. At this show, the band was The Better Half.
Octane knew what they wanted and knew what the fans wanted. This included the drummer’s solo drum performance which hard core Octane fans look forward to and expect. New fans stand in awe and amazement. Some of the many favorites included “I for One”, “Gasoline” and the encore, “Sicklike” which involves the crowd even further in a group head banging. My personal favorite is “Watch You Beg.” I became almost giddy, like a little kid on Christmas when I saw this on the set list.
No matter how long Octane plays, it’s never enough. I’m glad they have returned and I am sure all the people in the venue last night will tell you the same thing.