A self-described alternative rock band, inspired by artists such as LOWER THAN ATLANTIS and TWIN ATLANTIC , Octavians play a kind of off-kilter indie prog-rock, blended with dashes of melody in a style seemingly older than their teenage years. At just 16/17 years of age, Sam Baker (vocals, rhythm guitar) Ieuan Lewis (lead guitar), Zac Read (bass) and Alex Tabero (drums) are definitely ambitious creatively. Opening track “Among Others” is a prime example of this, coming at you in small bursts musically, the occasional guitar or bass lick, before a more, free flowing chorus section. Ieuan displaying some promising, skilful playing towards the end of the song.
“Against The Wall” is a shorter track at just under 3 minutes long, more straight forward sounding with a more basic rock feel to it, some nice blues style undertones and some almost jazz infused bass playing, it’s all rather slick. “In Circles” is a bold indie number, emphasis on a big chorus and an even bigger dramatic climax, before final track “Take Me Away From Here” strips everything back completely. The solitary acoustic guitar alongside Sam’s vocals creating a come-down effect, slight similarities to Jeff Buckley in places, with the addition of meatier segments giving the track a more dynamic appeal.
All in all, for a debut, it’s a decent effort. Granted, no matter who you are, your first release is going to point out one or two areas that need ironing out here and there, but that’s music, it’s all a learning and developing process. In the case of Octavians I will be honest and say the main issue is the strength of the vocals. In some places they can seem slightly strained and/or fragile, but as I said earlier the guys are still only young and there is plenty of time to develop and grow. They already have the confidence and instrumental skill, give them time. Anything can happen from one minute to another… 
Find the lads on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weareoctavians