Otep Announces European/UK Tour

Otep has announced a European/UK tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

02/01 Metz, FRA – TBA
02/02 Cham, GER – L.A. Live Style
02/04 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
02/05 Munich, GER – Backstage
02/06 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
02/07 Lyon, FRA – CCO
02/08 Dornbirn, AUT – Conrad Sohm
02/09 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
02/12 Nantes, FRA – Le Ferrailleur
02/13 London, UK – Underworld
02/14 Coventry, UK – The Arches
02/15 Manchester, UK – Factory
02/17 Lancaster, UK – The Yorkshire House
02/18 Swansea, UK – The Bunkhouse
02/19 Edinburgh, UK – Bannermans
02/20 Roeselare, BEL – De Velichte Geest
02/21 Siegburg, GER – Kubana Live Club
02/23 Ostrava, CZE – Barrack Music Club
02/24 Prague, CZE – Futurum

Otep Announces Fall U.S. Tour

Otep has announced a fall tour with The World Over. One Day Waiting will also perfom on select dates.

Tour Dates:

11/23 Bakersfield, CA – Club 1933
11/24 Tucson, AZ – House of Bards
11/27 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
11/28 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
11/29 Arlington Heights, IL – HOME Bar
11/30 Geneva on the Lake, OH – The Cove
12/01 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel
12/02 Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
12/04 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
12/05 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
12/06 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
12/07 Auburn, ME – Sapphire Club
12/08 Easton, PA – One Centre Square
12/09 Amityville, NY – Revolution
12/12 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)
12/13 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
12/14 Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks
12/15 Clarksville, TN – Warehouse
12/16 Memphis, TN – Rockhouse Live
12/18 Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
12/19 Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
12/20 Greeley, CO – Moxie
12/21 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
12/22 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
12/23 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s

Otep commented:

“In a time when apathy has been weaponized to suffocate the voice of the people, in a time when Americans are told not to believe what we see with our own eyes but to believe what one bloviating sack of sewage and a gutless Republican Party who care only about preying on the working class and the working poor just to feed his KULT from the same gruesome trough of racist, homophobic and sexist slop. We are proud to bring THE ART OF DISSENT tour to the people to hopefully remind them just how powerful we are and how important we are, as a nation, as a democracy, and that it’s damn well worth fighting for.”

Otep Takes On The NRA In “Shelter In Place” Music Video

Otep has premiered a new video for her song “Shelter In Place.“ The clip, which takes aim at the NRA, was directed by Otep herself and filmed by P.R. Brown. The track appears on her latest album “Kult 45.”

Otep commented:

“The video for ‘Shelter In Place‘ challenges the NRA‘s irrational claim that ‘only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun’. It aims the blame of mass murders of our children in school shootings directly on the NRA, not necessarily its members, but the administration who continue to fight for people on Terrorist Watch Lists to own a gun. Why? It’s my belief the more murders that occur, the more money they make from weapons manufacturers and increases in membership which strengthens their ability to be a political power that continues to frighten the Republican owned Congress.

The number of mass murders of children in schools by gun violence is our national shame yet the Republican owned Congress (and shills for the NRA) have done nothing, not a single thing, to protect our kids. In contrast, when ONE man attempted to detonate a shoe bomb on board a plane in flight, legislation was enacted to protect people from this SINGLE attempt of failed terrorism. Now all of us have to remove our shoes before boarding a flight. All of us have to be searched and x-rayed.

The NRA may have begun as an advocacy group for the Second Amendment but it’s my belief they have regressed into something akin to a homegrown terrorist organization that benefits from mass murders both financially and as a political power. This is completely unacceptable.

Enough is enough. Our children deserve better. And their safety and the safety of their teachers are worth fighting for.”

Otep Shares “Kult 45” Documentary, Releases New Song “Molotov”

Otep has shared a documentary on her new album “Kult 45” (out July 27). You can check that out below. In other news, she has also released a new song called “Molotov.” You can get that in digital outlets now.

Otep Premieres “To The Gallows” Lyric Video

Otep has premiered a lyric video for her new song “To The Gallows.” This track is from her new album “Kult 45,” which will be available on July 27.

Otep Shamaya commented:

“Art is resistance. Art allows us to fightback without violence. This song, ‘To the Gallows‘, is meant to shine a light on Traitor Trump’s attacks on the Constitution, on Healthcare, on the LGBTQ+, the African American, Hispanic and Muslim communities, DREAMERS, and women’s reproductive rights.

Not to mention that this spurious President might have committed just a little bit of light treason, but this is why we rally, this is why we march, and this is why I write. Because when I look back someday I want to know that I did everything in my power as an artist, activist and citizen, to stop him and his bigoted embryonic autocracy.”

She also added the following during an interview with Billboard:

“For me this song is a reminder that Trump needs to be held accountable for his crimes and he also needs to be reminded that the American people are the ones that have the true power in this country, and I want people to remember that. My hope is not only does it give people the courage to stand strong but it also gives them an opportunity to feel connected and sing along and feel empowered. Who knows, maybe the next time a rally comes around or a rally needs to be made, they’ll be open to being part of it.”

She continued:

“It’s meant to provoke. I hope it does. I’ve never been afraid to stand by what I say. I don’t worry about what some of his supporters might say. I don’t think they’re necessarily gonna be fans of my music anyway simply because of who I am — a loud-mouthed lesbian radical who’s fighting for the working class. That’s not normally what people who support Trump are appreciative of. I just make sure I’m not just running off at the mouth without actually knowing something about what I’m upset about.”

Otep Previews New Song “To The Gallows”

Otep has posted a preview of her new song “To The Gallows.” The full track will be released on May 25. Her new album “Kult 45” will be available on July 27.

Otep Reveals Details For New Album “Kult 45”

Otep has revealed the details for her new album “Kult 45.“ The effort will be released on July 27, and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

“Kult 45” Track Listing:

01. “Hail To The Thief”
02. “Halt Right”
03. “Molotov”
04. “Said The Snake”
05. “Undefeated”
06. “Trigger Warning”
07. “Cross Contamination”
08. “Shelter In Place”
09. “Boss”
10. “To The Gallows”
11. “Sirens Calling”
12. “Invisible People”
13. “Be Brave”
14. “Wake Up” (Rage Against The Machine cover)
15. “Feral Oracle” (bonus track)
16. “The Tribe Speaks” (bonus track)

Otep commented:

“You can expect a complete and total mutiny of the senses on Kult 45. That said, it’s important for fans to know that this record is not just an indictment of Trump. The idea is rather to empower people to stand up and remind them this is our country and we have the power. It’s primarily a rallying cry for people with common sense and good-natured patriots to rise up and know that we own this nation.”

Although the album is produced well technically, lyrically, it’s very raw. Musically, we explore different genres – we’re trying to reach everyone. I don’t want to be limited to one genre or to be anchored to a particular space where I can only reach certain political minds. It’s important to me that I’m sending a clear and concise message to the Resistance – the people out there bending the barricades and fighting for justice is this country.”

The press release also featured a breakdown of various tracks:

“Otep does not hold back on Kult 45, pointing out all sorts of political duplicities and leaving them in their wake. The band explodes on aggressive, adamant anthems like “Halt Right” and “Molotov“, which act as timely outcries against the recent resurgence of hate groups.

Tracks like the in-your-face “Cross Contamination” explore the hypocrisy of the evangelical right giving Trump a pass on his infidelities, and cherry-picking scriptures to fit their ideologies. “Invisible People” approaches immigration issues while pointing a strong finger at Trump, the electronically-charged “Boss” aims to break, fight, and redefine gender roles, and “Trigger Warning” targets rape culture – specifically Stanford rapist Brock Turner -with a vengeance.

“Shelter In Place” investigates the topic of school shootings, specifically. “This song is extremely important to me because it was inspired by the bravery of those Parkland students who formed the March For Our Lives,” says Shamaya. “The outro is, ‘hey hey NRA, how many kids did you kill today?’ because they’ve actively taken measures to make our kids less safe in school.

They want to arm teachers, they want to put more guns in schools and on the street. The song itself isn’t specifically anti-gun, but aimed at the hypocrisy of the NRA and certain belief systems that lose sight of what’s truly important – the lives of our children.”

The album pre-closes with a cover of “Wake Up” – an homage to political music icons, major Kult 45 writing inspiration, and original track recording artists Rage Against The Machine – as well as a unique finisher, “The Tribe Speaks“, featuring recorded voicemails from fans expressing how OTEP‘s music has changed their lives.

“In the voicemails people say they feel empowered, that the music saved them,” explains Shamaya. “They told us that they discovered their identities with our music. There was a girl who said that she considered committing suicide and that our music pulled her out of that. These were all based on last album, and I think that this album will have a similar impact on people. These are so moving – it’s what keeps me fighting. Really.”

“We want to empower people,” ends Shamaya. “This album wasn’t written to only wake people up, it’s meant to carbonate people with the hope and confidence that they can make a difference.”

Tour Dates:

07/05 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (with Dropout Kings & One Day Waiting)
07/06 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall (with Dropout Kings & One Day Waiting)
07/07 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre (with Dropout Kings & One Day Waiting)
07/08 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater (with Dropout Kings & One Day Waiting)
07/09 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep (with Dropout Kings & One Day Waiting)
07/11 Merriam, KS – Aftershock (with Dropout Kings & One Day Waiting)
07/12 Sioux Falls, SD – Icon Lounge (with Dropout Kings & One Day Waiting)
07/13 Cadott, WI – Rock Fest
07/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
07/15 Detroit, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
07/17 Toronto, ON – The Rockpile
07/18 Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
07/19 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre (with Kore RozZik)
07/20 Reading, PA – Reverb – Rock Room (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
07/21 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
07/22 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
07/23 Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
07/25 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
07/26 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
07/27 Cleveland, OH – The Odeon Concert Club (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
07/28 Findlay, OH – All American Rock House (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
07/29 St. Louis, MO – Fubar (with Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik)
08/01 Oklahoma City, OK – Ruins Live (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/02 Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/03 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live! (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/04 Houston, TX – Scout Bar (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/05 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/07 Mesa, AZ – Club Red (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/08 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/09 Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/10 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/11 Anaheim, CA – The Parish – House of Blues (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/12 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/14 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/15 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/17 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55 (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)
08/18 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater (with Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday)

Otep Announces Summer Tour

Otep has announced a summer headlining tour. You can see the dates for that run below. She also recently finished her new album and is planning to release it later this year.

Otep said the following about the album:

“After every album there’s an overwhelming sense of excitement, but this time it’s in the stratosphere. This time, we hold nothing back. It’s an uncompromising power-groove eruption of expert musicality destined to make some necks sore and spirits soar and with lyrical and stylistic freedoms which makes this feel like the most authentic album to date.”

She also added the following about the tour:

“We are beyond excited to play some of the new songs on tour, to play ‘Rock Fest‘ in Wisconsin this summer, to scream and sing with our beloved fans and to remind everyone that no matter how hard they try to extinguish our identities, this time, we’re standing together and fighting back. This time, they will know how powerful we truly are.”

Tour Dates:

07/05 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
07/06 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
07/07 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre
07/08 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
07/09 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
07/11 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
07/12 Sioux Falls, SD – Icon Lounge
07/13 Cadott, WI – Rock Fest
07/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge
07/15 Detroit, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge
07/17 Toronto, ON – The Rockpile
07/18 Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
07/19 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
07/20 Reading, PA – Reverb – Rock Room
07/21 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
07/23 Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
07/25 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
07/26 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
07/27 Cleveland, OH – The Odeon Concert Club
07/28 Findlay, OH – All American Rock House
07/29 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
08/01 Oklahoma City, OK – Ruins Live
08/02 Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
08/03 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
08/04 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
08/05 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
08/07 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
08/08 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
08/09 Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room
08/10 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
08/11 Anaheim, CA – The Parish – House of Blues
08/12 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
08/14 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
08/15 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
08/17 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
08/18 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater

Otep On Her New Album: “It’s Powerful, Poetic, Patriotic Protest Music”

Otep has offered some information regarding her upcoming eighth studio album, which is currently being recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles. The effort is being co-produced by Otep and her guitarist Aristotle, and it is expected to be released later this year.

Otep said the following:

“I’m co-producing this album with my guitarist Aristotle, which has allowed us to create without limitations. The musicality is stellar and has been elevated to a whole new stratosphere of sound. With Aristotle on guitar, Justin Kier on drums and Drew Barnes on bass, each musician has a powerful voice on this album.”

She also discussed the album’s lyrics:

“No one is safe, no one escapes. It’s powerful, poetic, patriotic protest music. One could say it’s an activist album hoping to incite social change and support those who are at the barricades, who are marching in the streets for justice, who are demanding our government protect our great nation from enemies foreign and domestic – this includes the bloated colostomy bag disgracing the White House, Traitor Trump, and his loafer licking cronies… but I digress.”

She also added the following about the the number eight and its significance:

“Writing our eighth album is not only a blessing for which we are forever grateful but the number itself is said to have magical properties. In Norse mythology, the horse of the god Odin has eight legs. The Pythagoreans considered the number eight the “little holy number”. The eighth day of the Chinese New Year is the annual gathering of all the gods in Heaven.

In the Tarot, eight is the card for Justice which seems appropriate considering the current political climate we are suffering through. The mathematical symbol for infinity is an eight on its side. There are eight festivals observed in the Wicca Wheel of the Year. There were eight gates surrounding the ancient city of Babylon.

The eighth gate was named the Gate of Ishtar. Ishtar is the goddess of love and war, the Queen of the Earth and Heaven. She is the morning and evening star. Qualities I certainly relate to. And finally, I’m a Scorpio and Scorpio is the eighth astrological sign in the Zodiac.

A 33rd Degree Freemason and Master Rosicrucian, Manly P. Hall once said, ‘The rites of the Scorpion are the Mysteries of the Apocalypse and the ceremonies of Dionysus.’ Expect the unexpected. Expect to have your brain pushed back.”

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