Otep Offers Update On New Album

During a recent interview with 96.7 KCAL-FM’s Radioactive MikeZ, Otep offered an update on her new album. The effort has already been mixed and it will soon be entering the mastering phase.

Otep said the following:

“We’ve just finished mixing, and we’re about to go into mastering. And then it’s really up to the label to decide when they’re gonna release it, what they’re gonna release, which single they’re gonna release. I have some say as to, you know, what I recommend, but ultimately it lies on them. So I’m hoping for… I always want a Christmas release; labels always fight me on that. But I always think that’s when people have money.

Most of my fans are working-class people, and I grew up poverty class, working class. I never forgot my roots, and I always try to think about that. So hopefully I’m gonna try again pushing for if not a late 2022 release, then maybe something early next year. … We’re definitely pushing for that — me and the producer of the record, who I worked with him on ‘Generation Doom’, which was my seventh record, I believe.”

She also added the following about the writing process:

“This record actually was written with a couple of different songwriters, which I was really excited to work with. ‘Kult 45’ was my last album, which is four years old now. It’s insane to believe that it’s been four years, but it has. When I went back in the studio, the band had sort of dispersed at that point — everybody was trying to make a living and trying to find other jobs — and so I just went to the producer and we sat down and we found some really, really talented, creative people. And even though I’ve been doing this for a long time and have accomplished a lot — at least I think I have — I really work best with mentors. I like people that are, I feel, creatively better than I am so that I can have this sort of spiritual intercourse between all of us where we’re sort of sharing ideas and I’m inspiring them and they’re inspiring me.”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Callous Daoboys To Replace Otep On Avatar & Light The Torch’s Upcoming Tour

Otep has dropped off of her upcoming tour with Avatar and Light The Torch due to “travel logistics.” The Callous Daoboys will now be taking her place.

Tour Dates:

07/06 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (no The Callous Daoboys)
07/07 Montreal, QC – Corona (no The Callous Daoboys)
07/08 Portland, ME – AURA
07/09 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
07/10 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
07/12 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
07/13 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
07/14 Cadott, WI – Cadott Rockfest
07/15 Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival
07/16 Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration Festival
07/17 Knoxville, TN – Concourse
07/19 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
07/20 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
07/22 Fargo, ND – Outdoors at Fargo Brewing
07/24 Calgary, AB – The Palace (no The Callous Daoboys)
07/25 Edmonton, AB – Midway Bar (no The Callous Daoboys)
07/27 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue (no The Callous Daoboys)
07/29 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
07/30 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
07/31 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

Avatar Announce North American Tour With Light The Torch & Otep

Avatar have announced a headlining North American tour. Light The Torch and Otep will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

07/06 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
07/07 Montreal, QC – Corona
07/08 Portland, ME – AURA
07/09 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
07/10 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
07/12 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
07/13 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
07/14 Cadott, WI – Cadot Rockfest
07/15 Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival
07/16 Mansfield, OH x Inkcarceration Festival
07/17 Knoxville, TN – Concourse
07/19 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
07/20 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
07/22 Fargo, ND – Outdoors at Fargo Brewing
07/24 Calgary, AB – The Palace
07/25 Edmonton, AB – Midway Bar
07/27 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue
07/29 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
07/30 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
07/31 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

Otep Cancels U.S. Tour

Otep has cancelled her upcoming U.S. tour. The trek was scrapped due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Otep commented:

“My Real Ones, it is with a heavy heart that I write this to you. As you know, it’s been 3 years since I’ve toured the U.S. and performed for all of you and I have been anxiously awaiting for the moment where we could all be together again, to make new memories and give you the best show possible. However, many of you know that I have l lung issues due to chronic bronchitis as a child and with the surge of the Omicron variant, how rapid it’s spreading and the inconsistencies with state guidelines and mandates, it is impossible for us to enforce the proper covid protocols that my team & I are comfortable with to keep everyone safe.

To make this heavy decision, my team and I have had many, many (sometimes heated) discussions regarding what could be done and ultimately we decided it is best to unfortunately cancel the upcoming tour for fear of putting the health of the bands, our crew, the venue staff, myself & most importantly, YOU, at risk.

Also, most of you know that I’ve been struggling with the recent death of my brother & I cannot thank you enough for all your kind words & love. It means so much to my family & I as we still process this unimaginable grief. In that respect, I simply can’t put my family in a position that might result in another tragedy.

Again, I am so, so sorry. We tried everything. We really did. In the meantime, I will be taking the proper time to grieve and heal & working to finish my 9th album to give you everything you deserve.

Stay safe, stay healthy. Get vaxx’d so we can breathe freely again.

Love & stitches, xx Otep xx”.

Otep Announces Fall U.S. Tour

Otep has announced a fall U.S. tour. The World Over, Sepsiss, and The Almas will open.

Tour Dates:

10/15 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joes
10/16 Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
10/17 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
10/19 Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
10/20 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
10/21 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/22 Corpus Christi, TX – Rich’s Billiards
10/23 Ft. Worth, TX – The Rail Club Live
10/24 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
10/26 Pekin, IL – Twisted Spoke Saloon
10/27 Hobart, IL – Hobart Art Theatre
10/28 Kansasville, WI – LIVE at 1175
10/29 Darien, IL – Q Bar Darien
10/30 Ft. Wayne, IN – Rockstar Lounge
10/31 Newport, KY – Thompson House Newport
11/02 New York, NY – Market Hotel
11/03 New Bedford, MA – The Vault Music Hall & Pub
11/04 Baltimore, MD – Angels Rock Bar Baltimore
11/05 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
11/06 Manchester, NH – Jewel Nightclub
11/07 Reading, PA – Reverb
11/08 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge
11/10 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
11/11 Indianapolis, IN – The Emerson Theater
11/12 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/13 Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
11/14 Madison, WI – The Annex at The Red Zone Madison
11/18 Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
11/19 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go (Otep only)

Otep Says Marilyn Manson’s Wife Would Call Her House “Hysterical Because He Was On Another Drug Binge, Threatening Her Life”

Otep has taken to social media to comment on the disturbing abuse allegations that were leveled against Marilyn Manson by Evan Rachel Wood and several other women. According to her, Manson’s current wife Lindsay Usich was friends with her ex-girlfriend and she used to call their house “hysterical because he was on another drug binge, threatening her life, throwing knives at her that stuck in the wall and verbally assaulting her.”

Here’s Otep’s full statement:

“WARNING: UNPOPULAR OPINION COMNG: Hey everyone, ok, I’ve been getting a lot of requests regarding my thoughts on Manson. I don’t normally discuss personal stuff but since all this evidence is coming out that he’s sexually & physically assaulted a number of women and minors not to mention being a sexist and a Nazi sympathizer, I’ve decided to tell you what I know:

I was a HUGE fan of his. I even wore his shirt on Ozzfest when ppl were blaming him for Columbine. And I’ve met him many times. We have mutual friends including Gene Simmons son, Nick Simmons. Manson even told one of my fans he was afraid of me after SEVAS TRA was released which I took as a HUGE compliment.

But then I dated a woman who was friends with his current wife Lyndsay (and her twin sister – who’s married to James Iha of A Perfect Circle) and Lyndsay used to call our house In the early hours & I was told she hysterical bcz he was on another drug binge, threatening her life, throwing knives at her that stuck in the wall & verbally assaulting her. We offered many times to have her come to mine bcz he would NEVER come face ME with that bullshit (believe it) but sadly she wouldn’t leave him. So, my ex would be calm and talk her down until Manson realized she was on the phone and he whoa’d down.

But then he started calling in the early hours. I was told he was paranoid, gacked out of his mind, and accusing his wife of cheating with an imaginary person who had blonde hair with a blonde mustache named “Don” who he, I’m told, saw on his security cameras and was “fucking his wife”.

Look. This is heartbreaking for all the women he’s hurt but also for all the fans who always had his back – like ME.

BUT — He’s not the Luciferian evil everyone thinks he is. He’s just a violent junkie who chooses to bully and, according to reports, physically & sexually attacks women who he thinks are weaker than he is. I say …may he rot. #OTEP”

Otep’s comments come after Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) said that he has “been vocal over the years about [his] dislike of Manson as a person” and after Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit) said that “every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true.” Since the allegations came out, California State Senator Susan Rubio has called for an investigation into Manson. Two of his exes, Rose McGowan and Dita Von Teese, have both commented as well. Von Teese’s statement was the most recent and she said that the “details made public do not match [her] personal experience” with the singer, while also adding that “abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship.” For his part, Manson claimed that the accusations “are horrible distortions of reality.”

[via Metal Injection]

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.”