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.”

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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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9Electric Added To Otep’s Current Tour

Considering Otep recently kicked The Convalescence off her current headlining tour, she has decided to recruit 9Electric for most of the final leg of the trek. Here’s the remaining dates:

06/23 Marietta, OH – Adelphia Music Hall (no 9Electric)
06/24 Cincinnati, OH – Madfrog (no 9Electric)
06/25 Louisville, KY – Trixies (no 9Electric)
06/27 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
06/28 Waterloo, IA – Reverb
06/30 Oklahoma City, OK – The Shrine
07/01 Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
07/03 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
07/05 Mesa, AZ – Club Red

Otep Kicks The Convalescence Off Her Current Tour

Otep has apparently kicked The Convalescence off her current headlining tour. You can see what they had to say about that below.

The Convalescence’s statement:

“We will no longer be a part of the remaining dates of “The Resistance Tour” with Otep. After years spent on the road touring worldwide and never having a problem, this is a first. Otep kicked us off the tour after already loading in for tonight’s event in Pittsburgh.

This stemming from an alleged incident that occurred in Michigan two nights previously where claims were made that we sold merchandise during the intro of their set.

This was not the first time being threatened to remove us from the tour. First happening in Jacksonville, FL after their driver accused us of buying weed from venue staff the night before and went as far as to say we forced a venue runner to drive with him and a kid in the car to pick it up. This was in an attempt to take the heat off the driver himself because he called the police on the bands guitarist after an argument between them that morning.

In both instances, we were unable to explain or make any attempt to approach the situation since even after 50+ dates as direct support- unless she felt the need to threaten to kick us off the tour and belittle us, we weren’t even allowed in the same room.

After being told we were not needed on the tour, that we were not helping the attendance, we were simply a time filler and countless other negative comments about us being part of this tour we came to a mutual decision that we could no longer share a stage together.

We are all about being team players on the road. After going out of our way with things like covering her merch table every night during their set, helping the band with security at understaffed venues, and helping her band and crew load in and out daily. We were met with only disrespect from Otep herself.

We have no hard feelings towards her hired band and crew but Otep is an absolute nightmare to work with.

Again, we apologize to any of our fans that had planned to see us on this tour. Thanks for your continued support and we’ll see you on the road this Fall!”

Otep also commented:

“We had to remove one of our opening acts. We do our best to give our tour package an opportunity to play for our fans who are the most loyal & Passionate people on the planet, but if the band begins to act entitled or jeopardizes our message then they gotta go.

I’m sure rumors will be abound about this but it’s for the greater good & we will give another band who appreciates & are grateful to play on our stage an opportunity to live their art with us.

Thank you, My TRIBE, for your unending support & belief, It matters. xoxo OTEP.”