Otherwise Premiere “Angry Heart” Music Video

Otherwise have premiered a new video for “Angry Heart,” via Loudwire. This song is from their new album “Sleeping Lions,” which was released today (September 22). The track listing for that can be found at the bottom of this post.

Frontman Adrian Patrick commented:

“The concept for the video of ‘Angry Heart’ is specifically constructed around the lyric line: ‘So who is all bite and who is all bark? The Wolf of Light or the Wolf of Dark?’ I gave our director, Mike Watts, some insight into my own struggles with anger and alcohol, and trying to find a balance between my new life as a family man and my lifelong musical mission. He devised this brilliant, provocative storyline that serves as an analogy for my inner battles… do I follow the overwhelming love for my family and give up on the fire of my passion, or vice versa? Having the entire band act in the video itself helped to capture the authenticity of our plight. The video is a powerfully honest piece and it feels good to be so proud of it.”

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Otherwise Premiere Songs “Angry Heart” &”Close To The Gods”

Otherwise have premiered two new songs titled “Angry Heart” and “Close To The Gods.” These tracks are from their new album “Sleeping Lions,” which will be released on September 22.

Adrian Patrick said the following about “Angry Heart”:

“The initial spark for ‘Angry Heart’ took place on a cross-country flight from New York to L.A. I was watching UFC on the in-flight entertainment and the fighter, Cyborg, was giving an interview in which she basically said, ‘I am a pretty nice person outside of the ring. I don’t know why I fight with such an angry heart.’ Upon landing on the West Coast, I told my brother about what she said and the lyrics just flowed out of me, like a molten poem of rage. For whatever reason, be it how our father raised us to fight for what we believe in, we completely related to Cyborg’s statement. Personally, I’ve always felt like I was waging some kind of spiritual war, but I didn’t know why, until my sons were born. Those two beautiful boys have utterly redefined the ‘good fight’ for me. Anger is a gift, if utilized properly, and we plan to somehow make the world a slightly better place by using that righteous fire for positive goals.”

He also added the following about “Close To The Gods”:

“[It] is a reluctant acknowledgement of our own mortality. We’ve reached some of the pinnacles of worldly achievement; personally, professionally and physically, only to see them succumb to the trappings of human frailty. But by leaving this song, for future generations, as a monument to the blessings that true grit and perseverance can garner in this realm, we hope to enjoy even just a taste of immortality in the next.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Otherwise To Release New Album “Sleeping Lions” In September

Otherwise have announced that their new album “Sleeping Lions” will be released on September 22. The track listing for that can be found at the bottom of this post.

Frontman Adrian Patrick commented:

“We named the album Sleeping Lions because that’s what we feel like — we’ve been hibernating in our neon desert cave, licking our wounds and regaining our strength for the hunt. Now we’re back on the prowl again, and our eyes are wide open. The album title absolutely references a bigger awareness of who we are and what we’re capable of. The last thing you ever want to do is wake sleeping lions.”

“Emotion is the most important element of our writing process. We try to capture every aspect of the human condition so the subject matter of our songs runs the gauntlet of what it means to be alive. Every lyric comes from a very genuine and heartfelt place. There are no fictional storylines or tough-guy rhetoric in any of our tunes.”

“As artists, evolution is the lifeblood of creativity. We spread our musical wings a bit more on this album in a concerted effort to remain true to ourselves and not conform to what others expect of us. Rock and roll is all about taking risks, and that’s what we do best. If we were forced to stagnate or remain trapped in the same stylistic box, the fire inside us would burn itself out.”

“Sleeping Lions” Track Listing:

01. “Angry Heart”
02. “Sleeping Lions”
03. “Suffer”
04. “Nothing to Me”
05. “Weapons”
06. “Crocodile Tears”
07. “Close to the Gods”
08. “Dead in the Air”
09. “Beautiful Monster”
10. “Blame”
11. “Bloodline Lullaby”

[via Loudwire]

Otherwise Announce 2017 Tour With Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta

Otherwise have announced summer U.S. tour. The band will also be joined by Through Fire and Righteous Vendetta on a majority of the dates.

Tour Dates:

06/03 Las Vegas, NV – Scars and Stripes Festival
06/09 Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley
06/11 South Bend, IN – WRBR’s Big Growl 6
06/13 Rockford, IL – District Bar and Grill
06/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge (with Through Fire)
06/16 Ringle, WI – The Q & Z Expo Center (with Through Fire)
06/17 Woodstock, IL – Offsides Sports Bar & Grill (with Through Fire)
06/20 Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory (with Through Fire)
06/21 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop (with Through Fire)
06/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Club Lounge (with Through Fire)
06/23 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club (with Through Fire)
06/27 Winston-Salem, NC – Johnny N Junes (with Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta)
06/28 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans Pub & Music Hall (with Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta)
06/29 Charlotte, NC – The Underground (Fillmore Charlotte) (with Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta)
06/30 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge (with Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta)
07/01 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (with Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta)
07/03 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall (with Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta)
07/05 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey (with Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta)
07/08 Ignacio, CO – Sky Ute Casino Resort
07/09 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre (with Through Fire)
07/11 St. Louis, MO – Fubar (with Through Fire)
07/12 Louisville, KY – Trixie’s Entertainment Complex (with Through Fire)
07/14 Mansfield, OH – Ink In The Clink
07/16 Springfield, MO – The Regency Live (with Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta)
07/18 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep (with Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta)

Vassilios Metropoulos Leaves Otherwise

Otherwise bassist, Vassilios Metropoulos, has left the band to pursue “other life interests.” The band is now holding open auditions for anyone interested in becoming their new bassist.

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The band issued the following statement to Loudwire:

“After 3 1/2 years of brotherhood, our bass player Vassilios Metropoulos will be parting ways with OTHERWISE to pursue other life interests. His last show with the band will be this Sunday, December 21, at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI.

Working with Vassilios has been an incredibly unique experience, as he has progressed from crew guy to rhythm guitar player to bass player, while also being a “jack-of-all-trades” in various disciplines behind-the-scenes. We thank him for his many tireless hours of hard work, and wish him nothing but the best as he embarks upon the next journey in his life. #LifeByMusic #Brotherhood #ThePhoenixWillAlwaysRise

Anyone interested in submitting an audition to be our next bass player -> send a bio, picture and links to video clips (if possible) to otherwisebass@gmail.com

– The Wise Guys”