For Immediate Release
August 15, 2018
OTEP Condemns Hate Groups in New Anthem "Molotov", Watch via New Lyric Video
New Album, Kult 45, Out Now via Napalm Records
Physical + Merch - Napalm Records Online Store
Digital - All Retailers
Late last month, iconic heavy rockers OTEP unleashed their most uncompromising, candid, all-inclusive and controversial assessment of the current residing political regime that they have ever released - the new album Kult 45. Following up on the release of their NRA-opposing music video for the track "Shelter in Place", OTEP have revealed another new video for the anti-hate group, Nazi-stomping anthem, "Molotov". Check out the new lyric video here: https://youtu.be/ApmzKshXJDs
Kult 45 is available now in digital formats here, and/or CD and vinyl formats via the Napalm Records Online Store. You can also stream Kult 45 in full via Spotify here. While online, watch a new 20+ minute documentary about the making of Kult 45, performing together as a band, and more, here: https://youtu.be/titpZgl4F6Q
"Protest music is alive on well on Otep Shamaya's new bible for dissenters." - Alternative Press
"Kult 45 sees OTEP at their controversial best, assessing and tackling the issues swimming around the political pool party that currently harbours their capital." - Metal Wani
"OTEP speaks out, savages President Trump and stands tall on Kult 45." - Salt Lake City Weekly
"[OTEP] is a powerful voice for civil rights, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community, for the working class, for animal rights." - Reading Eagle
"OTEP's message is one that needs to be heard." - Jamestown Post-Journal
Throughout the span of her career, Otep Shamaya has been an undeniable force in bringing awareness via various acclaimed mediums to the social and political injustices felt by various communities and subcultures. For years, publications such as Revolver Magazine have lauded Shamaya for "following in the footsteps of outspoken musicians from folk singer Woody Guthrie to Rage Against The Machine's Zach de la Rocha", dubbing her "one of music's catalysts for social change". So, with the political climate as it is today, now it's the perfect time to impact with Kult 45.
Kult 45 was recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, completely utilizing the same equipment used for OTEP's first album, Sevas Tra (down to Shamaya's vocal microphone, a SHURE Beta 58), in order to create a sound reminiscent of their roots. Kult 45 was self-produced by Otep Shamaya and Aristotle, with assistant engineering from Larry Goetz, Nicolas Schilke and Lizzy Ostro.
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, "Shelter In Place" investigates the topic of school shootings, and "Trigger Warning" targets rape culture - specifically Stanford rapist Brock Turner -with a vengeance.
One of the last tracks on the album is a true-to-form cover of "Wake Up" - an homage to political music icons, major Kult 45 writing inspirations, and original track recording artists Rage Against The Machine. The album closes with the bonus track "The Tribe Speaks", featuring recorded voicemails from fans expressing how OTEP's music has changed their lives. Shamaya says the voicemails are truly moving and keep her fighting as an artist and activist.
OTEP is on the road supporting Kult 45 now. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.
Remaining OTEP Summer 2018 Headline Tour Dates:
8/15 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
8/17 - Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
8/18 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
8/19 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick (support from Ragdoll Sunday only)
w/ Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday
Otep Shamaya: Vocals
Drewski Barnes: Bass
Justin Kier: Drums
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