Iconic rockers OTEP recently announced the upcoming release of their eighth full-length album, scheduled to release later this year via Napalm Records. OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya says: “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.”
OTEP is thrilled to announce that they will head out on a headline tour supporting the new album, beginning July 5 in Las Vegas, NV at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The tour will run for nearly a month and a half, coming to an end in Ventura, CA on August 18. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.
Shamaya adds, “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.”
Summer 2018 Headline Tour Dates:
7/5 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
7/7 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre
7/8 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
7/9 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
7/11 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
7/12 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge
7/13 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest @ CV Music Festivals – hosted by Lou Brutus
7/14 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
7/15 – Detroit, MI @ Diesel Concert Lounge
7/17 – Toronto, ON @ The Rockpile
7/18 – Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey
7/19 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
7/20 – Reading, PA @ Reverb – Rock Room
7/21 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
7/23 – Warrendale, PA @ Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
7/25 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
7/26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
7/27 – Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon Concert Club
7/28 – Findlay, OH @ All American Rock House
7/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
8/1 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Ruins Live
8/2 – Austin, TX @ Come & Take It Live
8/3 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
8/4 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
8/5 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box
8/7 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
8/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
8/9 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
8/10 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
8/11 – Anaheim, CA @ The Parish @ House of Blues
8/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
8/14 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/15 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
8/17 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
8/18 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
OTEP’s new album will not only exhibit the band’s proven musical talents, but will also explore topics that vocalist and bandleader Otep Shamaya feels adamant about – relating to activism and social education. The album promises to be a politically-charged force of expression, following in the footsteps of activism-focused recording artists like Rage Against the Machine, Woodie Guthrie and others. This is OTEP like you’ve never heard them before.
Stay tuned for more details coming soon regarding OTEP’s new album.
OTEP is an explosion of inspiration and motivation, empowered by their dedication to the arts, being a voice for the voiceless and fighting injustice. OTEP follows in the footsteps of fellow activism-focused recording artists like Prophets of Rage, Woodie Guthrie and others as the next, most aggressive chapter of musical social change.
Originally discovered by Jack and Sharon Osbourne in Los Angeles, OTEP was offered to play Ozzfest as an unsigned band and was the first female fronted band to play the touring festival. Nominated by GLAAD for Outstanding Artist Award alongside Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, she won MTV’s prestigious Best Video for “Music With A Message” award. The singer, writer and activist spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 on behalf of Rock The Vote. A celebrated spoken word artist, OTEP has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry twice, recorded an unreleased poetry album and authored three books of poetry. She has also authored a book of short stories titled Movies In My Head and produced and directed an audiobook of one of the stories titled Pinebox Jake. Utilizing her incredibly dynamic vocal range, OTEP also succeeds as a voiceover artist, appearing in many projects such as the award-winning video game The Last Of Us and in feature films including THE HOBBIT: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
Formed from the poetic marrow of creative intercourse, OTEP is far more than a band. OTEP is an art movement, a revolution; breaking ground. Breaking rules. Breaking barriers. Articulate. Aggressive. Pure Adrenaline. ARTcore of Heavy Mental Rock.