Iconic rockersOTEPare about to unveil they’re most uncompromising, candid, all-inclusive and controversial assessment of the current residing political regime that they have ever released in the form of their eighth full-length album, aptly titledKult 45. Drawing influences from politically-charged recording artists of the past but allowing her artwork to remain fully and undeniablyOTEP, Otep Shamaya continues her nearly two-decade invasion of the senses on July 27, 2018 whenKult 45drops via Napalm Records. This isOTEPlike you’ve never heard them before.
Kult 45is available for pre-order now exclusively via theNapalm Records Online Store, and will be available in CD (jewel case) format with bonus tracks and Vinyl format in black, as well as individual red and gold Vinyl colors (each Napalm Records exclusives). Digital pre-orders will become available soon.
Throughout the span of her career, Otep Shamaya has been an undeniable force in bringing awareness via various acclaimed mediums to social and political injustices felt by various communities and subcultures. For years, publicationshave lauded Shamaya for “following in the footsteps of outspoken musicians from folk singerWoody GuthrietoRage 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, it’s prime time forOTEPto make their voices heard in their primary medium – song.
“You can expect a complete and total mutiny of the senses onKult 45,”says Shamaya. “That said, it’s important for fans to know that this record is not just an indictment of Trump. The idea was rather to empower people to stand up and remind themthis is our countryandwe have the power.It’s primarily a rallying cry for people with common sense and good-natured patriots to rise up and know thatwe 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 was important to me that what I was sending a clear and concise message to the Resistance – the people out there bending the barricades and fighting for justice is this country.”
Kult 45was recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, completely utilizing the same equipment usedOTEP’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 45was self-produced by the band, with assistant engineering from Larry Goetz, Nicolas Schilke and Lizzy Ostro.
Shamaya explains thatKult 45is the most authentic albumOTEPhas ever released, at least since their first record, and self-producing it helped achieve this result.“We had the freedom to be able to write, record and exist within the songs onKult 45. Things needed to be said and songs needed to be written that reflect the times. We weren’t under anyone else’s agenda, there was no pressure to create a “single” or a song for radio, and the band was really able to shine.”
Kult 45 track listing: 1- Hail To The Thief 2- Halt Right 3- Molotov 4- Said The Snake 5- Undefeated 6- Trigger Warning 7- Cross Contamination 8- Shelter In Place 9- Boss 10- To The Gallows 11- Sirens Calling 12- Invisible People 13- Be Brave 14- Wake Up (cover of Rage Against the Machine) 15- Feral Oracle (Bonus Track) 16- The Tribe Speaks (Bonus Track)
OTEPdoes not hold back onKult 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, majorKult 45writing inspiration, and original track recording artistsRage Against The Machine– as well as a unique finisher, “The Tribe Speaks”, featuring recorded voicemails from fans expressing howOTEP’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.”
OTEPwill go out on a headline tour supportingKult 45, 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.
OTEP 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 – 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 – w/ Kore RozZik 7/20 – Reading, PA @ Reverb – Rock Room# 7/21 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance# 7/22 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works# 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& * w/ Dropout Kings & One Day Waiting # w/ Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik & w/ Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday