Fri 7/27 @ 6:30PM
Anyone who is familiar with the career of Otep Shamaya, the confrontational frontwoman for the relentlessly heavy Otep, knows what the title of the brand new Otep album Kult 45 refers to. Shamaya has never held back on her rage against the wrongs of society, in her music or her social media with which she connects to her very loyal base of followers. Whether she’s advocating for abused kids or animal rights, or railing against the current president, she pulls no punches, and anyone who thinks music shouldn’t be political can just take a hike.
The band debuted in 2000, a time when creative alternative metal bands such as Otep were pushing beyond the boundaries of 90s grunge and nu metal. Since then there have been seven albums — Kult 45 is the eighth — and a long parade of musicians, but Shamaya herself has kept the focus on standing up against injustice with creativity, power and art.
In the press release for the new album, she says, “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. 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.”
Otep will be performing at the Odeon in the Flats with the Battle, Eyes for Humanity and Nekronik opening. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.