OTEP, the band led by singer, poet, illustrator, author and activist Otep Shamaya, recently announced the release of its eighth full-length album, due later this year via Napalm Records. 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 has announced that its will head out on a headline tour supporting the new album, beginning July 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. The trek will run for nearly a month and a half, coming to an end in Ventura, California on August 18.
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."
Jul. 05 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Jul. 06 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
Jul. 07 - Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre
Jul. 08 - Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
Jul. 09 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Jul. 11 - Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Jul. 12 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge
Jul. 13 - Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest @ CV Music Festivals
Jul. 14 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Jul. 15 - Detroit, MI @ Diesel Concert Lounge
Jul. 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Rockpile
Jul. 18 - Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey
Jul. 19 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Jul. 20 - Reading, PA @ Reverb - Rock Room
Jul. 21 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Jul. 23 - Warrendale, PA @ Jergel's Rhythm Grille
Jul. 25 - Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
Jul. 26 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Jul. 27 - Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon Concert Club
Jul. 28 - Findlay, OH @ All American Rock House
Jul. 29 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Aug. 01 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ruins Live
Aug. 02 - Austin, TX @ Come & Take It Live
Aug. 03 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
Aug. 04 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Aug. 05 - San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box
Aug. 07 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Aug. 08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Aug. 09 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
Aug. 10 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
Aug. 11 - Anaheim, CA @ The Parish @ House of Blues
Aug. 12 - Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
Aug. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Aug. 15 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Aug. 17 - Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
Aug. 18 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
OTEP's new album will not only exhibit the band's proven musical talents, itt will also explore topics that Shamaya feels adamant about — relating to activism and social education. The disc 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 new album will follow OTEP's previous full-length, "Generation Doom", released via Napalm Records in 2016. The critically acclaimed effort debuted at #10 on the Independent chart, #7 on the Rock chart, #4 on the Hard Rock chart and #109 on the Top 200 Albums chart.