Otep: New Tour, New Videos
October 10, 2007
Los Angeles quartet Otep
are proud to announce new tour dates with HellYeah
. The "Balls Volume Strength
" Tour will kick off in Michigan at The Fillmore Detroit on October 30 and close out on December 7 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.
has also gone into pre-production for two brand-new videos from their upcoming album, 'The_Ascension'
. The band has called on music video director P.R. Brown
, James Blunt
) to produce the videos for “Breed
” and “Confrontation
wrote the treatment for “Confrontation
,” while frontwoman Otep Shamaya
has written the treatment for the Nirvana
.” The videos are set to be filmed in Los Angeles. Brown
has previously worked with Otep
on the video for “GhostFlowers
The upcoming tour will support the October 30 release of Otep’s
new album, 'The_Ascension'
. For the album, Otep
called on Dave Fortman
) to produce, and also enlisted Grammy-nominated guitarist Greg Tribbett
) to co-write three songs. To date, Otep
has sold over 400,000 units.
Balls Volume Strength Tour
10/30 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore (formerly State Theatre)
10/31 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
11/02 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
11/03 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
11/04 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
11/06 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
11/07 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
11/09 - Denver, CO - Fillmore
11/10 - El Paso, TX - Cohen Coliseum (KLAQ show)
11/11 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
11/13 - Santa Ana, CA Galaxy
11/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
11/16 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
11/17 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
11/23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
11/27 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater
11/28 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theater
11/30 - Ft Myers, FL - City of Palms Park (Radio show)
12/02 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
12/04 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa
12/05 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head
12/07 - Worcester, MA – The Palladium
For more info on Otep
and the "Balls Volume Strength
" Tour, visit www.myspace.com/otep
Otep On Headbangers Blog, Tour With HellYeah, Bloodsimple
October 2, 2007
, outspoken frontwoman of Los Angeles-based metal quartet Otep
, has a blog up and running at HeadbangersBlog.com
. In her powerful blog, Otep
discusses the impact that poetry has had on her songwriting.
For their new album, Otep
called on Dave Fortman
) to produce, and also enlisted Grammy
-nominated guitarist Greg Tribbett
) to co-write three songs. To date, Otep
has sold over 400,000 units.
are currently gearing up for the long-awaited release of their new album, 'The_Ascension'
on October 30 on Koch Records
, and an upcoming tour with HellYeah
, also beginning on October 30 at The Fillmore in Detroit.
10/30 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
10/31 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
11/02 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
11/03 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
11/04 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
11/07 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
11/09 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
11/10 – El Paso, TX – Cohen Stadium
Bloodsimple: Three New Songs Available For Streaming
September 7, 2007
New York metal crew Bloodsimple
will release its sophomore album, 'Red Harvest'
, on October 30 via Warner Bros
. The CD's first single, "Out to Get You
", is expected to go for radio adds on September 17. Three songs from the upcoming effort are currently streaming on the band's MySpace page
"This record is definitely a step up from the last one," says guitarist Nick Rowe
"We tried to write more as a band this time," adds guitarist Mike Kennedy
. "The last record was written a lot on ProTools and it was a little more structured whereas on this record we tried to open it up a little bit and make it feel like a real band wrote it. I think we definitely achieved that, for sure."
was produced by Machine
(Lamb Of God
, White Zombie
). The LP will contain around 11 tracks, including "Dead Man Walking
", the title cut and "El Myr
" — the name of an Atlanta burrito bar the band loves to visit while on the road.
Bloodsimple Added To Family Values Tour
July 30, 2007
New York metal crew Bloodsimple has reportedly been added to the second-stage lineup on this summer's Family Values tour.
Bloodsimple's sophomore album, 'Red Harvest', is due later this summer. The album was produced by Machine (Lamb Of God, White Zombie). The LP will contain around 11 tracks, including "Dead Man Walking", the title cut and "El Myr" — the name of an Atlanta burrito bar the band loves to visit while on the road.
"This record is definitely a step up from the last one," says guitarist Nick Rowe.
"We tried to write more as a band this time," adds guitarist Mike Kennedy. "The last record was written a lot on ProTools and it was a little more structured whereas on this record we tried to open it up a little bit and make it feel like a real band wrote it. I think we definitely achieved that, for sure."
Bloodsimple Bassist Issues Update
May 29, 2007
Bloodsimple bassist Kyle Sanders has issued the following update:
"We just wrapped up a week with our buddies in HellYeah and the shows couldn't have been better. Vinnie Paul is BACK IN ACTION!!! Damn good thing to see. We can honestly say to the fiveies we hit...you guys are completely insane!! Holy sit!! We got to play five [songs] ...finally... and now we can officially say we're back! Record/DVD combo should hit Europe in July with U.S. release to coincide or immediately follow. We have three days at home then go hook up with Slayer for our European festival run. Also will have U.S. summer tour plans to announce in the next week or two."
Bloodsimple's sophomore album, tentatively titled 'Red Harvest', was produced by Machine (Lamb Of God, White Zombie). The LP will contain around 11 tracks, including "Dead Man Walking", "Dark Helmet", the title cut and "El Myr" — the name of an Atlanta burrito bar the band loves to visit while on the road.
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YEAR FORMED: 2002
HOME TOWN: New York, NY
Tim Williams (vocals)
Mike Kennedy (guitar)
Nick Rowe (guitar)
Kyle Sanders (bass)
Chris Hamilton (drums)
bloodsimple don’t want to be judged by the merits of their past, but they know that it’s probably going to happen. And they’re ready.“People are going to be blindsided by this record, and I can say that with confidence—I think this is my greatest work,” says frontman Tim Williams, who along with guitarist Mike Kennedy, spawned bloodsimple from the ashes of their acclaimed metal-core outfit Vision Of Disorder. While VOD were visionaries on the heavy music front, bloodsimple offered the pair an opportunity to stretch their musical muscles, further expanding their hard-hitting dynamics from sheer aggression and amplified rage, to subtle soundscapes that stress their uninhibited extremes.“Tim and I had talked about doing this type of project for awhile, and when VOD came to an end, we realized that this didn’t have to be a project, it could be a band,” says Kennedy. The duo began collaborating on bloodsimple in late 2001, but it wasn’t until the addition of guitarist Nick Rowe nearly a year later that, according to Kennedy, “we really took off—That’s when we really started writing three-dimensional songs.”Rowe, a classically trained musician with rock roots and more than a decade of jazz schooling, was sharpening his teeth as a producer when a mutual friend introduced him to the VOD veterans. “I knew nothing about them or their band when I first met them, and I think that was kind of good,” says Rowe. “No one knew what to expect, and it naturally worked itself out. When we met, we met in the middle, and the middle turned out to be something interesting.”Interesting. Invigorating. Annihilating. And Pacifying. The opening track “Straight Hate,” swings like a sledgehammer with blinding fury, while its album-closing bookend, “Plunder,” sweeps the senses with a peaceful bidding and subdued calm. “Blood In Blood Out” is a soul-searing blitzkrieg of sensory overload, “The Leaving Song” takes a soul-searching sonic step back, while “Sell Me Out” offers a melody-infused medium, offering the keenest insight into a band that isn’t afraid to nurse the wounds they so readily inflict. “Lyrics are important to me, and I go over them with a fine-tooth comb,” says Williams. “I put love into them, I put hate into them, I speak to people through the music, and don’t want to be some stereotypical guy that’s writing about fucking chicks and getting drunk—that’s so cliché.”And cliché is something bloodsimple will never be.“I wrote ‘Straight Hate,’ because I was reading articles about the war in Iraq, and how difficult it was for the soldiers over there. I wanted to write something where the words would help them through the day. It’s not political a song—I don’t care about the reasons they’re there, I just know that they are there, and it’s difficult for them and their families and that’s enough for me.”Other songs range from the emotional release of a loved one on “Plunder,” written with Kennedy on a cliff in Maine, to the painted picture of a relationship gone south in “Sell Me Out.” Then there’s “Flatlined,” a song that took an emotional turn for Williams after it was written. “I actually wrote that song from the shoes of a junkie, it’s about addiction, the feeling you get from leading that life, and one day just never waking up. One of my best friends loved that song, and he ended up dying just like in the song—A song like that really sets us apart and makes bloodsimple what we are.” “Half of this album is brutal, and the other half… You don’t even know where it’s coming from, yet it’s all a part of the same album,” says bassist Kyle Sanders, whose previous credits include the industrial-metal trailblazers Skrew, as well as a more recent tenure with Medication. “The dynamics of this band are just unreal—It never feels like it’s too fast or too slow, but there’s still a range that goes from one extreme to the other, without ever compromising either.”It was that bold disregard for genre constraints—and their incendiary live show—that attracted Mudvayne frontman Chad Gray to bloodsimple, making them the first release on his Bullygoat Records imprint of Warner Bros. Records. “bloodsimple opened for Mudvayne in Philadelphia, and it didn’t take long for me to understand that they have the songs, energy, ability and live performance needed to captivate an audience.”“This is the band I’ve always wanted to be in,” echoes drummer Chris Hamilton, a former member of Downset and Medication who’s also recorded for such scalding acts as Crisis and My Ruin. “bloodsimple is a collective, and everybody brings something really strong to the table, there’s no weak link in this band. Most of us have done this before as a profession, and we wanted this one to be the real one for the long haul.”More than anything, says Kennedy, “bloodsimple is inspired by musical freedom.”“I love straight-up heavy bands, but that’s not what we’re doing,” agrees the frontman. “I love to sing, and I love to scream, and the older you get, the more influences you have. We want to take listeners on a journey, and we sequenced the album that way—It takes you from the gate and smashes you in the head, but then it takes you to a different place. We didn’t want to run with the pack—We knew that bloodsimple would never be like other bands.”