Victory Records Signs Otep To Recording, Merchandising And Publishing Deal

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VICTORY RECORDS Signs OTEP to Recording, Merchandising and Publishing Deal

CHICAGO, Apr. 7 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

            'Smash The Control Machine' in stores August 18th, 2009

    VICTORY RECORDS has signed Los Angeles recording artist OTEP. OTEP's all encompassing musical

approach coupled with her shaman like artistic qualities and other creative musings have lead to over half a

million albums sold over the course of three studio albums. Singer, songwriter, renegade Otep Shamaya

describes the band's music as ... "a total and complete mutiny on the senses. We are a fusion band by nature,

inspired by many styles and tones from a variety of musical genres- rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, spoken word,

jazz and classic rock. We never allow the antiquated limits of a genre confine or restrict us. Our music is

universal and does not belong nor can it be contained in a nice, neat, little box."

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    The first release under the new alliance is OTEP's highly anticipated fourth full-length studio album "Smash

the Control Machine". The new studio album will be released August 18, 2009. Ms. Shamaya says of the

album, "The economic crisis is hitting every working family in this country. The album and its title track,

"Smash The Control Machine", will lay bare the greed and corruption that fostered this calamity, but will also

focus on the undying spirit of the working class that always fights the good fight. The title is a line from a

William S. Burroughs poem. It is my intention to create an album that serves every head of the hydra that is

OTEP. From poetry, to politics, to shock and awe, to sex and righteousness, to standing up and fighting back.

Like the mystical symbol of the Ouroboros (the sacred serpent swallowing its tail) all things will be brought

back to circle."

    OTEP was originally signed after only four shows, without a demo, strictly on the power of the band's live

performance. Sharon Osbourne offered the unsigned act a spot on the 2001 Ozzfest Tour leading to three

appearances on the festival.

    The band's leader, Otep Shamaya, is well respected for her lyrical content and dramatic live performances.

She has also published two books of poetry, spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, is a gifted

painter and Revolver Magazine compared OTEP to Woodie Guthrie and Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the

Machine) for her fusing of political activism and music. Some of the primary groups that she supports are

RAINN, Carbon Rally, PETA and WSPA. She is also an accomplished television personality having appeared

on HBO's "Def Poetry" (twice), Bravo's "Date My Ex" and TLC's "L.A. Ink".

    Otep had this to say about signing with VICTORY, "When I received the news of a possible

OTEP/VICTORY alliance I could swear I felt the sky tremble. This triumvirate (of myself, my manager Jack

Ponti and Victory Records) is going to be a terrifying coalition for some and a righteous confederation for

others. For me, this is exactly the kind of circumstance I have been waiting for. I believe my creative,

intellectual and political instincts and inclinations will flourish alongside the fertile minds of Jack Ponti, Tony

Brummel and the amazing staff at Victory."

    Victory Records Founder Tony Brummel said, "Signing an artist of OTEP's caliber, intelligence, work ethic

and artistic diversity sensibly expands our diverse and formidable roster. I am personally enamored by her

work and believe that she has yet to realize a fraction of her potential. More importantly, her art and music

have crucial meaning in a time when people need change, hope and something to believe in. We have the

tools, she has the material and together we will build a culturally formidable fortress."

    Manager Jack Ponti had this to add, "It both thrills and honors me to be working with OTEP and Victory

Records. In my thirty years in this business, it's always been about the proper 'marriage'. I cannot convey how

excited I am about the possibilities of these daunting forces joining together in what promises to be a

thunderous union."

    In addition to lending her support to numerous groups and causes (some being the genocide in Darfur,

Women's and artists' rights, Marriage Equality, the war in the Congo and support of President Obama), Ms.

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Shamaya, an accomplished, captivating and astute technophile, has started the social networks "All Shapes

and Sizes", along with "Girls Out Now". On December 21, 2008 she created a popular and highly trafficked

blog entitled, "I'm Not A Monster". The site was an instant success and a reliable source for current events and

her latest musings. Her loyal and passionate fan base are active followers of her frequent Facebook and

Twitter postings. Coupled with Victory's proprietary marketing and promotional platforms (VicTorV,

VictorStream, VictoryMetal and VictorME) a truly interactive and real-time artist/fan/label fusion has been

realized for selling music in 2009.

    In closing Otep wanted to add the following quote from Sylvia Plath: 

    "I don't believe that the meek will inherit the earth: the meek get ignored and trampled. They decompose in

the bloody soil of war, of business, of art, and they rot into the warm ground under the spring rains. It is the

bold, the loud-mouthed, the cruel, the vital, the revolutionaries, the might in arms and will, who march over the

soft patient flesh that lies beneath their cleated boots." 


    Victory Records, Inc. is the top independent rock label in the United

States and one of the world's leading, privately held, independent record

companies. The company currently has two albums charting on the Billboard Top

200 (chart date 4/28/2009).



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