VICTORY RECORDS Signs OTEP to Recording, Merchandising and Publishing Deal

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

    CHICAGO, April 6 /CNW/ -- 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."


    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.

    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. 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).


For further information:

For further information: Sarah Sneed of VICTORY RECORDS,
+1-312-666-8661, ext. 120, Web Site:

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