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Hear Otep Call Out Trump And His Administration In New Song “To The Gallows”


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Otep have released a lyric video for their new single “To The Gallows“. It’s the first track to be launched from the band’s new album, “Kult 45“, out July 27th on Napalm Records. If you’ve heard the previous teaser for the song, it should be no surprise that it targets current U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration. The band’s frontwoman/namesake Otep Shamaya commented of the song:

“Art is resistance. Art allows us to fightback without violence. This song, ‘To the Gallows‘, is meant to shine a light on Traitor Trump’s attacks on the Constitution, on Healthcare, on the LGBTQ+, the African American, Hispanic and Muslim communities, DREAMERS, and women’s reproductive rights.

Not to mention that this spurious President might have committed just a little bit of light treason, but this is why we rally, this is why we march, and this is why I write. Because when I look back someday I want to know that I did everything in my power as an artist, activist and citizen, to stop him and his bigoted embryonic autocracy.”

Billboard.com premiered the track and spoke to Shamaya further of her intent with the track and the album:

“For me this song is a reminder that Trump needs to be held accountable for his crimes and he also needs to be reminded that the American people are the ones that have the true power in this country, and I want people to remember that. My hope is not only does it give people the courage to stand strong but it also gives them an opportunity to feel connected and sing along and feel empowered. Who knows, maybe the next time a rally comes around or a rally needs to be made, they’ll be open to being part of it.”

She continued:

“It’s meant to provoke. I hope it does. I’ve never been afraid to stand by what I say. I don’t worry about what some of his supporters might say. I don’t think they’re necessarily gonna be fans of my music anyway simply because of who I am — a loud-mouthed lesbian radical who’s fighting for the working class. That’s not normally what people who support Trump are appreciative of. I just make sure I’m not just running off at the mouth without actually knowing something about what I’m upset about.”

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