Cody Perez, singer of Portland's own Amerakin Overdose, calls out Otep on her recent behavior.
Known for having no filter, Cody apparently has had enough of Otep Shamaya, and lashes out via social media. Otep retaliates much to the dismay of the rest of Amerakin Overdose and an all out twitter war ensues.
See the interaction below.
These are straight from Facebook and Twitter
Cody: Fuck this piece of shit! The band is terrible and she's full of shit! I will never attend a show Otep plays. The only times I have seen her live is because of the other bands playing with her. A recent live stream she posted she said "Local bands DONT sell tickets!" She's full of shit. I have plenty of friends that have opened for Otep and sold tickets. She claims the local promoter is the one who decides if locals open. In my experience, the local promoter allows local bands to open IF the touring manager asks for locals. There is plenty of times the local promoter will say "The touring manager doesn't want locals." If the touring manager is asking for local support it's because they know Otep can't fill the place themselves and they NEED the help of the local bands for a crowd. Otep is a fucking joke! For someone that tries to put herself in the positive light she brings a lot of negativity. Here's to you Otep
Here is what former Amerakin Overdose bassist Brandon Sills had to say:
Otep. I do not understand exactly why you are continuously responding to tweets or messages the way that you're doing it. I don't know if it's you giving people the publicity or your means to fight back. But when you say my former band's vocalist is a homophobe, I will take issue officially.
During my time as a bassist for Amerakin Overdose, I was met with a level of respect and kindness that should be exerted when you barely know people. As time progressed, we had bonded on a level that was almost like the special missing ingredient to a mix. I was given an opportunity with them and I am forever grateful for it, regardless if I personally continue to pursue music as a career or not, on my own, or if I rejoin them.
Who gives a fuck if you're counting your Franklins, Grants and Jacksons on the way to the bank? Gloating about it publicly not only to the fans, but also to the haters, makes it seem perhaps that you have succumbed to greed? Personally, I'd be happy to have enough cash to just make the monthly ends meet, and enough fun money on the side perhaps to pay for my own touring.
Not my right to judge others per se, when it comes to business and money though...
But when you call my family homophobes, I take issue. I might not be the poster child for a Folsom Street spit roast, but I'll be damned if one of the nicest motherfuckers in music I've ever met, let alone worked with, is called a homophobe by one of my own.
Whatever you are doing right now, is to yourself. Even if it's bad press. They say bad press is just as good as good press. Well, the moment I get dragged into this, I officially have a problem. From what I have seen via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Theprp.com, and the likes... I have no real words for it. Just a disgusting taste in my mouth, that someone who openly identifies as a lesbian, a vegan, an activist... can not only call my family homophobes, but also possibly suggest to another bandmate that he has no black friends (perhaps a stab at the phrase "white privilege") on your Twitter account.
We get it that you've been in the business for 15 years. We get that you have 7 albums. We get that you have "singles" that have charted on Billboard and all that.
The question is, is all of this responding to the hate necessary? The whole story about The Convalescence blowing up into this, because of some he said she said regarding events related to your tour?
I would have handled things way better to be honest. But I'm not a lesbian, a vegan, or an activist, or straight edge, or any other label you identify with.
I'm a gay autistic spiritual metalhead who has treated everybody I've come across with the respect they deserve until they prove otherwise. I'd take a bullet for every life I've changed for the better, and I'd take a bullet for my AOD family. They'd do the same for me. So if you're going to attack them, you're attacking me in kind.
With all that said, get off your high horse and start treating people with respect and kindness.
Whose side are you on?
It’s a very energetic and colorful interpretation of a very energetic and colorful song. Chronological Injustice’s new official video for “Pendulum,” is straight-forward and vibrant. Actually, that is a really great depiction of Chronological Injustice as a whole.
Chronological Injustice is a young band out of Portland, Oregon. Not young as in, “haven’t been around for very long,” (because they have been around for quite a while.) I mean young, as in their youngest member, Gunner DuGrey, (also in Vicious Rumors) is 18.
The video has camera panning, side-to-side, and forward and backward movement that is quickly becoming a signature move for HotKarlProductions. The camera angles greatly enhance what could have been just a “live” video. While just a live video would have been fine for Chronological Injustice, because their fervor and energy are both audible and visual in any scenario, the implementation of the shots, juxtaposed with the vivid background in the magical graffiti courtyard selected for the shoot are effective. The colorful location, the extreme energy of the band, and their downplayed wardrobe make this video incredibly interesting.
See video below
There are great shots of nature, highlighting a particular member, peppered throughout the video: the city, a lake, and a field with an old barn. While the shots likely weren’t critical, they add to the appeal of the overall feel. Obvious attention was paid to focus on each member at the point(s) in the song where their performance stood out (guitar solos, brutal vocals, cool drum parts), and there are many spots. It is done very smartly so that it doesn’t look planned, staged, or timed.
It feels like a well thought out organic video of five guys, with incredibly good hair and tons of energy, playing in a heavily (and beautifully) vandalized location…like you’d imagine they do every day.
I’ve seen Chronological Injustice live on many occasions over the past few years, and this video is a great representation of the band and its members.
Chronological Injustice are briskly becoming refined and polished in their presentation of themselves.
Guns N’ Roses has had an extraordinary comeback over the course of the last 18 months or so. Throughout much of 2016 and 2017, the group has been on tour, playing shows all over the United States and Europe. Dubbed the “Not In This Lifetime Tour,” it’s been the first stretch in years that the group was back together with any kind of regularity, and the shows have been going very well. While classic rock may be past its golden age, there are a lot of groups still going strong today. That means there are tons of fans who will still get excited for something like a GNR concert coming to town. At times, this has all felt like we got stuck in a time machine and transported back to the late-'80s.
This all started with some very deliberate efforts on the band’s part though. It’s not as if they just got together for a reunion concert and kept things rolling for a year. Guns N’ Roses seems to have been pretty clever about reaching out to audiences beyond their own loyal fans, gradually building anticipation for the reunion and tour that were to come.
First up was a partnership with an online gaming company aimed at casino players. The Guns N’ Roses slot reel is featured among the most popular gaming offerings from NetEnt, a developer that has made a habit out of working with classic rock artists. The game itself is more or less a traditional slot reel. But its background, symbols, and special effects are all about the band, which makes for an interesting blend of activity. On the one hand, the game can bring GNR fans to this particular genre of online gaming. On the other, it can also expose young casino gaming enthusiasts to the music and iconography of one of the great classic rock groups.
In another bid to reach out to audiences that might be broader than their own, Guns N’ Roses debuted a mysterious trailer during previews for Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in the winter of 2015. The trailer didn’t make it clear what was coming, but it did seem to reveal that the band was up to something and generated quite a bit of attention. That’s not to say that every Star Wars fan instantly got excited about a GNR reunion, but gaining exposure through one of the most popular films of the century certainly didn’t hurt the group.
As it turned out, the trailer was a hint regarding the band’s public reunion at Coachella in 2016— which in turn launched the Not In This Lifetime Tour that’s still going on this year. Now it feels like the group is back in full swing, having never missed a beat. The only thing missing has been new material, and that might be about to change.
According to some new reports, guitarist Richard Fortus has stated that the band is assembling ideas for a new album. Though he stressed that Guns N’ Roses has not actually put in any studio time, he said things are going too well lately not to result in new music. Fortus anticipates putting together brand new material with Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan all on board. He's also gone so far as to say that some of the material has already been recorded (just not in an official studio setting).
It sounds like we know what’s next in GNR’s extensive and successful revival. There's no underestimating the power of a good tour and the "Not in this Lifetime Tour" has consistently been one of the top grossing tours of the year. If they can add new material to add to the shows, it's likely that they'll do even better.
Quickly becoming one of the best video concept and production companies around, HotKarlProductions knocked this video out of the park. While the talent in Separation of Sanity (SOS) was no doubt easy to work with, the concept of the video for the song, “Vengeance,” aligns with the song title perfectly. To use the word intense in describing this video would be an understatement. I was lucky enough to spend a day with Separation of Sanity and HotKarlProductions on day one of this video shoot. It was a bloody cold day, in a heatless giant warehouse, but it warmed up quickly as SOS’s “Vengeance,” played in the background over the PA system. Speakers blew, sweat rolled, and ears rung for days.
The concept of the video is this: It was just an accidental beer spilled on a random big dude sitting next to Jason X. No need for a fist fight, just an apology and a towel…maybe a new beer. While the gentlemen in SOS were apologetic, the big guy (who happens to be a MMA fighter in real life) was not having it. Maybe he had a bad day; maybe he’s just an aggressive asshole. Regardless, he was pissed off and wanted to fight. He threw the first punch, but one swift blow to the head by Ivar, and a nice evening of drinking beer turned into vigilante justice…. mosh pit style. Who is the victim in this scenario? You just don’t know for sure, but the one thing you do know is that Jason X and the boys in Separation of Sanity won’t stand for bullshit; they will dish out a punishment worse than anything you thought of.
See video below.
The energy and intensity of the mosh pit, moving in unison to the aggressive “Vengeance,” paired with the dramatic, “where the fuck am I” moment by the big dude, now chained in a chair, lends well to the title of the song. The added bad-assery of Jason X slowly approaching the chair, in a taunting fashion, is exciting to watch.
Perhaps besides the song itself, what will be most remembered about this video is the rabid moshers who take on Jason X’s cause…joining in his plight. It is clear you don’t mess with Jason X or any of his band mates…because you WILL be out numbered.
It’s a great song and a great video. Another commendable piece from these Portland, Oregon rock stars.