Alternative rock band OTN release their debut album 'Tabula Rasa' today.
“We are proud to present the culmination of years of stylistic changes, hard work and the result of six individuals’ passion for music. Drawing from our various influences, we’ve combined aggressive riffs, heartfelt lyrics, and pulse-like rhythms into a melodic journey, the zenith of which is our debut album, our clean slate, our Tabula Rasa”. – Duane Arthur, vocals.
Watch the lyric video for 1st single below!
(Luke Tannous photography)
Formed in 2009 by long playing veterans of the music industry Ian Wishart, Gez Tha Tyrant, Darren Keogh, Tyrone Mayer, Andrew Glass and Duane Arthur. OTN (A.K.A Outside the New) took their eclectic style of Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz and Funk to the live music scene in South Africa.
By 2010 they had already achieved great acclaim, having been billed with most of South Africa’s top acts (including Prime Circle, The Parlotones and Fokofpolisiekar), reaching #1 on Reverbnation’s Rock Chart following the release of their EP 'Follow the White Rabbit', and winning a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
Rarely satisfied, OTN decided to start from a completely clean slate (which is precisely what the phrase “Tabula Rasa” means).
Finally finding their footing firmly back in the roots that inspired them to pick up instruments in the first place – good old-fashioned Rock – and never leaving any nuance to chance, the music, lyrics and arrangements have all been painstakingly sifted to create something that the band hopes truly reflects their passion for and dedication to the art. From heartbreak to politics and mayhem, OTN has a message that they would like to put out into the world.
That message begins with 'Tabula Rasa'.