Houston’s alternative pop-rock band Otenki have partnered up with Gibson Guitars and Riazul Tequila to offer fans a chance to win a custom Epiphone Les Paul guitar! The contest launched today and will run until January 7th, so be sure to enter now before time runs out! The winner will be announced on January 14th, the day their “The War Outside” album re-release drops. Otenki released this official statement about the contest and Gibson/Riazul partnerships:
“We are excited to partner with Gibson/Epiphone and Riazul Tequila to give away this custom Epiphone Les Paul away to one lucky fan! For as long as Otenki has been a band the Les Paul guitar has been vital in crafting our sound. We hope that we’ll have a chance to inspire someone to pursue music!”
ENTER THE CONTEST HERE: http://bit.ly/OtenkiGuitar
In the summer of 2004, Otenki was formed on the ideals of standing out from the pack. Otenki came together through impassioned partnership of guitarists Enoma Asowata and Fausto Padilla, bassist Josh Tenorio, and lead vocalist German Alexander. Members of the band spent their formative years within various punk rock scenes that fostered a sense of community and passion. It is that passion that lead Otenki to doing whatever it took to share their vision and music with everyone. “We did everything we could to reach people. We played acoustically at bigger shows, we passed out flyers, gave music away, wedding crashed, and held parties to help create our community. We didn’t just want fair weather fans. We wanted friends who wanted to make our dream part of their dream,” states Alexander. It was that connection with their fans that helped them play the 2005, 2006, and 2009 Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour, sharing a stage with Deftones, The Used, Killswitch Engage, My Chemical Romance, Thrice, as well as the 2005 and 2009 Vans Warped Tour.
The band partnered in with producer Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Conditions) on the band’s first EP Making Sense of Static, garnering praise from Alternative Press Magazine, Purevolume, Buzznet, OurZone Magazine and Absolutepunk. As the band proceeded to grow and develop along with their fan base more songs were being written, and after a series of self booked national tours, the band was ready to take their sound to the next level. For this they partnered in with producer James Paul Wisner (Paramore, UnderØath) to bring about their latest effort KINETIC. Influenced by Jimmy Eat World, Anberlin, and Armor for Sleep, Otenki’s second EP KINETIC showcases the band’s explosive energy, dynamic musicianship and penchant for well-crafted songs. Pairing the band’s song writing and passion with Wisner’s flawless production, the EP features soaring vocal melodies, pulsating beats, ripping guitars while maintaining the band’s love for pop sensibility. KINETIC touches on a variety of topics from their love and appreciation for their fans (“Kinetic”), accepting turbulence in your life (“Violence”), and being haunted by the remnants of past relationships (“Ghosts”).
With the release of KINETIC Otenki has garnered the attention of Billboard and was selected to be a part of their 2011 Battle of the Bands. The band was featured in Billboard Magazine and on the award show that year. Otenki has also performed Houston’s largest music festival, the 2013 Free Press Summerfest along side The Postal Service, Calvin Harris, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. They have garnered attention from terrestrial radio (Houston’s own 94.5 KBTZ and Evansville 103 GBF), internet radio (iDobi radio), Reverbnation (featured artist August 2012), Alternative Revolt, the Houston Chronicle, 002 Houston Magazine, Tip Out Magazine (cover story September 2012), and Houston Press. Despite all the accolades the band has received, they haven’t lost sight of the two most important things: the fans and the music.
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