Otis the Destroyer Unleashes Red Witch

Song premiere teases new EP

Since the release of full-length bow Keep on Bashing in 2017, Otis the Destroyer has become one of the most pervasive forces in Austin’s vigorous indie rock scene.

Otis the Destroyer: (l-r) Andrew Dalton, Taylor Wilkins, Anthony Rucci, Clellan Hyatt (Photo by Mike Manewitz)

Even as frontman Taylor Wilkins continues developing his solo songwriter chops as Otis Wilkins, his quartet readies the April 12 release of new extended play Cool Evil. A first taste of the five-track effort begins with initial single “Red Witch.”

The song continues Otis the Destroyer’s guitar-fuzzed barrage, unleashing a tension between roaring blasts and Wilkin’s drowsy, understated vocals sinking into the slow dissolution of summer’s end. “Red Witch” showcases the band’s heavy Nineties guitar vibe, pummeling somewhere between the Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.

Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Stuart Sikes (Cat Power, Modest Mouse, Riverboat Gamblers) handled most of the new recording at Big Orange Studio, with Eric Wofford mastering. Catch Otis the Destroyer next at Hotel Vegas on February 8, along with Dante Elephante and Brother Sports.

Otis the Destroyer
Cool Evil EP

1. Cool Evil Part I
2. Red Witch
3. Sour Tsunami
4. Maybe I Don’t Like Drugs
5. Cool Evil Part II

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