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Written just a little bit before the spring of 2015 and finished after July, I had just begun to meet all these new and diverse people in the Chicago punk rock community. I had also started paying greater attention to the things that bands, artists and friends both local and national were saying about political and social issues.Specifically,what their views and opinions are on people with different beliefs or different sexuality then them. I had always struggled to write a song about belonging and figuring out your identity as a person. The struggle was always going through this moment of self identification while trying to become part of a group or new community that had no idea this internal battle was taking place. One concept I've always believed in, in many different aspects of life, is that it does not matter where you came from or where you are going, only where you are at that point in time. It doesn't matter if you've loved something a long time or just discovered this love, just because its new doesn't make it any less true. If you just discovered your new favorite band and want to get a tattoo of their logo, do it. People project what they think is criteria for self identification on others and its total horse shit. Be who you want to be, where you are is where you are, love who and what you want to love and let others do the same. The inspiration for the chorus is seeded from that concept of acceptance and self identity but it was never fully finished, It just sat in the song feeling out of place. It did not fully blossom from inspiration until I saw many trans and LGBTQ friends and individuals go through their own state of change/personal/public acceptance. That coupled with the legalization of gay marriage fueled the finishing of the chorus of this song.


You've got a burning megaphone to your mouth
but your only talking out your ass about
propaganda about your brothers and sisters,
phrases that'll tear us down.
Whipping a weaponless foe
but no one here is against you.
Let this be our weapon to hold,
Songs be our weapons to hold.

We're all still swimming in the waters
of our identities,
May have found the lake but we're
still exploring whats in the depths beneath.
Some of us on the surface
are drowning others down below.
And some of the sinkers,
are dragging us all down.

It doesn't matter if you were born, and grew into it.
It doesn't matter if you were born and grew out of it.


from Lousy Weather, released September 10, 2016



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Otto Mann Chicago, Illinois

Vince - Vocals
Nic - Guitar
Tinkey - Drums
Samuel - Bass

What started as two acquaintances just coming together to play a house show, quickly turned into four dudes making music in a crowded dank basement in Chicago. Otto Mann is honest, open hearted, quick to temper and occasionally belligerently gushy. We write music for the kids we used to be and the idiots we've now become. ... more

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