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Chandler, AZ | Established. Jan 01, 1999 | INDIE

Chandler, AZ | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1999
Band Rock Garage Rock




"Rock Octopus"

Octopus Head...what is the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear that for a name of an album?

I was not too sure at first but it all became quite clear when I put the CD on and looked at the musician's credits.

Karen Sotomayor is a one-woman show on her new release Octopus Head. She sounds like Grace Slick gone wild, as if she quit the Jefferson Airplane and ran off and joined a metal band, if you can picture that.

Sotomayor has a powerful vocal delivery and plays the guitar as well as any of her male counterparts. The music is a head bangin' mixture of old school and modern psychedelic sounds. "You've Got That Somethin' That I Want" had me singing right along on the second spin. The guitar work is drenched in feedback and sweat and Sotomayor's voice makes the track whole, complementing the kick ass sounds of her six-string. There is no coincidence that "The Spell You're Under"? is simply bewitching, once again highlighting the around talent that this woman commands while performing. What a great way to close the curtain on some amazing performances for this artist.

There is a real good vibe that runs through this entire CD, I really liked it. This music rocks, it is sexy and I want to keep playing it, which is the whole ball of wax when it comes to good rock music for this listener. - © Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

"The Slightly Wicked West"

"The Slightly Wicked West" is a great release. Love the production on it, really I was quite pleased! Great job on this release.
Ron Burd, Music Director. - CIUT-FM Radio Toronto

"The Slightly Wicked West"

Another great disc from the people at SotoSoundz. This is a great little disc with the vocals from Karen Sotomayor. Karen has a great voice very close to Grace Slick of the early Jefferson Airplane. All in all it is again another great disc from SotoSoundz. One track that stands out is "What You'll Never Know"? it has a great creepy feeling of going back in time to the early 70's.
Andrew Allan, Kangar Radio International - Kangar Radio International

"Octopus Head"

I can't understand the album title. But, I can totally understand the album. The album in question is an eight song release that comes from the mind of Karen Sotomayor, who wrote everything and performed everything with the exception of drums, which were done by E.J. Trbovic. Back when I first started writing, I remember having to listen to a lot of releases that were done, for the most part, by one person. A solo release in every sense of the word. I haven't heard something like this in a long time and, to be honest with you, I was suprised that someone's still into the whole do it yourself thing. I admire that...especially if the person does it right.

Karen's vision, I would imagine, is a combination of garage rock with a 60's, psychedelic vibe which, to be honest with you, is somewhat of a breath of fresh air. You really wouldn't expect to hear something like this in this day and age. I was diggin' on it. It's cool. I'll pull this one out late at night when I'm tired of listening to the same thing over and over again. This will be the album I'll use to clear my head in order to get a fresh perspective on what I'm listening to. I don't know if that makes any sense to you or not. I know what I mean and that's all that's important. Listen to the album and I'm sure you'll know where I'm coming from.

By Paul Autry - Ball Buster Hard Music

"Octopus Head"

A UFO located between Nina Hagen, Nico, Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux, 100% garage-rock'n'roll. Distortion, reverb and aggressiveness are the words that Karen adores and venerates over all. It is a chick who has testicles and which is not afraid to put them on the table if you see what I want to say! YEAH! -, France - Popingays France

"Octopus Head"

Extremely psychedelicRetro hard rock, with numerous 60's references like The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and Velvet Underground, all with a modern feel, especially in the style and tone of the guitars. It is very esquisite with a voice so identifiable, entrancing and clear, and a great deal of individuality and personality in the performance. - Rock Brigade, Brazil

"Your Game!"

"Good morning, friends from Sotosoundz, my name is Antonio Augusto Cesar Junior. I live in Brazil, in the middle of a jungle, the Amazon Forest. I love your sounds, the way you play your music, all the instruments very well played. I love your music very much. The way you play your songs is really fantastic! I´m 41 years old, but I love music. It's a great pleasure to write an e-mail to a great band. Thanks again and God blesses you in your musician life." FM Radio, Belém Pará, Brazil - FM Radio, Belém Pará, Brazil

"Octopus Head"

July 1, 2006 - Top Album, by Promonet! - Promonet

"Your Game!"

"I checked out SotoSoundz, and was impressed! "Set Me Free" is in rotation. I'll be listening to more of the albums!" Gregg D.
(DJ Arhythmius) Live365 - FEMALE FRONT RADIO

"Artist Of The Year!!!"

It's Officilal!!! Karen Sotomayor has won "Artist Of The Year 2006-2007" by Makato Musicians!!! - Mary Gilbert,


Sweet Life
Your Game!
The Slightly Wicked West
Octopus Head
Brasil FM 145.2
Situation Opportunist Enhanced CD

Video & Airplay:
Vidzone, Video-C, NTL, Blueyonder, Tiscali, UK
iFilm, Video.Google, Myspace, Real.Europe, YouTube
2 hour SotoSoundz radio special, FM 145.2 Brazil
Kangar Radio International
"General Electric" WCVF-FM
CIUT-FM Radio, Toronto
Female Front Radio
Hundreds of PODCAST!
Live 365 Stations!
Coquetel Molotov, Brazil
Eufonia 94.9 FM XHTEC, Mexico
Psychic Vibe Bot Radio, Japan
Radio Gets Wild, UK
Radio Free Exile, USA
Megarock Radio
Most requested artist, Peacework Music Net, USA
Go Kustom TV, Seattle Wa.
Oscid, UK
M4 Radio, USA



Like a steed of thunder rides into the microphone undefeated!

SotoSoundz is a unique, energetic, dynamic force live as well as on CD. SotoSoundz has received many favorable reviews from within the music industry as well as from fans worldwide - featuring Karen Sotomayor, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Multi-instrumentalist, Entrepreneur and winner Artist of the Year 2006-2007.

LABEL: 7 Arcos Recordings