Novelists drop single and video of “Okapi” amid North American tour with Erra

Author Benedetta Baldin - 10.5.2024

Yesterday marked the release of “Okapi,” the fourth new single by the critically acclaimed French progressive metalcore band Novelists. Known for their intricate compositions and profound lyrical themes, Novelists continue to push the boundaries of the genre with this emotionally charged and sonically heavy track.
“Okapi” is a testimony to the band’s evolution and resilience. Written during a tumultuous period of personal upheavals—ranging from city moves and family losses to break-ups – the track emerges as an emotional exploration of pain, perseverance, and the strength found in unity. The lyrics of “Okapi” resonate with those who have felt isolated and overwhelmed, yet striving for a sense of hope. 


OKAPI was written throughout 2023 and the beginning of 2024; it is a very important song for us as a band and as individuals as it was written through a lot of changes and doubts happening in each of our lives. From moving to a different city to break-ups, death, and sickness in our families, etc. A lot has happened in our personal lives in only a few months. And for those reasons, it took us longer to finish the song than we originally anticipated, but now reflecting on it, I am happy we took the time we needed; the song only ended up even better and more meaningful.


Novelists are currently touring the US with ERRA. The tour dates include performances in major cities across North America, with upcoming shows in Los Angeles, Denver, New York, Toronto, and Montreal. 
NOVELISTS on tour with ERRA, Make Them Suffer, Void Of Vision:
May 10 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater 
May 11 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory 
May 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex 
May 13 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst 
May 15 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades 
May 17 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon 
May 18 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater 
May 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
May 21 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall 
May 23 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
May 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater 
May 25 – St. Louis, MO – Red Flag 
May 26 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues 
May 28 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall 
May 29 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall 
May 31 – Montreal, QC – Beanfield Theatre 
Jun. 01 – Boston, MA – Paradise 
Jun. 02 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza 

Novelists will join Northlane for their European and UK tour in the fall. For all tour dates and tickets, visit Listen to “Okapi“:

Novelists are:
Camille Contreras – vocals
Florestan Durand – guitar
Nicolas Delestrade – bass
Amael Durand – drums
Pierre Danel – guitar