Optimus Rhyme

Optimus Rhyme

BandRockHip Hop

Optimus Rhyme is a live band with an MC. We sound more like the Roots than Kid Rock or Limp Bizkit. Our music is very much rock, but also a little funk and hip hop beats. We have tight sound that satisfies those who enjoy rock and rap but have yet to find a successful bonding.


Optimus Rhyme’s School the Indie Rockers, their second full-length release on Narcofunk Records, has pushed the band beyond the Seattle scene to national and international recognition. Often associated with the up-and-coming “nerdcore” hip-hop scene, School the Indie Rockers shows why Optimus Rhyme both merits and transcends that categorization. Blending sci-fi themes with everyday life, this album perfectly expresses what it is to be a human being in a technological age. Optimus Rhyme came together in Seattle in 2001. Club shows were booked and EPs were recorded, leading the band to sign with local label Narcofunk Records. Optimus released their self-titled full-length debut in 2004, expanding their influence and receiving airplay at indie and college radio stations up and down the West Coast. Soon after they performed at the inaugural Penny Arcade Expo (http://www.penny-arcade.com), which was instrumental in igniting a grassroots international Internet following that is still growing today. In 2006, the band entered the studio with legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino to craft School the Indie Rockers. Endino’s trademark production mixed with Optimus Rhyme’s uncommon musical stylings resulted in a record that is bizarrely catchy and totally unique. You will not hear another record that sounds like this. Optimus Rhyme has twice been nominated by the Seattle Weekly as Seattle’s hip-hop group of the year. They’ve played live on Seattle stalwart KEXP, been mentioned in Wired magazine, toured the East Coast with nerdcore legend MC Frontalot, won the Redhook Brewing Company 2006 Emerging Artist grand prize, and had two songs included on the soundtrack to the PlayStation 2 game Greg Hasting’s Tournament Paintball Max’d (Activision). They’ve also played a lot of ping pong.


2002 - Autobeat EP 3 tracks
2003 - Positronic Pathways 5 tracks
2004 - 1st full length, self-titled. Saw a lot of positive reviews and indie/college radio play, both local and national (mostly west coast)
2006 - 2nd full length,"School the Indie Rockers." Even more positive reviews and airplay plus ever-growing support and attention

Set List

our typical setlist is 40 minutes to 1 hour but can be tailored to be slightly longer or shorter. We generally do one set but can pull off two. here is a typical set list:
Autobeat Airbus
Calm Down
Sick Day
Click Click
Just Forget It
Super Shiny Metal
Obey the Moderator
Ping Pong Song
My Piroshky
Segmented Annelid