Covering the space between garage rock and indie pop, the Cleveland band OTTAWA first formed in 2014 after some high school friends, and other musicians via CL, started jamming together, cycling through the traditional trial and error that bands inevitably go through.
Now, some three years later, and a growing following in the region, the band has released the new track, “Fever,” with its tepid intro that builds into a soaring rocker (think Spoon meets The Killers) with ringing guitars and pop-influenced melodic riffs, vigorous drumming, and summertime-like choruses.
The band members include Dale DeLong (vocals); Will Hooper (guitar); Tim Czajka (guitar); Jeremy Barnes (bass) and Ed Planisek (drums). They’ve opened for artists like The Wombats and the Young Rising Sons, among others, and are majorly influenced by bands like The Killers, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and Velvet Underground. OTTAWA’s new release, Small Talk, due out on May 5th.
With an updated lineup and fresh approach, DeLong says of "Small Talk," "It's not a continuation of what we've done before; it's a giant step forward in every possible way."
"Random Lights" was a band figuring it out, he says.
"'Small Talk' is a band that understands who they are and what they're trying to be," DeLong says. "Honestly, a year ago, we didn't know if we'd be a band right now, but things are better than ever."