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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."

 

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RANDOM LIGHTS EP

PRESS COVERAGE

 “THIS IS MUSIC THAT CAN STICK IN YOUR HEAD, WHICH IS THE KEY TO ROCK MUSIC THAT LASTS."

Buzzard Tracks  06/26/15 Read more.

 “FEVER SIZZLES THANKS TO THE BAND'S CLASSIC ROCK GRIT AND SINGER DALE DELONG'S RED-HOT VOCALS."

Cellar Door Cleveland  03/18/15 Read more.

 “FEVER WILL SURELY GET THE ADRENALINE PUMPING THROUGH YOUR VEINS, LEAVING YOU WANTING MORE. OTTAWA CERTAINLY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE IT BIG."

FDRMX.com 03/20/15 Read more.


"THERE'S A CERTAIN MATURITY THAT COMES ACROSS IN THE TUNES."

Cleveland Scene Magazine 02/18/15 by Jeff Niesel and Eric Sandy  Read more.


"WITH RANDOM LIGHTS, OTTAWA SHOWS THAT THEY ARE FAR FROM BEGINNERS AND CAN HOLD THEIR OWN NEXT TO BIG-TIME BANDS WITH THEIR PASSION AND TALENT."

BuzzArtist 01/19/15 by Savannah Davanzo Read More.


"WITH TALENT AND CONFIDENCE TO SPARE, OTTAWA'S FIRST EP RANKS AMONG THE BEST DEBUT RECORDS OF 2014. THIS ALBUM'S, HUGE, ARENA-READY SONGS ARE A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE."

Case Observer 01/10/15 by Teddy Eisenberg Read more.


"OTTAWA SHOWCASES AN ABILITY TO CRANK OUT BOUNCY POP-ROCK TUNES WITH THE INFECTIOUS TITLE TRACK AS WELL AS 'TEMPO,' DISPLAYING SHADES OF PORTUGAL. THE MAN IN THEIR SOUND."

Erie Reader 12/10/14 by Alex Bieler Read more.

"EVERY NOW AND THEN A BAND IS BORN WITH THE CREATIVE POTENTIAL TO THRIVE AND SUCCEED IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. IN JUST 31 MINUTES, OTTAWA'S RANDOM LIGHTS PROVES THAT THIS BAND IS JUST GETTING STARTED ON THEIR PATH TO SUCCESS. OTTAWA IS CERTAINLY A RANDOM LIGHT THAT SHINES EVER SO BRIGHTLY AMONG ALL THE OTHERS."

Midwest Action 12/09/14  by Judie Vegh Read more.

 "THE SMOOTH GUITAR INTRO, NOTICEABLE GUITAR RIFFS, HONEST LYRICS AND UNIQUE VOCALS ARE ALL STRUNG TOGETHER IN A WAY THAT CREATES A SONG LIKE NO OTHER...BESIDES THE FACT THAT THE BAND SOUNDED AMAZING LIVE THE ENTIRE TIME, THE CROWD WAS DANCING WITH SUCH CONTAGIOUS ENERGY THAT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO CATCH THEIR ENTHUSIASM OVER THE BAND'S MUSIC."

Kryptonite Music Magazine 12/06/14  by Danielle Immerman   Read more.

"THE GOOD KIND HAS A BIT OF BLACK KEYS-INSPIRED GARAGE BLUES AND A REAL SWAGGER TO IT AS ITS BEEFY BASS RIFF PROPELS THE TRACK."

Scene Magazine's Band of the Week 12/03/14  by Jeff Niesel  Read more.

"DELONG AND HIS BANDMATES HAVE DEVELOPED A BRAND OF GARAGE POP THAT MERGES ELEMENTS OF INDIE ROCK, BLUES AND NEW WAVE THAT'S QUITE MELODIC AND HYPNOTIZING."

Cleveland.com 04/21/14  by Troy L. Smith   Read more.

  "THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT CAME COURTESY OF GARAGE POP ACT OTTAWA. THE COMBINATION OF LEAD SINGER DALE DELONG'S ENTICING VOICE AND GUITARIST WILL HOOPER'S BLISTERING GUITAR WORK MADE FOR QUITE A SHOW AS FANS PILED IN THE TAVERN TO SEE THE FIVE-PIECE."

Cleveland.com 03/15/14  by Troy Smith     Read more.

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SHOWS

10/03/15: Happy Dog / Cleveland OH / with By Light We Loom and Joshua Jesty

09/16/15: Happy Dog / Cleveland OH / with Yonatan Gat and Shale Satans More info

08/07/15: House of Blues / Cleveland OH / Cellar Door Rendezvous More info

ROMAN CANDLE TOUR

07/10/2015: Mahall's / Roman Candle Release + Tour Kickoff / Lakewood, OH More info

07/12: Lavender Room / Philadelphia, PA

07/13: Wonder Bar / Asbury Park, NJ More info

07/14: The Bitter End / Manhattan, NY More info

07/15: 90 Main / Flemington, NJ

07/16: The Rock Shop / Brooklyn, NY More info

07/17: Boulevard Tavern / Charleston, WV More info

07/18: The Smiling Moose / Pittsburgh, PA More info

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06/27/2015: Quenchers / Chicago, IL More Info

06/26/2015: Be Here Now / Muncie, IN More Info

06/20/15: Larchmere Porchfest / Cleveland OH

06/06/2015: Old West End Fest / Toledo, OH

06/05/2015: Pink Mistress / Athens, OH

05/30/15: Grog Shop / Cleveland OH

05/24/2015: Great American Rib Cook-Off / Cleveland, OH

03/13/15: Positive Vibes @ Negative Space / Cleveland OH

02/21/15: Brite Winter Festival / Cleveland OH

2014 Show Archive