Ottawa Shares Dating-Inspired 'No More Love Songs': Video Premiere

Bradley Atom
Ottawa

After five years together and some quiet online song releases, Cleveland alt-rock troupe Ottawa is ready to make a little more noise.

The quartet is in the midst of series of six singles -- the third of which, "No More Love Songs," premieres below in audio and video -- during the next few months, basically taking an EP's worth of tunes and spreading them out for, Ottawa hopes, maximum impact. "There's a lot of trial and error when you get going," says frontman Dale DeLong, who named the group after the street he grew up on. "About every three weeks we'll put out a new songs. We're just trying to get some traction and get noticed by the industry. We figure with the way things seem to be going right now the best way is putting out singles, and we definitely have the most hope with ('No More Love Songs')."

DeLong has not necessarily written a lot of love songs, but he says that the title for "No More Love Songs'" -- which follows "Strangers" and "The Good Kind" -- should not be taken as a declaration of intent. "I got to really thinking about what my dating life has been and how things are in this generation with the dating apps and things like that for people in their 20s and early 30s now," he explains. "My wheels were turning about it for awhile then sometime last summer I was driving and I just sang the chorus. Some of it might come across as cheesy, but it just felt really good off the tongue. So I brought it to the guys and we did our thing and Will (Hooper, guitarist) came up with an awesome riff and we built the song out of it. I think we all sensed there was something super special about it and something kind of immediate."

Ottawa recorded the songs in Atlanta with producer Matt Goldman. The other three songs will be coming out into the fall, and Ottawa, which is currently booking shows for late summer and fall, hopes the singles will get enough notice to send the group back into the studio for something even more ambitious.

"At the end of the day we definitely want to make albums," DeLong says. "But until we have the clout and the budget we're just gonna put out songs and try to make something happen. We're definitely working on something larger, but in the meantime this seems to be best for us."

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