OUT SOON. REMIXED AND REMASTERED! SOMEDAY...
13 songs in just under 12 minutes. Sadly, that
is all that remains of the tragically short-lived Michigan hardcore outfit
Ottawa. Ottawa arose from the ashes of the Tolkien-inspired power/speed metal
act Elf Lord. When Elf Lord's demo was rejected from the review section of
Rip Magazine for being "too gay", the band decided to abandon their New Wave
of British Heavy Metal roots and go for a more raw, stripped down sound.
Elf Lord first changed its name to the Frodo Baggins Motherfuckers, but finally
settled on the more enigmatic Ottawa.
Ottawa's first practices occurred in late 1993 and the band began gigging
shortly thereafter. After a few poorly received stints at Detroit heavy metal
dives the I-Rock and the Mosquito Club, Ottawa realized that hardcore was
their true calling. Ottawa managed its way onto the bill of a hardcore show
at the University of Detroit Grounds Coffee House by getting then Grounds
proprietor - Eric Z. - high on oven cleaner fumes. Their first hardcore show,
with the stellar acts Planteater, Gadje, and Rocksevelt's Inaugural Parade,
was a smashing success which also ushered in the era of goat-kissing. After
the show, Ottawa inked a deal with Council Records and, in early 1994, hit
the studio to record what was to be their only vinyl output.
Summer of 1994 was an eventful one for Ottawa. In May, the band departed
for a 6-week tour of Eastern Canada with the French-Canadian crustcore band
Nütter Bütter. This epic journey brought the bands to audiences
in areas as far-flung as Newfoundland and the Inuit province of Nunavet.
It was also in the summer of 1994 that Ottawa made its first vinyl appearance
on the compilation EP "A History of Compassion and Justice" on Lengua Armada
Discos. Soon after tour, Ottawa was playing 57-seat arenas with the likes
of One By One and Apeface - the future was bright indeed.
Finally, in October of 1994, the 13 Ottawa tracks were released as a split
LP with the Kalamazoo hardcore band Jihad. At about the same time, Ottawa
played with Los Crudos and Animal Farm at the Trumbull Theater in Detroit.
Sadly, this was to be Ottawa's final live appearance. The following weekend,
on the way to a show in Gary, Indiana, the members of Ottawa decided to stop
at the Velvet Touch in Parma, Michigan. Tragically, the Velvet Touch was
also the site of the largest mass murder in Michigan history on that same
night. The lives of all five Ottawa members were claimed when a disgruntled
former employee opened fire on the store's patrons with an AK-47 assault
At the time of their collective demise, Ottawa had already booked the studio
time to record a grandiose, triple LP musical adaptation of the Lord of the
Rings trilogy (ed. note - LotR is not an actual trilogy, but six individual
books published in three volumes). Unfortunately, only a few rough demo
tracks from this project were ever laid down on tape and the whereabouts
of the master reels from this session are presently unknown. In May of 2000,
the 13 Ottawa songs were remixed for a 12 inch EP reissue by Council