Odder than the Otters float between uptempo folk and bluesy rock, playing a riverside soundtrack that paints a rugged picture of a modern world. The Otters' energetic live performances get feet stomping as songs splash into surreal stories about quirky characters, prairie pleasures and faraway adventures. The Otters are releasing their debut EP, The Port of Lopez, inApril 2018.
A clean-shaven Cody Goertzen left for Southeast Asia with a backpack and a ukulele. No one really knows what happened over there, but he returned to Canada as a shaggy songwriter with a fresh perspective and a lot of musical love to share.
Goertzen swapped stories and lyrics with drummer Adam Hill in the summery shade of the Assiniboine Forest. They formed a strong songwriting partnership to the strum of the Baby Taylor guitar and the tap of a cajon. Joe Johnson’s smooth guitar leads and Mitch Kruse’s playful bass electrified the folk foundation of the Otters—just in time for their first show in August 2015.
In early 2016, Goertzen and Hill left Canada to seek friends, adventure and musical inspiration in Ecuador. Since their return, the band has expanded their musical repertoire, toured around western Manitoba, played local festivals and brought their sweaty, energetic live show to some of Winnipeg’s favourite stages, including Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, The Park Theatre, The Handsome Daughter and The Good Will Social Club.
The Otters’ quirky and comprehensive musical storytelling is guided by the age-old binary of wildly fun excursions and sobering personal experiences. Their quick-witted narrative celebrates ramblin’ wanderlust, childhood wonder, tropical beach life and the uplifting power of radio, while their ironic humour explores more serious topics like addiction and family trauma.
In 2017, the band joined Lloyd Peterson (The Weakerthans, The Wailin' Jennys, Big Dave McLean) at Paintbox Recording to get started on their debut release. The Otters’ first single, “Hola Luna,” was released on in March, followed by an official music video. “Hola Luna” recently made “top 50 finalist as judged by CBC Music producers,” selected from thousands of entries in the CBC Searchlight 2018 competition.
Mastered by Jamie Sitar (Bif Naked, Randy Bachman, Chilliwack, Swollen Members, Classified), The Port of Lopez EP will be released on April 5, 2018 at The Good Will Social Club in Winnipeg. Much of the music on the EP was written in or inspired by Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.