Premiere: Ottawa Dazzle with Tender Passion in Acoustic “No More Love Songs”

Channeling grief and passion, Ottawa continue to prove themselves with the uncanny hooks and feverish charm of “No More Love Songs (acoustic)”, a fiesty and tender alternative to the original’s overdriven ecstasy.
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Atwood artist-to-watch Ottawa have made a name for themselves this year with a string of dynamic singles full of infectious drive and endearing passion. Following 2017’s Small Talk EP, the Cleveland band prepared a set of six A-sides – and from this past June to September, they made sure everyone in their path knew it was their time. From the rollicking “Strangers” to the reflective “Friends,” Ottawa mesmerized our ears and stole our hearts.

Ottawa first caught our attention through August’s energetic “Undercover,” for which Atwood Magazine excitedly dubbed them “indie rock legends in the making” – a title that still holds true, three months later:

Ushering in a new age of fully-charged energy and abandon, the band have a knack for crafting larger-than-life songs radiating with a passionate glow. An overwhelming pop/rock outpouring of joie de vivre and youthful cheer, Ottawa’s new single “Undercover” is the wet n’ wild rollercoaster you’ll be riding all year long.
No More Love Songs - Ottawa

No More Love Songs – Ottawa

Now on the post-release tail end of their summer smashes, Ottawa are closing out their year with a trickle of acoustic versions of their high-octane anthems, each of which casts the Ohio band in a new, softer light. Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the acoustic, live in-studio session of “No More Love Songs,” a simultaneous embrace of togetherness and heartrending rejection of classic tropes and the dating app dance.

Take a look in the mirror, what do you see?
I see a boy who looks like a man, enough for one hand.
Needing some company.
She was somebody’s daughter, somebody’s bride.
With that wild look in her eyes,
over and over and over again she cried.

A fierce tune powered by overdriven guitars, grief, and stress, “No More Love Songs” has been Ottawa’s most-streamed track out of their six new songs, and for good reason: It’s unnervingly catchy, and continues to feel fresh on repeat listens. For its original song and video premiere on Billboard, frontman Dale DeLong recalled his own thoughts about love and relationships in the digital, dating app age: “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.”

Ottawa © Bradley Atom

Ottawa © Bradley Atom

DeLong came up with the bulk of “No More Love Songs” while driving, which helps explain its persistent forward momentum. Yet while the band’s electric, uptempo version will send listeners into a sweet frenzy, its quieter reimagining brings us to our knees in surrender. What is once an emphatic howl becomes a soulful wail as DeLong croons through the dramatic chorus:

Oh baby, I’m about to go crazy.
I can’t hear no more love songs,
Just one more and we’re gone.
Oh darlin, why did you get my started?
I can’t sing no more love songs,
Just one more and we’re gone.

It may be “acoustic,” but “No More Love Songs” isn’t any quieter or less intense. Ottawa succeed in translating their arena-ready show into the coffeehouse setting, offering a fiesty alternative to the original’s overdriven ecstasy.

Ottawa © Bradley Atom

Ottawa © Bradley Atom

If 2018 was the year of their rise, then perhaps 2019 will be the year Ottawa takes over. The four-piece of Dale DeLong (lead vocals), Tim Czajka (guitar), Jeremy Barnes (bass), and Will Hooper (guitars & backup vocals) have proven their immense talents, going above and beyond with the tools they have at their disposal to engross audiences with their uncanny hooks and feverish charm. It’s only a matter of time before the world takes notice.

Stream “No More Love Songs” (acoustic) exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and connect with Ottawa below to hear all six of their new singles!

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com