Odder than the Otters float between uptempo folk and bluesy rock, playing a riverside soundtrack that paints a playful 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, in April 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, played festivals and brought their energetic live show to some of Winnipeg’s favourite venues.
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” 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 was released on April 5, 2018 at The Good Will Social Club in Winnipeg.
The Otters’ musical storytelling is guided by wildly fun excursions and sobering personal experiences. The narrative on The Port of Lopez journeys through tropical beach life, suspenseful crime mystery, childhood wonder, family drama and the uplifting power of radio. Much of the music on the EP was written in or inspired by Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.
After playing the Manitoba festival circuit this summer, the Otters plan to tour Western Canada in fall in support of The Port of Lopez.