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Ottawa was a hardcore band from Dearborn, MI, active from december of 1993 to november of 1994. Ottawa roots can be traced back to a local band named Current. Technically Ottawa was a side-project by members of Current but with an extra - Jeff Rice on second vocals. The band threw a couple of local shows, took part in More Than Music Fest, recorded a split with Jihad (the only source of Ottawa recorded material to-day) and disbanded along with Current shortly after. Matt Weeks and J. Rice went on to form .Nema, Andy Albus, Justin Labo and Derek Brosch continued to play together under the name Gregor.

Take it away, Jeff: “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.


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