IndieAlternative/Indie/Original/Pop / Rock/Rock
Hailing from Chicago, Otter Petter delivers "big, bright, hooky tunes with their hearts pinned proudly on their sleeves" (Chicago Reader). The indie pop outfit features brothers Michael (guitar, vocals), William Pritchard (drums), Nate Lindsey (bass) and Hillary Stone (keyboards, vocals).
Highlights for the band include a CMJ showcase in New York and a featured role in an NBC TV show pilot entitled "State of Romance." Director Peter Sollet ("Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist") chose the band to appear in segments filmed at the Double Door and Millennium Park in Chicago.
Otter Petter emerged on the Chicago music scene in 2005 with a self-titled, five-song EP. In 2006, Otter Petter was chosen by the Chicago Tribune as one of 10 bands to compete in the "Metromix Rock 'n' Vote" contest. Readers voted Otter Petter as one of the four winning bands to play a show at Metro in Chicago. In 2008, the band's first full-length album Fireflies and Lamplights was greeted with glowing reviews. NewCity called it "devastatingly infectious," and Gapers Block described it as a "perfect blend of roots rock, sugary pop and complex indie rock."
Nice Night for a Knife Fight was the second full-length album from Otter Petter. Engineer Colin Sipos (Iron and Wine / Califone) was called upon at Chicago's Clava Studio to achieve the big, cohesive sound the songs deserved. The record was named one of Chicago’s best albums of 2011 by the Huffington Post and charted in the College Music Journal (CMJ) top 200.
The band is currently writing and recording new music at Transient Sound Studios with Steven Gillis (Filter) to be released in 2024.
Otter Petter has performed at some of the most notable clubs in Chicago, including The Metro, Lincoln Hall, and Bottom Lounge and performed with artists including Cage The Elephant, The French Kicks and Wheat.