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Lutra Lutra

Lutra Lutra is an Edmonton, AB based band consisting of Garreth and Katrina Burrows, Will Smith, Cody Willets and Denis Frigon. Formed in 2014 from the remaining members of Katasaurus Wrecks, a folk/ballad rock band, Lutra Lutra is dedicated to the mantra 'recognizable, but different'. By recognizing the need for new, fresh sounds while also paying homage to the music that paved the way for current groups, Lutra Lutra constructs a pleasing array of rhythmic grooves, catchy riffs, and powerful choruses. The Doors, Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, Fleetwood Mac and Mother Mother have all contributed greatly as influences for Lutra Lutra as the group continues hone their sound, carving out a new niche in a vast musical world.

At its inception, the band began as a brother/sister acoustic duo supplemented with hand drums and Will Smith on bass. Within a month, drums and piano were added to enhance and round out their sound. Originally billed as Katasaurus Wrecks, a name that was designed to display the distinct sense of humor of the individuals involved, the group eagerly accepted any show that was offered. After a year highlighted by playing Brixx bar and grill multiple times, selling out Cha Island and playing at Edmonton's newly elected Mayor Don Iveson's volunteer appreciation party, the group took another step towards creating a viable and more refined musical product.

Spurred by the desire to pursue music as a career, personnel changes were made within the band. Exchanging the former drummer and piano player for guitarist Cody Willets and drummer Denis Frigon, while shifting the classically trained Katrina to piano/keyboard, the group took their product to another level both esthetically and musically. With new musicians came a new sound and new opportunity. The band focused on finishing their DIY recordings for a 5 song EP to release to the public. However, as the recordings progressed, the newly formed group began to find a distinct sound and groove, which seemed like a separate entity from Katasaurus Wrecks. New songs emerged with more edge, more attitude and a renewed tenacity.

The transition was finalized by a name change. Lutra Lutra, which is the scientific classification of the Eurasian river otter, emerged from Katrina's background in biological sciences and work with otters at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

Recently, Lutra Lutra recorded a single at Sound Extractor in Edmonton, Alberta. Coupled with a fresh new logo and new sound, the upcoming months should prove quite interesting as they break onto the Canadian music scene.

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