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DS Exclusive: Talking Tolstoy (and other subjects) with Adam Kreutzer of The Kreutzer Sonata

Leo Tolstoy was a punk rocker! Ok perhaps not. Tolstoy widely considered one of the greatest writers in history is the author of such works as “War and Peace”, “Anna Karenina”, and the first Tolstoy (ok only Tolstoy) I have yet to read, “The Death of Ivan Ilyich.” Tolstoy is the inspiration for for the band name The Kreutzer Sonata and its leader singer Adam Kreutzer’s stage surname.

Kreutzer explains, “I have read the novel [The Kreutzer Sonata by Tolstoy]/listened to the musical composition. Tolstoy’s novellas have inspired me for a while as a huge passion of mine is literature. There is a lot of literary inspiration/references in our music and Tolstoy’s ability to take dramatic and tragic events and write them into something moving and beautiful is a strategy that we’ve tried to use in the story telling of our songs.”


Kreutzer further describes to me how the musical composition and its creation mirrors his early life as a musician:

“On top of that the musical piece The Kreutzer Sonata, another beautiful piece of art was made in dedication to a prestigious violinist with the last name Kreutzer. He rejected the Sonata as garbage. And that’s something I can really relate too. I remember showing my music teacher my music in high school and he pulled me aside and told me what a waste of time my band was and how it wasn’t real music. A similar thing happened with my father after the first time I ever recorded a demo where he gave me the ultimatum between punk rock and Jesus Christ. For years TKS played to nobody but the sound guy and sometimes our girlfriends haha. We know rejection all too well, and sometimes still feel like we’re on the outside looking in.”

 

Nowadays. The Kreutzer Sonata draws far larger crowds and its schedule will be hectic for the next few months:
Per Kreutzer: “Right now we are in the process of releasing a new album “The Rosehill Gates” out June 28th. We’ve already dropped a few music videos for it, with more to come. This summer and Fall we have some pretty solid shows lined up and we have been talking about doing a decent sized tour early next year. Also, this October/November we will be in the studio at Million Yen in Chicago to record something we will be trying to shop around to labels.”

 

Kreutzer may be the only remaining original band member, but The Kreutzer Sonata is no solo act.
“We are all a bunch of jagoffs. We all take the band seriously but what makes that easier is how much we goof around with each other. Jack [Kreutzer] our bassist is a full-time truck driver. Patrick [Goray]. our guitarist works in a sign shop and Logan [Hoover] our drummer is a pet caretaker/walker. I work in the service industry. We all are pretty easy-going guys with a mutual love for music and they are a blast to play with.”

As for Kreutzer’s musical origins, he first played that first instrument so many of us played: “The first time I performed musically was probably playing the recorder in elementary school or singing (if you can call it that) in a school musical/graduation/even church.”

However, he first truly discovered music just after he hits his teens. Per Kreutzer, “I would say around 13 years old is when I started really getting into music. I will be 30 this October. Before that I only really knew what was on TV. Bands like Green Day and Blink-182 were as crazy as it got for me until about that age. I remember hearing “Rise Above” by Black Flag on a mix Cd my brother made and being really intrigued by it. Around that same time, I discovered The Unseen, and remember seeing Rancid videos on MTV as well. Me and an old friend also found Kurt Cobain’s top 100 records in Rolling Stone and took turns downloading different albums off that list off Napster or LimeWire or whatever people were using at the time.”

This was also when he realized music was his calling. “Before I got into music, I was big into sports and was very athletic. I remember my brother had this crappy guitar that he would never let me play. But when he was out of the house I would sneak into his room and play as much as I could.”
He continues, “once I got good enough to get a band together the high of playing live meant more to me than sports. The jock kids were all my bullies anyway. I started going to shows, setting up shows, playing as much as possible. People didn’t believe me at the time, but I had decided at that point that music was my life.”

Kreutzer describes how his musical career started, “With a band I first performed in this church basement that I would set up and run local shows in.”
Soon things got serious. Says Kreutzer, “shortly after that I played my first legitimate show opening up for The Unseen and The Ghouls. That was more of a punk/ rock band. We did some covers and had some softer songs on top of some faster ones.”

His long-held motto/mission statement as a musician has been “Carpe Diem.” The phrase, translated from Latin as “Seize the Day,” originates from book 1 of the Roman poet Horace’s work Odes (23 BC).

However, Kreutzer discovered it in a far more recent piece of art: Dead Poet’s Society, the 1989 acclaimed film in which a boarding school English teacher named John Keating (played Robin Williams) urges his students to “make their lives extraordinary.” It’s actually the motto Kreutzer, who will celebrate his 30th birthday this year, has held most of his life.
He explains, “I have had the luck and privilege to be able to tour playing music and continue playing music into my thirties. Granted I work my ass off. But the point is I’m thankful for every day I wake up and to me the best part of life is the opportunity at times to take control of your story, of your identity and follow your heart. The older I get the more I am dead set in doing whatever it is I feel I need to do to be happy. It’s the most worthwhile thing I’ve ever done.”

I asked Kreutzer to memorable event in his career thus far.
“Touring Canada was fun. We witnessed a bar fight turn into a mini-riot in Montreal and the police were pepper spraying everyone. Then we drove through the night puking down the highway to the US border. That’s not really anything to do with music. But those wacky events wouldn’t have happened without music. We’ve gotten to open up for some cool bands and I’m very grateful for that. It’s always a highlight starting to see more and more people sing-along to the words at shows.”
The Kreutzer Sonata has played many different venues. As for particular venues, bandmembers find particularly great in which to perform, Adam Kreutzer offers up: “I love Liar’s Club, but I do also work there. The Fallout in Pilsen is fun as well as Reggie’s on State Street.”

As he notes above Kreutzer is in the employ of Liar’s Club. “I work as a door guy, bar back/bartender.”

Turning briefly to a subject that punk music has a rich history of addressing: Politics.

Kreutzer’s take: “I think on some level the current political climate resonates into all our daily lives. I also think a part of the storytelling of lyrics in music should be used almost like a personal history book to tell the stories of the times through your own perspective.”

The musician continues: “In that case I think it’s important for artists to speak out for what they think is right politically in this day and age. And there are a lot of bands doing it. Our President and many other leaders use misinformation and hysteria/phobias/hate to keep people ignorant and divided. If you can enlighten people with truth and knowledge you can give power to the common people which is exactly what politicians don’t want.”

Returning to Tolstoy, in a way. Literature has always provided inspiration as a human and as a musician. Among the works and writers, he considers most influential to him:
“ “A Season in Hell” by Arthur Rimbaud, “The Explorer” by Rudyard Kipling, “My Little War” by Louis Paul Boon, “My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy” by Robert Bly, Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, most books by New Directions Publishing and Dalkey Archive Press as well as the works of Flann O’Brien, and Louis Ferdinand Celine are a lot of my major influences.
Also, the book, “From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet” by Patrick Michael Finn, and other books by Black Lawrence Press. “

“As far as films, anything by Guy Maddin [from the director’s Internet Movie Database page: Maddin’s films often feature autobiographical elements, especially his “Me Trilogy” (of Cowards Bend the Knee, Brand Upon the Brain!, and My Winnipeg) of three films that feature a protagonist named “Guy Maddin”.)] or with Isabella Rossellini is alright with me. Also, Rumblefish.”

Of course, when it comes to punk rock, Adam Kreutzer has some recommendations for bands everybody should check out. “Brix n Mortar from Salem, Mass. Secret Spirit from Manchester, NH. Mickey Rickshaw from Boston. The Abductors from CT. Death of Self, Sawbuck, Shitizen, Butchered, Mystery Actions from Chicago. Radio Hate and The DUIs from Wisconsin and Stacked Deck from Detroit.”

When not performing or working, Kreutzer likes to stay busy.” I also go to Chicago Fire [Major League Soccer] Soccer Games with the Arson City Ultras. I’m a huge record collector and book collector. Also, a big drinker. You can find me around the city. I like to get out of the house haha.”

I ask Kreutzer if he has words of inspiration for Dying Scene readers about, well, anything? “Don’t let anyone tell you how to live your life or find happiness. I’ve learned that the hard way too many times. Also, some of the best inspiration for punk songs and lyrics has come from other genres and forms of media outside of punk for me. Don’t be afraid to keep an open mind to new things.”
Kreutzer final words for DS readers is both cheeky, tinged with truth as to readers of any and all publications for any genre of written word: “Pat yourself on the back if you made it to the end of this interview. Not many people read full articles hahaha.”



DS Exclusive: The Kreutzer Sonata (street punk) premiere new music video, “Feasts and Famines”

The fine folks at Don’t Panic Records and Distro just hooked Dying Scene up with Chicago street punks The Kreutzer Sonata‘s sweet new video premiere for “Feasts and Famines”. Dropping bombs in my inbox to explode on all you lucky young readers is what they’re good for, and this time is no exception. “Feasts and Famines” is off The Kreutzer Sonata’s upcoming album The Rosehill Gates and is essentially a video collage of shots from the band’s recent spring tour through the United States and Canada set to a prideful ballad of generations through entropy, resolved in the weltschmerz to expropriate a legacy of glory out of the chaos of it all. Balance and Dynamism in crust punk? I can dig it.

Visually you’re swimming through dive bars and stages to congested highways and deserted fairgrounds with a stop along the way at a pretty sweet looking skatepark somewhere. If you’re in the know and wanna give your humble, handsome writer-friend some directions please feel free to do so.

The Kreutzer Sonata has been rolling around partying and cranking out tunes since 2011. The Rosehill Gatewill be their third full-length and is set to drop on June 28 with a record release show featuring The Oi! Scouts, Corrupted Youth, and Uglybones held at Chicago’s Liar’s Club to take place on July 7. Don’t Panic has teamed up with No Time Records to press 500 copies on vinyl for the occasion – 100 of which will be pinwheel pink and blue – along with a small run of cassettes as well, limited to 100 copies. Pre-orders for The Rosehill Gates are available here. Stream that new video below.



The Kreutzer Sonata(hardcore) streaming two songs off upcoming album “The Rosehill Gates”

Chicago hardcore act The Kreutzer Sonata are streaming a pair of songs off of their upcoming album The Rosehill Gates which is scheduled to be released June 28th. “Fast Times” and “Glory Daze” are the first two bites we get from the new album, and for fans of hardcore neither disappoints.

Check out the new songs below.

This is the first new music from The Kreutzer Sonata since their 2018 release The Gutters of Paradise. If you’re a fan of Suicidal Tendencies or Madball you’ll enjoy The Kreutzer Sonata.



The Kreutzer Sonata stream new album “The Gutters of Paradise”

Up and coming skacore act The Kreutzer Sonata are streaming their new album The Gutters of Paradise in its entirety.

You can give it a listen below.

The Gutters of Paradise was released on February 14th via Collision Course Records, No Time Records and Don’t Panic Records & Distro.



DS Exclusive: The Kreutzer Sonata Premieres “Old Glory” From Upcoming LP

Up and coming skacore act The Kreutzer Sonata has a new album coming out on Wednesday via Don’t Panic Records & Distro and the Chicago based quartet wanted DS readers to get an exclusive first listen to the final single before it hits the streets! To celebrate the release of the fifteen track LP, The Gutters of Paradise the boys will be hosting a record release party sometime later in March, (follow them on Facebook for more details) so go out to support your local scene if you live in there in The Windy City. That’s it! Get to streaming the final single “Old Glory”, below!



DS Exclusive: The Kreutzer Sonata Premieres Video for “Schlitz Faced” From Upcoming Album

Chicago based hardcore act The Kreutzer Sonata is returning with their second studio album this coming Valentine’s Day. The fifteen track full length, titled The Gutters of Paradise (extra points awarded for the D.I. reference, lads!) will be released on cassette as well as vinyl in collaboration with Collision Course Records, No Time Records and Don’t Panic Records & Distro (preordering is available now, but will ship early March). No need to wait to start thrashing though! In anticipation of the the LP’s release, the quartet sent over the debut music video for the single “Schlitz Faced” exclusively for DS readers! So, g’wan and watch it ’til you’re little heart is content, below.


DS Exclusive: The Kreutzer Sonata (Hardcore) Premieres Video For “October Kids” From Upcoming Album

Windy City skacore/hardcore act, The Kreutzer Sonata has been around for about six years now but they only have one full length to their credit over that time. That’s all fixin’ to change in a few months when the crusty quartet releases their sophomore LP The Gutters of Paradise via Chicago based punk label Don’t Panic Records. If you’re as impatient as us, you’re probably having a problem waiting another few months to get those gnarly new tunes in your ears. Well, don’t worries, faithful readers! You’re dedication is about to be rewarded because, today we’re excited to debut the first music video from the upcoming album! Stream “October Kids”, exclusively here at Dying Scene, below!



The Kreutzer Sonata announces US tour

Chicago’s melodic hardcore punks, The Kreutzer Sonata, have announced tour dates throughout the Midwest and East Coast. The band will be touring on their two 2016 releases, the Fight Songs 7″ (Nothing New Records) and a split 7″ with the Union Boys (SBS Records and Don’t Panic Records).

The full list of tour dates can be found below.



The Kreutzer Sonata / The Union Boys announce split 7-inch, stream 1 new song each

Chicago hardcore punks, The Kreutzer Sonata have officially announced their split 7″ EP with Boston punk rockers, The Union Boys through S.B.S. Records and Don’t Panic Records and Distro.

The split features a total 6 tracks of hard hitting anthemic punk rock limited to 300 physical copies (200 black, 100 transparent orange.) Vinyl is due soon but as of today you can stream and download a track from each band below.

This EP will follow up The Kreutzer Sonata’s “Fight Songs” 7″ released earlier this year on Nothing New Records.



The Kreutzer Sonata (Hardcore-Punk) announce 7-inch on Nothing New Records, release new music video

Chicago hardcore punks, The Kreutzer Sonata just announced pre orders for their new “Fight Songs” 7″ EP on Nashville’s Nothing New Records available from NNR’S online store here.

The EP features four tracks of relentlessly fast paced punk rock on random colored vinyl. Each pre order comes with a free TKS Midwest Hardcore patch, and the option for a limited run t shirt along with the record.

The announcement of the release coincides with the debut of their music video single for “No Empathy” on Blank TV, which can be viewed below. Catch The Kreutzer Sonata on their Southwest US tour this July.