Sundresses on the Cover of City Beat

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Posted 26 Mar 2010

While recording, the band put a call out to local friends and allies for guest spots on the recording — an idea Springer admits was his. He also admits it could have turned out horribly wrong.

“I thought, man, we’re trying to capture lightning in a bottle here,” he says, “and it’s a good thing cause we got a room full of wizards.”

Brian Niesz, the engineer of Barkinghaus who’s commonly referred to as the fourth Sundress, steps in with a witty metaphor for the new CD, calling it a four-legged beast, with the third leg being the overdubbing and the guest spots. The aforementioned wizards include Doctor Rocker Johnny Walker, Ricky Nye, Jake Speed and his band The Freddies (of which Schnittger was once a member), Andy Jody and Carter Braton.

Other possibilities would be addressed, but the band ended up reorganizing what The Sundresses are and joining it with Schnittger’s All Night Party concept (a political “party” he’d developed for a faux campaign to become Cincinnati’s mayor) into a new entity that’s responsible for the release and well-being of the band and Barkinghaus. It should also be noted that Schnittger taught himself how to play piano during this time, so in more ways than one the process was time well spent.

This is natural (redefined). Initial samplings of Barkinghaus reveal a new Sundresses, ripe with hostility and playing each song like it’s their last will and testament.

Barkinghaus is protest and revelry. It’s shame, hope, humor and glory. It’s spiteful. It’s revealing. It’s lyrical prophesizing to guitar, bass, drums and trombone. It’s Blues, Bluegrass, Punk, Garage Rock and/or Roll. It’s brutally honest, and each song has such a familiar sound that you swear it’s a cover, but it’s not. The Sundresses are that good. Schnittger shares a personal note about Barkinghaus, but it’s allowed because, as it turns out, the title comes from one of his titled nightmares, of which he doesn’t want to share details.

Barkinghaus is a personal diary, an artistic expression of all the things that ter rify me,” he says, “specifically within the past Bush administration and the things that have happened culturally and econom ically, to name just a couple of things.”

This is scary (redefined). There are 14 official tracks on the disc. Springer delivers a tasty morsel about one track in particular, “King Killer of Murder Town.” He explains that during the second verse of the song you can hear a siren go pass as he sings, “You build them up and you burn them down.” It’s just one of the magical occurrences that came as a result of foregoing a rigor ous schedule. His timing in the song, as it would turn out, was off. This is magic (redefined). – City Beat