Kurt von Stetten

Boston's DIY indie rock revisionist

Kurt von Stetten to release new album, Gutt, Friday 10/28

Kurt von Stetten - Gutt Well, well, well. Here we are busy with another Longwalls album, getting into our fall routines and.. oh looky here: A new KvS album called Gutt! I guess it has been a year since the excellent Bon Fortuna record. Anyway.. Bold, defiant, insatiable. Boston's Kurt von Stetten returns with his 11th solo effort—in 11 years. Noisy and angular. Low lows. High highs. Big and fragile. Playful and tuneful as ever. And once again written and recorded entirely on his own—with Kurt himself playing every instrument. And with 20 tracks (!!) you simply can't go wrong. Give Gutt a go! It's available (digital only) 10/28 here on SMR and over at Bandcamp (and eventually the iTunes etc..). Check out the first single, In a Car Falling in Love, and watch for video for Future is Fashion on Tuesday. Enjoy! More News >

Kurt von Stetten began experimenting with noise and music in Boston in the summer of 1996. Early sound pieces and writings focused solely on the subtle hiss before and after any sound recording. In late 1999 one 445 minute piece titled “Hisssstory” pushed public opinion over the edge and galvanized a fledgling arts community to embrace the internet and register their displeasure. This community led by his professors, fan, and family vehemently rejected his approach and posted the now famous “Letter to an indulgent” on an AOL chat room (this was 1999 after all). After this stunning rebuke Kurt gradually pivoted away from academia and found freedom and a somehow more judgmental audience in alt/indie rock.

For a period of 10 years Kurt retreated to his bedroom studio and learned how to play guitar and drums by recording himself over and over again. After sharing some of his music with friends in 2006 Kurt gained some confidence and began to release his recordings as albums. Kurt has since released a full-length album every year for the last 9 years on which he plays every instrument. His lyrics are comprised of overheard conversations, notes taken during art school, things grunted while getting jumped at the train station that time, and created stories of love and desperation.

Kurt also plays drums, cello and other odds and ends with The Longwalls and is the former front-man of the Drama Queens.