"[Kaspar Hauser] plays crunchy, jagged and rough-edged rootsy rock, alternately recalling Buffalo Springfield/Neil Young, Will Oldham, Wilco, and early R.E.M. ... while Comerford sings with a distinguishing, Jeff-Tweedy-like twang. Despite the despondent lyrical content and occasional raucousness, the album also has a down-home, heartfelt quality that makes an impact." --Mark Suppanz, Big Takeover #64
"Comerford and his current bandmates place their faith in the kind of rock-solid attack that relies on an intimate and innate rapport between band members ... Considering how often Kaspar Hauser’s lineup has changed over the years, the accomplishment is all the more impressive. The twin guitars burn and surge, moving precisely within the lean grooves." --Peter Margasak, Post No Bills/Chicago Reader
"Despite the life-altering events that spurned it, 'The Sons,' recorded over the course of a year in a basement studio in Logan Square, remains joyously unvarnished. Songs such as "Mark of Cain" and "Macbeth II (In the Morning)" are loaded with ragged blues riffs and drummer Steve Kiraly's loose-limbed kit-work." --Andy Downing, Chicago Tribune
"'The Sons' is a testament to the concept of long-players — records you listen to from end to end, soaking in each and every note, coda and phrase." --Matthew R. Perrine, Duluth Budgeteer News
released February 17, 2009
The Sons by Kaspar Hauser
A: Not of This World • Mark of Cain • MacBeth II (In the Morning) • Frontier • See My Friends •
B: Baby Vampire • Diamonds • Prodigal Son • Time Machine •
Thomas Comerford - voice; electric, acoustic and baritone guitars; slide; ebow; harp.
Stephen “the Kid” Howard - electric guitars; bass guitar on “Time Machine.”
Steve Kiraly - drum kit.
Matthew T. Seifert - bass guitar.
Tatsu Aoki - upright bass on “See My Friends” and “Time Machine.”
The Armitage Shanks Glee Club* - backing voices on “Not of This World,” “Mark of Cain,” “See My Friends” and “Prodigal Son.”
Jonathan Durlam - audio verité; found sounds.
Theo Katsaounis - drum kit on “See My Friends”; drum kit and foot taps on “Time Machine.”
Kent Lambert - Hammond M-3 on “Not of This World”; table banjo on “Mark of Cain”; backing voices on “In the Morning.”
Andy Leach - pedal steel on “See My Friends” and “Diamonds.”
Stanley Ross - Rhodes on “Prodigal Son.”
Seth Vanek - shakers, tambourine where applicable; glockenspiel, vibes on “Time Machine.”
Laura Watral Graham - Rhodes on “See My Friends.”
* The Armitage Shanks Glee Club is Dan Duffy, Jim Duffy, Nick Meiers and Matt Seifert.
Produced by Kaspar Hauser and Kris Poulin.
Recorded by Kris Poulin. Additional recording by Seth Vanek and Gerard Barreto.
Mixed by Kris Poulin with Thomas Comerford at Clava/4 Deuces.
Mastered by Carl Saff.
Made in Chicago, IL, USA, in the year two thousand and eight.
Cover by Jodie Mack. CD image by Dominique Holmes. Layout by Dean Rank.
Thanks to: All the above players; Kim and Henry Comerford; Kris Poulin; Seth Vanek and Gerard Barreto; Jonathan Durlam and Carol Bales; Stevens Weed, Jr.; Naomi and Stephen Slagowski; Kate, Matt, Celia and Owen Doherty; Will and Joyce Comerford; Jen Charles; Paul Sargent; Trey Sager; Tom and Mary Comerford; Simon Hunt and Sara Parker; Peter and Jayne Hunt; Meghan and José Bernard; Ed Gray; Reneé Sueppel; Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffaut; Alana Bailey; Jim Duffy; Dennis Stacer; Justin Petertil; Will Phalen; Jon Langford; Jodie Mack; Dominique Holmes; Colin Palombi; Dean Rank; Sherm/Lower Depths; John Benetti/House Call Entertainment; David Lewis; Aaron Rodgers/Homeroom.
Kaspar Hauser is a band led by Chicago singer-songwriter Thomas Comerford. Founded as a 4-track recording project in 1999,
KH has seen many incarnations both live and in the studio, but a lo-fi, scrappy approach to rootsy guitar pop predominates. Comerford also records and performs under his own name....more