Dutch courage- 1. Courage resulting from the drinking of an alcoholic beverage. 2. an alcoholic beverage, often gin. 3. a creator of memorable hook and mood-driven pop music.
Dutch Courage is the alter-ego of Milwaukee based songwriter Andy Puechner, who, in the summer of 2003 conceived of making a record of pop songs inspired by his experiences in the city of Chicago.
By September, Andy had made sufficient progress writing material for the project to begin tracking, for which he enlisted the help of Timothy Johnson (Strangest Places). The two recorded track-by-track in the most elegant, high-tech facilities available: their living rooms, basements, and practice spaces. Microphones were bought or borrowed, plug-ins downloaded, telephones silenced, and neighbors nonplussed.
With the addition of drums courtesy of Daniel Hanke (Sometime Sweet Susan, Crime & Judy), tracking was completed in September of 2004. Dutch Courage's Chicago was mastered by Gary Tanin in January 2005.
Dutch Courage's music shares a niche in the pop music tradition with the work of artists like Nick Drake, Badly Drawn Boy, and Elliott Smith. Melodic hooks are simultaneously barbed and gentle. Lyrics are somehow both bitter and sweet, optimistic & wry.
Chicago is seven songs of memorable pop music, full of hooks, surprises, and endearing quirks.