“The scope is both grand and intimate: He feels the weight of the family name amid allusions to prophets and sages, but couches his decision to end the family line amid a resonant drone and bright guitar lines in a way that sounds like a triumph of self-actualization.”
"Dutch Courage- 1. Courage resulting from the drinking of an alcoholic beverage. 2. an alcoholic beverage, often gin. 3. a creator of memorable hook-filled pop music."
Milwaukee-born songwriter Andy Puechner grew up obsessed with music: playing his Dad’s dusty rock albums in the family's basement rumpus-room, years spent soaking up concert band music in school, and making a neighborhood-irritating racket playing bass guitar in his High School punk bands. His talent for melody and songcraft convinced him to perform solo under the guise of Dutch Courage, garnering notice from outlets such as the Riverfront Times and the Shepherd Express.
Puechner opened his career with an ambitious start, self-recording his first EP Chicago (2005) with borrowed microphones, clunky software, and (thankfully) oblivious neighbors. He followed up that release with his sole full-length album, My Life In The Service (2007), a concept record about disenfranchisement during and after wartime. Since then, he’s gone on to self-release three more EPs, Slow Volume (2011), Amigurumi Heart (2013), and Devil On The Left Shoulder (2014). He went on to self-release five cassette singles between 2016 and 2020: Louisa (2016), Tiger Tracks (2017), Ancient Mark (2017), Another First Son (2019), and Basalt Massif (2020). More recently, Puechner followed up with three new digital singles: Dirt Angel (2021), Ziggy Stardust Makeup (2021), and The Bishop (2022).
Puechner continues to perform locally in St. Louis as Dutch Courage, all the while writing and recording new music in his South City bungalow.