Absolutely loving this new track from Ohtis featuring Stef Chura. It is the latest in Saddle Creek’s ongoing Document series, which has already shared releases from the likes of Hovvdy, Palehound, and Hand Habits.
Schatze follows the release of the trio’s excellent 2019 debut album Curve of Earth and is a character study of the Selfish Antisocial Male, told primarily through the lens of band member Sam Swimson’s long put-upon girlfriend – which Chura acts the part of – in a series of complaints about his objectionable behaviour. A classic call and response song, the track is dark and raw, but always tinged with a compelling sense of sardonic wit.
Though light-hearted and fun in its tone, Schatze offers no illusions about the state of affairs: he is wrong, selfish, and unrepentant about it all. “I got the idea for the song on an oceanfront balcony up in Cambria when my wife got annoyed by my neurotic vape addiction crampin’ the vibes,” Sam says. “Most of the rest was written and recorded last year, late at night in a hotel room in Amsterdam.”
The track actually takes its name from a cat belonging to Sam’s friend Gerald, which Sam says is extremely violent and possessive. “He has put Gerald’s wife Teri in the hospital, and fucked me up badly more than once because I had refused to admit there was a cat alive whose heart I could not win,” Sam says. “Turns out Schatze is such a cat.”
Obviously cats rule. We love the sound of Schatze the cat, and we love the sound of Schatze the song. Listen here and click through to order.