The Kreutzer Sonata (TKS) is a four piece hardcore punk band based out of Chicago, IL USA, bringing their brand of raw, energy driven music tinged with dissonant melody across the midwest and beyond.
TKS’s music draws sonic influences from classic 82’ punk and hardcore as well as late 90’s-2000’s street punk while lyrically draws inspiration from musicians anywhere from Shane MacGowan and Tom Waits to Stiv Bators or Phil Geck (Monster Squad).
The band’s name itself is in reference to the beethoven violin/piano sonata and the leo tolstoy novella of the same name which references the musical piece.
In February 2020, this album “The Gutters of Paradise” was listed by the Chicago Reader as one of the top Chicago albums of the 2010’s.
“The Gutters of Paradise is a creative and well-executed slab of forward-thinking hardcore punk that deserves to be appreciated and listened to numerous times. Using chaotic hardcore as a vehicle for their ambitious ideas, The Kreutzer Sonata successfully cement their name alongside the very best of the genre.” -Metal Horizons
“Seamlessly blending visceral breakdowns and hardcore-isms with occasional technical metal structuring, the four-piece take some unexpected but powerful detours in a number of the songs here.” -Rocking Charts
“As the best bands of their subgenre have done — Morning Glory, Converge, and Code Orange, to name a few — The Kreutzer Sonata mastered chaos before transcending it. Though disorder often seems to control those who try to tame it, it’s clearly serving these Chicagoans, rather than vice-versa.” -Vinyl Sphere