John Curley's locally-famous recording studio, and with it a piece of the Cincinnati music community, has been shuttered, officially this time.
Ultrasuede Studios, opened by the bassist of the Afghan Whigs in 1993, was among the best recording studios in the city for many years, recording such local mainstays as Wussy and the Greenhornes, among many, many others. And it wasn't meant to end this way, at least not according to Curley: he still had recording sessions on the books when he received a month's notice that the studio's lease was not being renewed.
But it's not a complete end for Ultrasuede. The lights went out on the old space in March, but Curley wasn't about to let not having a studio stop him from having a studio. And it seems luck and good networking were on his side: Scott Beseler, owner of The Lodge in Dayton, KY, heard about Ultrasuede's closing and thought of a way to save it.