When I spoke with Jesse Lortz in 2011, he noted that he was “currently working on a book of short stories and poems. I will be self publishing it and trying to sell it in book or magazine shops!” Lortz was one of two singer/guitarists in The Dutchess and the Duke; since that group’s dissolution, he has continued making music under the name Case Studies, releasing the stark The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night later that year.
Interview by Tobias Carroll Though he’d played music in a host of Seattle-area bands for years, I first came across Jesse Lortz as one-half of The Dutchess & The Duke. Their pair of albums — both highly recommended — were catchy and gritty, confessional and irreverent. (Their second album, Sunset/Sunrise, was the reason for my last conversation with Lortz, which took place in 2009.) Following said band’s conclusion, Lortz has returned with Case Studies, which covers similar ground (touchstones: Leonard Cohen, mid-60s Stones, […]