June 13, 2018

PHOTOS: Ultrasuede recording studio ends its quarter-century-plus run on Spring Grove Avenue

When the Ultrasuede recording studio was unceremoniously pushed out of its longtime Camp Washington location on Spring Grove Avenue this past spring after more than 25 years, Cincinnati music lost a longtime ally. But fear not — Ultrasuede has since set up shop in Northern Kentucky, inside the arts/music/performance facility The Lodge

Studio owner/operator John Curley provided CityBeat with several photos from throughout the years at Ultrasuede, which has been the site of countless recordings by Cincinnati-area artists, including high-profile acts like Heartless Bastards, The Greenhornes and Wussy, as well as non-local music heroes like Ronnie Spector, Patti Smith and The White Stripes. It had also remained the Cincinnati HQ for The Afghan Whigs — the legendary Cincinnati-spawned band of which Curley is a founding member — when they're in town to write, demo and/or rehearse.

Relive the magic as Ultrasuede embarks on the next chapter of its legacy through photos, as well as via Robert Cherry of Plastic Ants' beautiful tribute essay here.

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The control room at Ultrasuede Studio in March of 2018, shortly before the studio closed for good after 25 years of continuous operation.
PHOTO: Jesse Fox

The control room at Ultrasuede Studio in March of 2018, shortly before the studio closed for good after 25 years of continuous operation.

Mad Anthony performing as part of an All Night Party MPMF 2011 live stream event.
Photo: John Curley

Mad Anthony performing as part of an All Night Party MPMF 2011 live stream event.

Ultrasuede gets an exterior makeover for a film shoot.
Photo: John Curley

Ultrasuede gets an exterior makeover for a film shoot.

Between takes during a Wussy recording session at Ultrasuede Studio.
Photo: John Curley

Between takes during a Wussy recording session at Ultrasuede Studio.

Jerri Queen and John Hoffman in the control room at Ultrasuede.
Photo: John Curley

Jerri Queen and John Hoffman in the control room at Ultrasuede.

Plastic Ants’ Robert Cherry during the video shoot for the band's “A Sea of Upturned Faces” video.
Photo: John Curley

Plastic Ants’ Robert Cherry during the video shoot for the band's “A Sea of Upturned Faces” video.

Chuck Cleaver of Wussy records a piano overdub during the 'Attica' LP sessions.
Photo: John Curley

Chuck Cleaver of Wussy records a piano overdub during the 'Attica' LP sessions.

King Records session drummer Philip Paul and songwriter Cheryl Reneé recreate a classic King LP cover for a commemorative photo shoot.
Photo: John Curley

King Records session drummer Philip Paul and songwriter Cheryl Reneé recreate a classic King LP cover for a commemorative photo shoot.

The original QCA logo on the wall in Ultrasuede Studio.
Photo: John Curley

The original QCA logo on the wall in Ultrasuede Studio.

Holly Golightly and The Greenhornes working out the arrangement for “There Is An End” during The Greenhornes Dual Mono LP sessions.
Photo: John Curley

Holly Golightly and The Greenhornes working out the arrangement for “There Is An End” during The Greenhornes Dual Mono LP sessions.