Alternative go getters The Cordial Sins have only had two consistent members since 2015, in-between having other musicians fill in the gaps during their performances, as the duo went on to write and record material for some releases including their full-length "Daze" as well as an EP "Only Human". Within the coming months the band is planning out their next array of showcases with more music coming soon. Lead guitarist Corey Dickerson discusses the band's roots, music, and future ahead.
1. Can you give us a brief history of The Cordial Sins, music style, and the members.
Corey - The Cordial Sins are an alternative rock band from Columbus, Ohio. Liz and I have been the only two consistent members since 2015. As far as performing the music goes, we have Luke Harris (Synths, Guitar, Vocals), Kyle Edwards (Guitar), John Allen (Bass), and Mike Ortiz (Drums).
2. Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
Corey - Liz and I attended high school together. Shortly after we crossed paths and started writing together. Forming the band in 2015, we came across the name simply by playing with words in search of a new band name.
3. At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into alternative rock music?
Corey - Liz has played violin since age three and went on to study music performance at Ohio State University. I started playing piano at age 12. After moving to Ohio at 13, I began teaching myself to play guitar and bass. Both of us have been fans of Alternative Rock since a young age, taking a liking to bands, such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age and so on.
4. Give in more detail, some information about your latest EP, "Only Human"?
Corey - "Only Human", was written and recorded from March of 2016 - April 2017 at Relay Recording in Columbus,OH. Three out of seven tracks on the record were recorded almost exactly a year apart. We tracked the EP with Jon Fintel, owner and house engineer at Relay.
5. What is the difference between your EP and the last LP?
Corey - The LP was recorded and produced by Eddie Ashworth at his home studio in Athens, OH. The songwriting process was a lot different as far as what we were bringing to the table and how it was produced. In my mind, "Daze" also acted as kind of "genre searching" record for us. I think Liz and I had a couple different Ideas of what we wanted to do and writing and recording that record really taught us a lot about what we wanted and what we wanted to sound like.
If you listen back to that record there’s quite a bit that carried over into "Only Human". It’s more refined and the writing/production aspect is different. We had more tools at our disposal at Relay and Jon is a very open kind of guy when it comes to trying new things. It really shows on this record and "Only Human" wouldn’t sound like it without having someone like Jon!
6. Why did you want to go with releasing yet another full length as opposed to a EP?
Corey - Like I said before, "Daze" was our first crack at the recording process. It was more of a "genre searching" record and we were just starting to feel things out. We didn’t want to dive into another LP because we just weren’t ready. The EP shows how we’re progressing and it‘s a great representation of what we’re currently doing, and what to expect on our new LP.
7. What inspires The Cordial Sins music and lyric writing? What does The Cordial Sins lyrics talk about?
Liz writes a lot about aspects of life that are more or less out of our control and how we go about dealing with them. Namely, she focuses a lot on relationships, how we view our world, where we place our values, etc.
8. How did the band come up with the name The Cordial Sins and tell what does it means for you?
Corey - When we first landed on The Cordial Sins, we didn’t think much of it. However, people have told us it kind of reminds them of the duality in most people - the idea that we all have a little good and a little bad within us.
Corey - We’re currently booking Spring tours and will be writing and recording the coming months.
10. Any message to our readers?
We have our music on all streaming platforms! If you’re interested you can check out thecordialsins.com, give us a "Like" on Facebook or follow us on Spotify, Instagram & Twitter to keep up!