Members: Cord Carpenter, Todd Meador, Johnny Villarreal, Mike Rasch
In a world where music is accepted as a means of emotional support, there will be many artists who stand out as leaders of their particular cause. While many tend to lean more towards betrayal or misfortune to get their point across, few tend to share the fact that they ride a fence of belief in spirituality and love in a true form. Few posses the desire to question what is real in their own heart and soul before they lead the listener down their own path of conviction.
Enter a songwriter on the verge of finding himself... a band on the verge of finding its cause... in an industry on the verge of losing its heart.
When you hear a front-man like Cord Carpenter sing of his trials and tribulations you cant help but recognize each emotion that aided to the songwriting. The music was created as a form of release of emotional control, but is received by his fans as emotional support. While each song can vary from the most positive of feeling to the most delicate, you cant help but take away something thought provoking, honest and pure.
Carpenter's musical journey started out in a small college town in central Texas. A desire to take his songwriting to the stage put him in the midst of musicians who were drawn to the sound and to the message. Soon after, Cord the musician became CORD the band. While Carpenters southern-influenced songwriting is often compared to the likes of Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers), Chris Martin (Coldplay), and Dave Groll (Foo Fighters), his inspirations span the gamut from Jackson Browne to Neil Young, The Who to Iain Anderson, and Bruce Hornsby to Johnny Cash. CORD surrounds this songwriting with the rhythm sections smooth but intense low-end flow of bassist Todd Meador and drummer Johnny Villarreal. The sultry experimental guitar of Mike Rasch tops off the sound with just enough flavor to help guide the listener back to Carpenters yearning vocals.
In 2005, after years of establishing themselves with multiple EPs, CORD released their first full-length album Who You Know to a sold out crowd at the world famous Stubbs in Austin, Texas. With radio play hits like Make It and This Time pushing the release, CORD toured the south extensively, gaining friends, fans and industry respect. Dubbed one of the top 5 homegrown rock bands of Austin by 101X KROX, CORD has put themselves on the Texas Rock-n-Roll map.
CORDs sound and message reached the eyes and ears of Daniel Duerr, president of Emerald City Entertainment Group in Santa Cruz, California. In early 2006, CORD took giant steps in their musical career by signing on to the Emerald City EG roster. With a new album in the works and a 3-month summer tour being set, CORD looks to make 2006 the year that will launch them to worldwide recognition.
>>ECEG signs a recording/publishing agreement with CORD (02/08/2006)
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. Emerald City Entertainment Group (emeraldcityeg.com) today announced the signing of a recording/publishing agreement with CORD (cordmusic.com), one of the leading rock bands from Austin, Texas. Dubbed one of the top 5 homegrown rock bands of Austin by 101X KROX, CORD brings a memorably distinctive pop rock sound to the Emerald City catalog.
Twenty-five year old Cord Carpenter, the bands front-man and singer/songwriter, brings a repertoire of more than 75 original songs to the ECEG Music Publishing Company catalog. While Carpenters southern-influenced songwriting is often compared to the likes of Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers), Chris Martin (Coldplay), and Dave Groll (Foo Fighters), his inspirations span the gamut from Jackson Browne to Neil Young, The Who to Iain Anderson, and Bruce Hornsby to Johnny Cash.
ECEG Records and CORD will select an initial ten songs from his repertoire which will be produced into a full-length release by Daniel Duerr and Rich Williams at the companys recording studio in Santa Cruz, California during February/March, 2006. The album will be released digitally in the spring 2006 with distribution through IODA (iodalliance.com), followed by a physical release in late summer/fall 2006 with distribution through Bayside Entertainment Distribution (baysidedist.com).
About Emerald City
Based in Northern California, Emerald City Entertainment Group is a contemporary music production & publishing company. Emerald City aims to deliver a higher quality musical product on a global basis by delivering its musical product the old fashioned way sincere songwriting, soulful music from real musicians, and a belief that exceptional music will always warrant recognition.
>>Hyperactive Music Magazine / mar-apr 2006 mag.no 09
With his slow drawing of every syllable, frontman Cord Carpenter seems to challenge The Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan to a singoff. While most bands that replicate the past fail due to unoriginality, Cord, with their expressive lyrics and simple beats, creates a new space. The album is built on broken dreams and disappointment. "Good Day," with its relationship going nowhere, seems lost between the past and future. Its simple 1-2 electric opening and keyboards tread on Strokes territory, but Carpenter brings you back with his voice, which falters on purpose. In "Gone Too Fast" Carpenter sings of resentment and a lost relationship: "inside when I can only see the side of my dark secrets, revealing to mass appeal." Heartache and bitterness never sounded so good.
Allie Shaw / www.hyperactivemusicmag.com
>>INSITE Magazine: Sept. 2003 | Vol. 2: Issue V
When I don't like a CD, I can tell you about a million reasons why it didn't impress me. But when I adore a CD, like Seguin-based band Cord's self-titled EP, I am usually so smitten that I'm at a loss for words.
Though reminiscent of current vocalists like Jason Wade of Lifehouse, Cord Carpenter, the band's namesake and lead vocalist, has a memorably distinctive melodic growl. The music itself is in the same vein as pop rock powerhouse like Creed and Collective Soul, but less grandiose, and like Matchbox Twenty, but more inspired.
Save the lackluster production quality, this album is practically radio-ready. I can't even really blame the band for that, though. For a locally and largely self-produced CD, it's quite impressive. It's not a full album and not a short EP. The six songs on the CD seem like a tease for something more to come, and I can't wait to hear what next. (A)
>>101X Austin- Shiner Bock Approved Band
CORD is now a 101x Shinerbock Approved Artist for 2005, as well as taken on sponsership through the Budweiser True Music Program.
>>Shut Eye Records - Ryan Hoffer A&R
I made a fresh pot of coffee this morning and sat back while I listened to the CD. What can I say? I love it! There's nothing more pleasant than reviewing a CD that you can actually get into. With the slow yearning vocals atop brooding arrangements, the music weaves an eccentric web of sounds - certainly the type of music that is capable of stirring the college radio airwaves.
The best thing about the album is its ability to surprise. Both the arrangements and the collection of songs themselves are delightfully unpredictable. From the narcotic falsettos of 'This Time' to the driving cadence of the Pete Yorn-reminiscent 'Make It', this CD presents quite the impressive repertoire. While every song is worthy of praise, my personal favorite off the album has to be 'This Time'. With its tranquilizing arrangement and array of heavenly feedback, this hypnotic little number drags itself along like a night on Xanex. This is the type of track I could listen to on a quiet, introspective evening drive. That being said, I really dig their style.
>>Gypsy Wind Ent. 2005
Cord is one of the most original sounding bands I have heard in some time. They have a UK tone with an American rock swagger. They are solid, energetic musicians with a desire to actually make it out of the pool and into the "A" lineup with acts that all have that certain something that will carry them far beyond the Texas bar rounds.
>>John Warden, President Rive Video
Cord is one of the best bands I watched the entire time there (SXSW 2005). Musically on the money...just good radio songs.
>>L.I.Z. Notorious Radio
I just listened to "Who You Know" and I really dig it. It sounds REALLY good!! There's some Dinosaur Jr. mixed with Radiohead and some others in there too. Good stuff.