Interview

w/‚ÄčLiz Fisher and Corey Dickerson of The Cordial Sins

Lisa Sanchez

The Cordial Sins, the homegrown five piece dream-pop band from Columbus, Ohio, have been busy the last six months. The Cordial Sins, comprised of Liz Fisher, Corey Dickerson, Jeremy Miller, James Weaver, Kyle Edwards, released their debut, full-length album Daze and they've played numerous shows in support of the new album. Vocalist Liz and Corey took time to speak with me about their new album, their Ohio roots, and their plans for upcoming shows.

First things first, how did The Cordial Sins form?

LIZ: Well, Corey and I have been writing together for about 4 years. We met Jeremy when he was playing drums in a really great Beatles cover band and asked him to join. The three of us have been through a lot together and feel really at home with our current line up. This year, we were able to bring Kyle Edwards (guitar) and James Weaver (bass) on board and the group feels really solid.

Was there a conscious process to developing the band's sound or did it just occur naturally?

LIZ: I would say half and half. I definitely think that our sound partially occurs as a natural result of our influences. With Daze, however, we did try to keep in mind how cohesive we wanted the songs to sound. In that way, I think we put a lot of thought into how we wanted to initially define ourselves with this album. 

The Cordial Sins have existed since you were students. How has the band changed since then?

COREY: Pretty much everything has changed or evolved -- from the line up to the dynamics of the group and the ways in which we write our songs. 

What's the reception been like since you released Daze?

COREY: Wonderful. It feels good to finally have a record out. I think people like the atmosphere we create through our music and to me, that's an accomplishment. 

Take us through the recording process. What was it like recording your first full length album?

LIZ: It was a really long process for us. We had begun recording at The Oxide Shed in Athens in February of 2014. We basically went through a line up change/sound transformation mid-recording and had to start all over again. Our producer and engineer, Eddie, was really gracious about it. We were able to pick up where we left off without much of a problem, and we came back a lot stronger and more efficient. Once we had the group in place, we were able to record the songs during weekends over the course of a few months. 

What were the toughest parts about writing/recording Daze?

LIZ: Well, besides having to learn how to sing, I'd say that we felt a lot of pressure to release something quickly. We still took a lot of time on it, but we really didn't want to stay dormant for too long. While we were writing and recording, we didn't play shows. We just rehearsed, wrote, and recorded, hoping that it would turn out well and that people would like it. That got a little intense. 

The Cordial Sins have a surreal surf rock sound. What in inspires your music the most?

COREY: Thank you! I love being able to create - to let my mind wander. Music allows me to express myself without really knowing how I got there. Artists that inspire me a lot seem to capture that. Bands like Beach Fossils, Real Estate, The Shins, My Morning Jacket, etc. 

How would you describe your sound to someone who's never heard you before?

COREY: If I have to pick artists to compare us to, I usually state our influences just because it's easiest. I mention Broken Bells, The Shins, most things Danger Mouse, Real Estate, Deerhunter, and so on. To me, that's the easiest way to lead whomever I'm explaining it to in our direction. Still, I also mention that it's something you just have to hear for yourself. 

What are your weirdest musical influences?

LIZ: Queens of the Stone Age, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and classical music.

How does being from Columbus/Ohio influence your music?

LIZ: I think Columbus is a great city. I haven't really lived many other places but  I love it here. The music community is supportive and people really thrive on ideas and bringing them to life. A lot of people I meet are not only friendly, but are also genuinely interested in helping people and creating a sense of community. Having that type of openness in a city allows us to be whoever we want to be, play and write what we want, etc.

What's your favorite part of the Columbus music scene?

COREY: Rad bands. What's cool is that we entered this community as a new group and not only got exposed to a lot of great musicians, but also became friends with them. That's probably my favorite part. 

Daze has such a dreamy feel to it. What's the atmosphere like at your shows?

COREY: I guess it depends on the show -- who we're playing with and what type of audience the line up brings. People are attentive, for the most part, and we always seem to meet friendly, appreciative listeners.

You guys are doing a few Columbus shows in the next couple months. What are your plans for future touring?

LIZ: We're really trying to keep our shows in Columbus at a minimum just so we have enough time to get out of town. We plan on booking shows in other parts of Ohio during weekends in spring and summer. We'd also like to do a few [shows] regionally during the summer and fall. We're throwing around the idea of a week-long tour at some point. Other than that, we'd like to play some festivals. There are so many fun events in Ohio to perform at! 

What sets The Cordial Sins apart from other bands?

LIZ: Hmm, that's hard to say without being in another group. I've heard from a few people that they admire how organized we are, which is funny to me. Planning and constantly improving is in our nature, I think, and that only seems to help us. I can't speak for anyone else, but we really want to make this happen. To us, it's not about making money or being famous. We just want to spend as much time as possible doing what we enjoy doing and sharing it with as many people as possible. I think our drive defines us.

What do you want to see, more than anything, from the Ohio music scene?

COREY: It's hard for me to speak for Ohio's entire music scene because Columbus is such a small part of it. I'd really like to see more bigger bands in Columbus become regional or national acts because the scene is constantly growing. It seems like there's a new wave of bands popping up every day, which is great, but they need room to grow, too.

Keep an eye out for more shows from The Cordial Sins, invite them to your house show, and for the music listen to Daze.