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The Cordial Sins

Columbus, OH | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Columbus, OH | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Alternative Shoegaze






It’s been a busy year or so for The Cordial Sins, but they’ve no intention of slowing down their momentum yet. Following the release of last year’s EP Only Human and the bouncy guitar driven pop of this year’s ‘Sick of the Hype’, the Ohio natives return with their brand new single ‘Not Enough’.

Dialling down some of the jerky energy found on their previous single, ‘Not Enough’ segway’s from softly rippling synths and emotive undercurrents to bombastic drums and whirring guitars for a buoyant and anthemic chorus. Vocalist and guitarist Liz Fisher brings undeniable presence to the track, her voice shifting from soft coos to commanding wails as she dissects her personal relations with those close to her.

“’Not Enough’ explores the human connection we strive to achieve through familial and romantic relationships as well as fortified friendships,” she shares of the track. “It is a lamentation on our inability to achieve absolute perfection by simply expressing our love for one another”.

Drawing on 90s riot grrrl and 00s staples including Death Cab For Cutie and Radiohead alongside the shoegaze sentimentalities of Slowdive, The Cordial Sins are making waves with their nostalgic rock sound. They have a handful of live shows currently in the calendar including Bellweather Music Festival alongside The Flaming Lips and MGMT. - Born Music


We live in a time that questions authenticity at every turn,” The Cordial Sins’ Liz Fisher laments. “It’s too often that I ask myself if what I’m creating is good enough, and I especially wonder if it will generate the same momentum as my male peers. Are we adequately marketable? What’s our vibe?” The music world is rife with contradictions, and there is perhaps no greater juxtaposition than the inherent pressure on the musician for both creativity and marketability. It’s a seemingly doomed balancing act, and a tale told time and time again: The more you needle things and overthink the details, the harder music creation becomes.

Though it’s far easier said than done, the best course of action is to shut off any doubt and (like Common once said,) just be: Make freely, uninhibited by external distraction. A garage rock explosion of restless energies, The Cordial Sins’ new single “Sick of the Hype” captures the stress and strain of internal and external pressures to succeed while being authentic and true to yourself. Fisher describes it as “the pure exhaustion of measuring up to someone else’s standards, when all that should really matter are your own.”

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Sick of the Hype,” the latest single from Columbus, Ohio’s The Cordial Sins (officially out Friday, June 1, 2018). The alternative rock duo of Liz Fisher and guitarist Corey Dickerson have introduced themselves over the past few years with a fearless mix of cool rock pepper with suave pop sensibility. 2017’s Only Human EP manages to be incredibly intimate, without alienating a single listener: The band brought us deep into a world filled with doubt and joy, connection and trouble.

“Sick of the Hype” finds The Cordial Sins returning with an unquenchable fire, leaning into a heavier rock sound defined by overdriven, grungy guitars, unforgiving lyrics, and a magnetic, riot grrrl punk attitude. It’s got the kind of resolute spirit we can’t help but embrace.

“Fly solo,” Fisher sings in a downtempo, lyrically-sparse verse. Interspersed with yeah yeah chants and emotive guitar work, the song’s verse focuses on emotion rather than words, building slowly toward the anxiety-laden, perseverant outpouring in the chorus. “Do you rule and decide? Are you along for the ride?” Fisher asks, guitars throttling behind her as The Cordials Sins break out of the box.

The one thing that links all anthems together is the pure passion surrounding them – pushing them forward, and feeding their flames. The Cordial Sins wear their fire with pride in “Sick of the Hype,” lashing out at a system of expectations that hurts more than it helps. “Sick of the Hype” burns bright, an anthem of independence and staying power that refuses to conform to another’s ideals. It’s a big f*** you to an establishment that wants to put artists in label-friendly boxes.

Luckily for us, The Cordial Sins being true to themselves and no one else is as good as it gets. Pure and uninhibited, “Sick of the Hype” is how rock music was meant to be, and we hope this Columbus duo never changes. Stream The Cordial Sins’ fiery new single exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and stay connected with the band via their socials below! - Atwood Magazine

"Sound Advice: Bunbury Music Festival"

AltPop/Rock quintet The Cordial Sins is one of several Columbus, Ohio acts booked for Bunbury this year, a practice that began when the festival was taken over by PromoWest Productions a couple of fests ago. While theoretically that practice may have taken slots away from Greater Cincinnati artists (Bunbury still features locals on par with how it was pre-takeover), bands like The Cordial Sins make it easy to forgive. The group’s 2015 debut album, Daze, is an endearing mix of alluring dreamscapes, ethereal ear-caressing melodies and progressive guitar work, bringing to mind a captivating collaboration between peak-era Lush and a younger, pre-Pop-abandonment Radiohead. (Mike Breen) - City Beat

"ComFest 2017 Picks"

The Cordial Sins

1:40 p.m. Saturday, Off Ramp

This local indie-rock act is just on the cusp of realizing its promise — witness last fall’s single “Go On,” which you may well have heard, given how busy the band is. Get your gardening done Saturday morning and don’t miss this set. JF - Columbus Alive

"Premiere: “Go On” and Check Out The Cordial Sins’ New Video"

Inspired by acts from Radiohead to Real Estate, The Cordial Sins are making music to soundtrack both your dreams and existential pondering. Today, the band is bringing us a visually striking video to accompany their song “Go On”, and to say it’s an immersive experience is an understatement.

The Columbus, Ohio quartet released their first full length album in 2015, and have been going strong in the realm of indie music since. With plans for an EP on the books for 2017, this isn’t the last you’ll hear from the band this year… But it might be the only time you hear from them with an over-sized stuffed dog. Check out the music video for “Go On” below! - IDOBI ANTHM

"Go On"

Like a new moon ascending over a panoramic plain, “Go On” is the dramatic, wide-angled new single from Columbus, Ohio’s The Cordial Sins. A shimmering echo as daylight fades, you can download the track right now from their Bandcamp page, where you can find their previous releases as well. Their new EP will arrive in the Spring. - The Autumn Roses

"The Cordial Sins "Angela""

With a mysterious, blue-haired cartoon woman in the moonlight as its cover art, The Cordial Sins’ single “Angela” might seem like it’s just another guy-pines-for-girl tune. About half way through the ambient rock song, though, vocalist Lucas Harris breaks the news to us that Angela is gone, and melancholy chaos ensues.

A five-piece band from Columbus, Ohio, The Cordial Sins have a knack for taking the expected and twisting it on its side. “Angela” starts out with a folky twang as a backdrop to Harris’ cryptic narrative, showing the band’s influence from lyric-driven groups like Death Cab for Cutie. Soon, “Angela” evolves to bring back the band’s ambient pop sound, which appeared prominently on their November LP Daze. Like the character Angela, The Cordial Sins are unpredictable, incorporating an array of different instruments, styles, and sounds into their songs. - Impose

"Friday Spotlight - The Cordial Sins"

Date: February 3, 2017
Author: Rick Gethin

When I meet members of a band for an interview in Columbus, it usually happens in one of four places; a coffee house, a recording studio, a venue, or a pub.

Liz Fisher and Corey Dickerson from The Cordial Sins suggested we meet at O’Reilly’s Pub on North Hight St. As many people know, it warms my heart to have a conversation over a few pints in an Irish pub. Instantly, they became “good people” in my book.

In between bites from a few baskets of various delicious foodstuffs, Guinness Stout and local craft beers, our conversation wandered over the history of the band and into future endeavors.

Intrigued by the juxtaposition of “Cordial” and “Sins” together as their name, I had to ask how they settled on it.

Corey chuckled and said, “We were sort of just looking at band names, idioms and weird things. ‘Cardinal Sins’ was misread as ‘Cordial Sins’, and that’s how we came up with it.”

It’s been 14 months since they released their inaugural effort, “Daze“. Released in November 2015, the eleven tracks have a light and airy quality to them, with the music perfectly underscoring Liz’s lyrical melodies. The track “Goodbye” appears to be the precursor of the sound they were looking for.

“I think ‘Daze’ was an experimental point for us,” said Corey. “I think we had a very broad idea of where we wanted to go with it. I would describe our sound as Alternative Indie Rock with a bit of Dream Pop woven through it. Our sound is inspired by Beach House, The Shins and Deerhunter.”

The guitar sound intricately weaves its way through and around Liz’s vocals with an almost ethereal beauty, going slightly heavy at just the right moments.

“The inspiration for the guitar parts comes from Radiohead and Ambulance LTD,” Corey continued. “It’s ambient, ‘reverby’ and ‘surfy’ almost, at times.”

Liz added, “I think it’s almost a juxtaposition of dream elements with rock.”

Still in search of that special Cordial Sins sound, they released the track “Go On” in September 2016. Picking up where “Goodbye” left off, “Go On” shows the band growing into the sound they have been searching for.

“I think there are tracks on ‘Daze’ that hint at where we want to go,” Corey says of their evolving sound. “‘AM’, ‘Places’, ‘You’ and ‘Sway’ are pretty good indications of where the distorted guitars come from and the pushiness in our new sound. It’s definitely a conscious effort by us to move in that direction.

“We’ve always wanted to be more guitar-heavy. It’s just a matter of doing it and getting to that point.”

“Go On” has that ambient and ethereal quality that was prevalent throughout “Daze”, but with an underlying heaviness that showcases their growing maturity.

Liz’s vocals were reminiscent of early Deborah Harry and Voice of the Beehive on “Daze.” For their latest effort, she melds a maturing Deborah Harry, but sprinkles in some Polly Jean Harvey. Her voice is the perfect companion for the heavier sound.

Asked if the new EP will be a continuation of the “Go On” sound, Corey said, ” Yes, definitely. It’s very guitar-heavy and in the same realm (as ‘Go On’).”

Liz jumped in and said, “There are a few songs that aren’t as dark as ‘Go On’, and then there’s one that’s even heavier than ‘Go On.’ I mean, it doesn’t sound like ‘Sway’ or ‘The Fall’, which are very much in the Folk realm.”

The underlying emotion of “Go On” is aurally appealing, while at the same time portending things to come.

“I think we’re getting real close,” Corey said of settling on their sound. “We’re almost there. We’re getting more comfortable with the creative process.

“That process for ‘Daze’ was so much about pulling apart. When I listen to the very first demoes of those songs, I wonder how did we even get there in the end? But now, it’s so much more…”

“Streamlined,” interjected Liz.

“… yes, so much more ‘BAM! Here it is!’ So yeah, I would say we’re getting very close,” concluded Corey.

They are in the process of recording the new material and getting their sound just right. They’re anticipating a Fall release for the new music, although they have debuted a few of the new songs at recent shows.

A welcomed helping-hand, exposure-wise for the band, has been Columbus radio station CD 102.5 and their long-standing support of local music.

“I think we’ve developed a pretty good relationship with many of the people at CD 102.5 over the course of a year and a half,” said Liz. “The whole ‘independent radio thing’ is great. I think it all started when we started doing ‘Local Love’ (WWCD-sponsored showcase).”

“Doing the ‘Local Love’ was like the coolest thing, back then,” Corey said. “It was a thing for almost two years for us. It was a scene that CD 102.5 helped to create.”

One of the last of the independent radio stations, CD 102.5 has long been a proponent of supporting the community they serve. As Randy Malloy once told me, they’re “hyper-local”, and this has not gone unnoticed by the local musicians.

“They’re really involved in the community,” said Liz, “and we appreciate them being so involved in the local music scene. That doesn’t happen everywhere.”

Corey summed it up by saying, “People don’t realize how we’re really lucky to have CD 102.5 in Columbus.”

With new music coming out this Fall, we are anxiously anticipating what The Cordial Sins will offer to the masses. We have a hunch that it will mark a new level for the band. But don’t take our word for it. Go see them yourself. You surely won’t be disappointed.

The Cordial Sins next local show is at The Basement on March 11, 2017. - Music in Motion - Columbus

"When the big game ends, the music will have just begun"

The Cordial Sins

Contact: 614-449-9612,

Style: dream-pop

Liz Fisher can break out the bubbly.

Her indie-pop quintet will perform second on the New Year's Eve bill at the Big Room Bar, after Southerand before experimental rockers Playing to Vapors.

That leaves enough time to unplug the guitars and slip into the crowd to celebrate the start of 2017.

"I'm really excited to be not playing, actually," Fisher, the band's lead vocalist, said of her 10 p.m. slot.

The band, which is working on a new EP, released the distorted, guitar-heavy single "Go On" in September.

Fisher thinks the track -- about the excitement and uncertainty of life as a musician -- is one of their strongest songs to date.

That confidence in her work, and in the Cordial Sins' strong relationships with area artists, keeps Fisher from worrying about any competition on Saturday.

"Whoever shows up, shows up," said Fisher, 24. "I always prefer that people do what they want to do, have fun and be safe doing it."

Doors open: 6 p.m.

Tickets: $15, or $20 at the door - The Columbus Dispatch

"The Cordial Sins Talk Independents’ Fest & New Debut Single, “Go On”"

It’s been barely a year since The Cordial Sins released their debut album, DAZE, an ethereal haze of pop & post-rock. It’s a surprisingly cohesive debut album — each song has a distinct flavor but fits into their narrative, their sound. What’s most surprising is how hard it is to pinpoint their influences which is a testament to their vision as a band. The band consists of front woman Liz Fisher (vocals, keyboards, violin), Corey Dickerson (guitars, vocals), Kyle Edwards (guitar), James Weaver (bass), and Jeremy Miller (drums).

Since their debut, they’ve spent much of 2016 performing around Ohio and had the opportunity to open for several national acts, Genevieve, Night Moves, The Features, and Civil Twilight. Hell, you’ve probably heard them performing at CD102.5, having played their 25th Anniversary Celebration, Local Holiday Showcase, and CD102.5 Day Local Showcase.

I had the pleasure of talking with them about their upcoming Independents’ Fest show, where they touched on their new single, “Go On,” — a dreamy, slow moving epic that builds to a chorus onslaught of squealing guitars and a driving beat while Liz chants hypnotically the track’s title.

Q: How do you guys get involved with Independents Day Fest?

A: We’ve become pretty familiar with Independents Day over the last several years while many of us have lived in Columbus. I’ve always admired ID Fest because it’s always a great lineup of local bands alongside so many aspects of the Cbus community that rock — local food trucks, beer, crafts, etc. They’ve got the whole package!

Q: Where can people find you?

A: We’ll be performing this Sunday at 3:45 on the Fantasy & Folklore stage, right before Mojoflo.

Q:Is there a new album in the works?

A: We just released a new single, “Go On,” on Monday in time for Independents Day Fest. It is hopefully the first a of a few singles that we’ll be releasing during the coming months and can be downloaded for free at And yes, we’re definitely working on new music.

Q: You released your first album, DAZE in 2015 — what are the plans now that it’s been out?

A: We’re really trying to experiment more with the type of sound we’ll have moving forward. I think “Go On” is a pretty good indication of what’s to come, but we also like to have a bit of variety. Our current plan is to release a few singles, then maybe do an EP or a full-length. That’s TBD.

Q: What’s on the horizon after Independents Day Fest?

A: After Independents Day, we’ll have a small string of shows but will largely be taking a step back so we can focus on new music and our next moves. We like to go into a sort of performance hibernation during the colder months so that we can focus on more creative output, especially since we’ve been so busy performing regionally. There may even be a music video at some point… but you’ll have to wait and see! - 614NOW

"The Test Drive- The Cordial Sins - Daze"

From Columbus, Ohio to the world is the first thing I think of when I think of The Cordial Sins’ new album, “Daze”. Singer Liz Fisher has a new fan here with her sultry yet soothing vocals as she soars above the melody of every song and gives it a signature that is all about The Cordial Sins.

The band has not problem keeping up, however, as every track is testament to that fact. As I listen it becomes clear that this is one of those bands that were destined to be together because they get “it”. Not quite Alternate and not quite pop, every track is a catchy lucid dream of a bottle that captures the essence of the lyrics and set adrift in the ocean of your mind as you’re left immersed in each hook and every drop. - Jammerzine

"The Cordial Sins- Daze"

The end of one thing almost certainly marks the beginning of something new, or at least something else. Maybe something empty or something fragile. Or maybe something bold and adventurous. Loss can bring about many fears and desires as we take inventory of what was left behind. This is no mystery to The Cordial Sins, who explore varying themes of longing, yearning, and demise across their debut full-length.

Before the release of Daze, The Cordial Sins occupied a markedly disparate sonic sound scape. The little documentation from the band’s earlier moments points to major changes in membership and composition prior to the recording and release of their debut album. The band’s current incarnation is strong and formidable—the lineup change is one made out of calculation and confidence.

The Cordial Sins, in their present state, are an alternative rock band. They have an active pulse that is varied without being erratic. Their movements are fluid and well-practiced. They’re dream-pop leaning, though I’d be hesitant to classify them solely as a dream-pop band, if only because the lines between dream-pop and shoegaze are no longer blurred in the ways they were in the early 90s. Their particular dream-pop and shoegaze tendencies are distilled and applied with careful vigilance. There are no gimmicks here, just pure pop sensibility.

Daze—above all else—is a triumph of balance, reliance, and composure. Between emotive swells and swirling washes are carefully placed displays of expertise without any hint of peacocking or swagger. The arrangements consistently serve the songwriting. Every note of every passage played with each and every instrument feels necessary. The Cordial Sins have a solid and concise rhythm section that most bands would envy, particularly with the prominent bass guitar that provides the heartbeat and forward momentum for nearly every song. The dual guitar lines that lace every song are carefully orchestrated and come packaged in ambiance and modulation that never feels out of place. The keys, synthesizers, and strings provide a depth and shimmer that opens the album up to listening after listening.

Much of the album’s accessibility comes from the allure of frontwoman Liz Fisher. Her voice is often lighter than air—it’s rarely magnificent, but always pleasant. Her singing is neither tender or callous. Her presence occupies a space where the voice of a woman might become the voice of any woman.

The album’s lyrics are polished and they appear to come from a place of deep consideration. Fisher can most often be heard lamenting over the passage of time, too afraid or tired to do anything other than trace her own footsteps. It takes a truly melancholic heart to romanticize leaving and staying all at once like this collection of songs does. The stories are believable too, but they don’t always feel like they belong solely to the speaker. The lyrics are specific enough to elicit emotion, but general enough to bend to the memories and needs of the listener. They are neither clever or clichéd. They steer clear of the well- worn forms of confessional and fable. These songs pause and take note from artists whose catalogs have aged with dignity and grace, and this is the key to Daze’s success. These stories are meant to be shared because they come from a conjoined or collective heart.

I think an album will age best if it asks more questions than it answers, and Daze does just that. It’s fitting that Fisher, in one of the grandest moments of the album asks, “So, who will you be when I’m not around?” She sings without even a hint of malice. Moments like this seize the true spirit of an album marked by loss and disillusionment. Daze captures a sense of both candor and immediacy, which is a difficult feat, especially when considering the subject matter. Where did this inspiration come from and how long will it last? What did they leave behind in the well and what’s next? There’s no way to know, but I think Fisher says it best when she sings, “Your smile is always sweeter when the / days are numbered.”

Score: 4/5 - Tuned Up

"Six Records CMM Wants You To Know"

Led by the dynamic presence of vocalist Liz Fisher, Columbus Ohio's The Cordial Sins strike big on their latest album "Daze". Their sound has elements of indie pop, shoegaze and classic 90's alternative rock that make stand out tracks like "Am", "Overboard" and "Sway" the type of songs that you will be singing along to for days on end. The record is also fueled by upbeat numbers like "Dangerous State" and "Give It Up" which bring to mind classic bands like Roxy Music and Talking Heads. The musicianship shown throughout the album is simply top notch as the work of guitarists Kyle Edwards and Corey Dickerson is backed by the spot on rhythm section of bassist Alex Randall and Drummer Jeremy Miller. Start to finish "Daze" is nothing short of stellar and very deserving of recognition across the globe. - Custom Made Music

"The Cordial Sins “The Fall”"

There’s nothing like a good sounding alternative rock band, especially when new instruments are added into the mix. The Cordial Sins had me hooked from my first listen to their debut release DAZE, which came out in early November. Combining the sounds of lead singer Liz Fisher’s vocals with a violin and a keyboard, along with the classic rock pairing of guitar/bass/drums, the sounds mix together to form something wonderfully hypnotic.
I can’t help but put play “The Fall” repeatedly. The violin combines with the keys to create a haunting yet compelling sound that is weaved throughout Fisher’s voice, taking moments to pull you in and to surprise you. By the time it’s over, you realize just how addicting it really is.
The lyrics aren’t anywhere to find so far, but one interpretation I have is that the song is a story about fallen people who have left their music to be remembered. I could be wrong, but I like to think that the violin is the song of the fallen people and Fisher’s singing is a person interpreting it in the present. It creates a story in my head that isn’t told through words but through the composition.
Of course, to each his own: for any interpretation, just be sure to let the strings take you away. - (the) Absolute Mag

"Musical contrasts play out in dual Cordial Sins/ Friendly Faux release show"

Cordial Sins’ singer/keyboardist Liz Fisher kicked off the band’s Saturday performance at the Big Room Bar singing about the sun meeting her eyes, a fitting visual for “AM,” a warm, inviting number that mirrored the feel of daybreak.

The concert, a dual release show for Sins’ new album Daze and Abandon Ship!, the latest long-player from raucous rock trio Friendly Faux, might’ve lasted only a few hours, but it still managed to stretch from morning through the wee hours of the night, with the Faux mates ripping through an abbreviated set that played like last call at a claustrophobic dive when compared with Cordial Sins’ sunnier, daytime fare.

Fisher and bandmates Corey Dickerson (guitar/backing vocals), Kyle Edwards (guitar), Alex Randall (bass) and Jeremy Miller (drums) swung between pretty, laid-back tunes that lingered like those long summer days of childhood (“Sway”) and more upbeat cuts like “Overboard,” which shuffled along like a top deck dance-off. Though steeped in pop-rock tradition, the songs rarely traversed a straight line, and the bandmates frequently colored tracks with artier musical flourishes. Dickerson laced a jangly, loose-limbed “Dangerous State,” for one, with reverberating guitar riffs that mimicked stones dropped one by one into a pond.

For the most part, Friendly Faux refrained from detail work in its ferocious headlining turn, with singer/guitarist Geoff Spall, drummer Brandyn Morit and bassist Charis Yost functioning as something of an industrial shredder on songs that grew increasingly unhinged as the set progressed. After opening with “Prophet Motive,” a murkier number built on creeping guitar and even creepier lyrics (“Nobody here to hear when you scream”), the trio dispensed with the formalities. What followed were an assortment of fast, fuzzy rockers like “You Know Who You Are,” which could’ve existed comfortably in the early ’90s alt-rock era and found the band members bashing at their instruments so ferociously I half expected someone in the audience to start yelling “WorldStar” while filming the beat-down.

Similar contrasts played out between the evening’s openers the Original Soundtrack and the Receiver, with the former remaining earthbound on a series of blues-stoked rockers and the latter drifting into the cosmos on the spacey, synth-driven tunes culled from its excellent new album All Burn, which surfaced earlier this year. - Columbus Alive

"Cordial Sins look to take Columbus to church"

The Cordial Sins have only played a handful of shows since reforming after an eight-month hiatus, but the band’s upbeat pop sound and tight rhythm section have garnered praise not just from audiences, but also from local alt-rock radio station CD102.5.

The Sins played the opening night of the radio station’s new Big Room Bar on Aug. 21 — a dream gig for any band looking to make a mark on the Columbus music scene.

“We are currently going for it. We’re chasing the dream, man,” guitarist and vocalist Corey Dickerson said.

Judging from the band’s live sound, held together by Jeremy Miller’s rock-solid tempo on the drums and Alex Randall’s grooving bass lines, the eight months of songwriting and rehearsal have brought the Sins closer to the dream than ever before.

The band’s currently untitled full-length album is slated for release in November, from which the advance single “Places” has already been released, led by lead singer Liz Fisher’s dreamy keyboard lines and strong melodies.

“A lot of local bands do EPs or they’ll do four or six songs, but we really wanted to challenge ourselves to do [a] full album,” Miller said.

The Sins have a shot at becoming Columbus’ next local darlings, but guitarist Kyle Edwards noted the importance of the listener at the end of the interview.

“OSU is huge — there’s like 50,000 people — and I feel like I see the same people at shows every week,” Edwards said. “If kids pick up this paper and read, they’ve just got to know that there’s something to do every week, a couple of times a week — local music that’s actually good.”

The Cordial Sins’ next show is slated for Friday at Brothers Drake Meadery. - Uweekly

"Muddy Paw PR’s Monthly Music Mashup: August 2017"

Summer isn’t over yet! Sure, the mornings may be a bit chillier, and school may be back in session, but that doesn’t mean that we have to wind down the summer anthems just yet.
This month, we have music from New Jersey and Columbus, including My Lonely Heart, Callout, The Front Bottoms, Wicked Hollow, The Vaughns, Fun While You Wait, Deaf Rhino, Olivia Bec, The Cordial Sins, Hello Luna, and Fields and Planes.
Kick back, turn up your sound, and enjoy these last days of summer with some of NJ and Columbus’ best. - Substream Magazine

"The Cordial Sins Release First Single From Upcoming EP"

By: Abby Jeffers, In The Record Store Feature Writer.

The Cordial Sins has embraced the beauty of simplicity in “Control,” the band’s latest single.

Frontwoman Liz Fisher says the biggest struggle in writing the song was trying not to overthink its “simple chord progression” – which is exactly why she likes it. While the progression itself is not complex, the structure and rhythmic shifts in the track forced the band to rely on these cues to get through the song.

One of the Cordial Sins’ goals with its new EP (“Only Human,” out Oct. 21) is to make its music more accessible, and “Control” is no exception. The single is more “pop-oriented” than their previous alternative rock, as guitarist Corey Dickerson says, despite ‘90s post-grunge influences. “Control” is premiering on In The Record Store radio all week, and can also be heard below and on Bandcamp. - In The Record Store

"Columbus’ own: The Cordial Sins find their stride with new EP"

Columbus alternative-rock group, The Cordial Sins, is beginning to find its stride with its latest EP, “Only Human,” which is set to be released on Oct. 21.
The creative forces behind “Only Human” are front woman Liz Fisher and lead guitarist Corey Dickerson. Dickerson said the band’s small size played a huge part in solidifying the its sound for its new EP.
“Getting five or six people to agree on [a trajectory] is so freaking hard,” Dickerson said. “We know what we want to sound like, I think we know how we want to progress and it’s just easier to find people and be like, ‘Hey, we have these songs, do you want to help us write these bass parts and drum parts?’”
Fisher and Dickerson had mutual friends in high school in Delaware, Ohio, but didn’t officially meet until college. At Ohio State, Fisher and Dickerson started working together after Dickerson began a musical project that needed strings, and Liz was a classically trained violinist studying violin performance.
The duo’s new sound can be compared to groups like the Cranberries or Wolf Alice, with their new EP taking on simpler alternative-pop songs. Fisher and Dickerson said they took aspects of the band’s first EP that they liked, and translating that into a new set of songs.
However, finding balance was a big challenge for the duo.
“We really tried not to overcomplicate things,” Dickerson said. “It [was] still hard to write because, I think simplicity is the key to great pop songs no matter what the genre is, but you have to keep the listener engaged.”
The recording process was also a lot smoother the second time around, Fisher and Dickerson said. With their first album, they worked with a producer in Athens, Ohio, and drove back and forth from Columbus and Athens to record the album.
This time, they worked at local recording studio Relay Recordings and collaborated closely with engineer Jon Fintel, who even plays on the new EP.
“I felt myself being much more particular about things this time around … and we were much more hands-on in the mixing process [and] even a little bit in the mastering process,” Fisher said. “Really every step of the way we tried to interject our own vision, which was good.”
Following the release of “Only Human,” The Cordial Sins will be doing a Midwest tour, playing shows in cities including Chicago, Philadelphia, Toledo and Newark, Ohio.
At the moment, both Fisher and Dickerson are working day-jobs on top of playing, writing, marketing and networking for The Cordial Sins. Fisher said the eventual goal is to make The Cordial Sins not only their main source of creative focus, but of their time and energy as well.
“We’re just kind of living on a dream,” she said. “I kind of like that … it’s stressful, but I would rather invest my time and energy and money in doing this rather than something that I just can’t stand.”
The Cordial Sins will celebrate the release of the “Only Human” with a show at Ace of Cups on Oct. 21 with openers Cherry Chrome Playing to Vapors. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. - The Lantern

"First Listen: The Cordial Sins – Control"

I have a truly guilty pleasure that is good music and I have a confession to make. I absolutely love The Cordial Sins. They are almost the perfect band in my humble opinion. They write beautiful, complex, yet hook-laden songs. They have that perfect marriage of soulful singer and powerful musicians. Their albums are assembled in such a way that you can just let them play from start to finish (just check out our review for their previous effort). And they’re from Ohio! OK that last one may be subject to opinion but hey, My girlfriend is from Ohio, so there!

One thing I can tell you, though, is that when The Cordial Sins release something, and I did not think about this until this review, is that I honestly cannot find a favorite track. I love each and every one of their songs individually for different reasons, much like I do The Beatles or Fleetwood Mac. Each song has a rich layer unique to itself as if every one of their songs was born and raised with the love a mother gives to her child yet retain that slightly devilish smirk just under the surface so you can’t tell where each song will take you. Much like a cordial sin.

If you live or are anywhere in the Midwestern United States on October 21st do yourself a favor and get to the Ace Of Cups in Columbus, Ohio and witness this music live at their release party. Details below.

The Cordial Sins Vinyl Ep Release Show Details:

Date: 10/21/17
Time: 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM (U.S. Eastern Time Zone)
Cover Charge: $8-10
Other Acts: Playing To Vapors, Cherry Chrome
Location: Ace of Cups
Address: 2619 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43202
Location Telephone: (740) 972-8835 - Jammerzine

"Interview: The Cordial Sins"

Columbus band, The Cordial Sins, are getting ready to release their EP, Only Human, on Saturday, October 21st. They’ll be celebrating the release with a show that night at Ace of Cups, where they will be performing along with fellow Columbus bands Cherry Chrome and Playing To Vapors. Ahead of the release, I was able to preview the entire seven song EP, and then chat with frontwoman Liz Fisher (vocals/keys/violin/guitar) and Corey Dickerson (lead guitar/vocals).

Sean O’Connor (Listen LIVE Columbus): OK, so, let's start with the new EP, Only Human, which is coming out on October 21st. How would you guys talk about your sound now on this new EP vs. your first album, Daze? Because I feel like it's definitely progressed and changed somewhat.

Corey Dickerson (The Cordial Sins): I think that with Daze it was very much still a time where we were trying to figure out what we really wanted to do. I think it’s a pretty cohesive record for the most part. But we we're really still trying to experiment with a lot of different sounds and things like that. I think with this new EP, it has a lot more direction. It definitely has a lot of implements from that first record still, but it's a bit heavier. There's a lot more guitar. I think we we're really trying to think outside the box as far as doing different things production-wise and even just song structure and things like that, you know. Some of it's pretty basic and that's what we we're really trying to do is just keep it basic pop format for some of it. But I think some of it we really tried some new things. I think it will show that we've really grown over the past two years in between records, as players and songwriters.

Sean: Liz, there's less noticeable violin from you on the new songs.

"We thought more about the bigger picture and
more about how the songs relate to each other"

Liz Fisher (The Cordial Sins): Oh yeah, way less. Not even as much synth really. It's mostly guitars. I would say that we thought more about the bigger picture and more about how the songs relate to each other. But, to be fair, since it's an EP, I think you can be more varied, maybe, than on an album. I think progressing in our songwriting is definitely true. I felt like I helped assist more from the beginning of things with some of the riffs, since we didn't focus so much on strings and piano/synth. So, that went hand-in-hand with me learning guitar parts which was helpful. It really changed the way we wrote vocal melodies. So I think it makes a little bit more sense to me than some of the stuff we did on Daze. I definitely have a harder time trying to learn those songs on guitar and sing them than this new batch of songs. From a songwriting standpoint I think it's a little more straightforward and cohesive.

Sean: So, for an EP, Only Human is on the longer side at seven songs, almost an album. Only one of the songs has been previously released, and that's "Go On" which you put out as a single last year. I have to assume that you got a lot of positive feedback from "Go On;" it's played on the radio here locally a lot. Did that song help shape this record? Did you write "Go On" first before you had written most of the other stuff on this EP?

Liz: We actually recorded "Go On," "Martyrs," and "People, Places, Things" all at the same time. That was done last March and then we went back and I re-recorded some vocals on "People, Places, Things," but for the most part all of that stuff is original from last year.

Corey: After those first three, we wrote the other four together in like a month or two. It was pretty fast, except for "Control." "Control" took the longest.

Liz: "Under Fire" was probably the next one we wrote, and then "Control," which did take forever.

Sean: I think "Control" seems to hearken back to Daze for me more than a lot of the other stuff on the EP. Is that how you guys felt about it?

Corey: Yeah, definitely.

Liz: I like "Control" the most. I think that the one that reminds me most of Daze is "Martyrs". Just because of the strings, and because I would say it's one of the more pop-esque songs.

Sean: With "Go On," you guys put out a pretty interesting music video in conjunction with Loose Films last year. How did that video come about?

"They gave us the basic idea of it,
and then we just sort of pieced it together"

Corey: We had been talking to Loose Films, at that point, for like a year about making a music video together. They'd been really busy, and we'd been really busy. It was just a matter of figuring out what song we wanted to do and stuff like because we were originally talking about doing a video for a song off of Daze and then we started writing new material and were like "let's just roll with this." So I wanted them to come up with basic concept ideas. One of the ideas was for the music video that we made, about this guy going through this relationship issue. So they gave us the basic idea of it, and then we just sort of pieced it together. They got all the props and did all the location work and script work and all that crap.

Liz: We were onsite for the whole thing, but the idea was basically theirs, and then they have various people within the group that do the directing and the staging and they run a tight ship. They brought a videographer from New York that they're friends with, and they also hired the actors. Which we're cool with. I feel like a lot of times when we work with people, even in that kind of context, when you're doing a video or your music is going to be represented in a certain way through somebody else's idea, we are pretty much OK with allowing somebody to interpret our music the way they would like to.

Corey: It makes it a lot more fun that way.

Sean: It was just so neat because so many bands just do the standard video - themselves playing in some artistically interpreted way.

Liz: Yeah we talked about that. I feel like we just decided that we didn't want to be in it. We might do another video where we're part of it, but we kind of felt that as a first main music video this was cool.

Sean: On "Only Human," the title track from the new EP, you kind of talk a little bit philosophically about us as human beings, and what human beings are worth. Where did that come from? What were you thinking about when you wrote that? What are human beings worth as far as your expression?

"How many times do you ignore or
just not empathize with other people?"

Liz: That song, I feel, is the most politically driven thing I've written. I was thinking about a lot of stuff, like racial tensions and the idea, not just for myself as a white person who is pretty privileged, but for most white people in a similar position to myself, thinking about what your responsibility is as a human to be self-aware to the point that you feel like things for you are OK and you're grateful for the things you have. You know, you're not starving, you're not super marginalized or whatever, and then in the same way, OK, so when you get to that point, how much responsibility is on your shoulders in order to make that possible for other people. How many times do you ignore or just not empathize with other people who go through really difficult things that you'll probably never understand? And the idea that I feel like I've definitely had conversations with people, or I know of people who are much more marginalized than myself who've had many conversations, debates, and arguments about their own self-worth and how they should fit into the overall scheme of society and just like the feeling of having to fight for that just so you can live and feel like you're worth something.

So I just kind of think about that a lot, and not in the sense that I don't feel like I'm worth something, but more in the sense that I feel like I'm very privileged and I try to be aware of it. To me it's more than just saying "OK, well we should all be treated fairly" because it's just not realistic. I feel like a lot people take the back seat and just don't really like to engage in things like that because it makes them feel uncomfortable and they have to compromise on what they have. I hope that people can learn or unlearn certain behaviors to just be more sympathetic and to understand more perspectives than just their own.

Sean: You've played a few of the new songs at your shows over this last year. What are you most enjoying playing right now, and what are you most looking forward to start sharing with people once they can pull them up on Spotify and SoundCloud and everything and then come and see you?

Liz: I like playing "Control" a lot, and "Under Fire.

"It's got a good hook and lots of really loud distorted guitars
and I love loud distorted guitars"

Corey: Yeah, "Control" and "Under Fire" are really fun to play. I still really enjoy playing "Go On" even though we've been playing it for a year and a half now. "Only Human" is probably one of my favorite songs on the record and it's one of my favorite to play because I feel like it's a basic pop song, but it does have some unexpected turns. It's got a good hook and lots of really loud distorted guitars and I love loud distorted guitars. Yeah, I'm excited for people to be able to listen to it and then come out because people are hearing it now and I don't think they really understand what they're hearing.

Sean: Because even though people have heard some of these songs as you've played them live, they haven't been able to spend time with them?

Liz: The repetition. Yeah, I agree. It does make a difference.

Sean: You've played a few of the new songs at your shows over this last year. What are you most enjoying playing right now, and what are you most looking forward to start sharing with people once they can pull them up on Spotify and SoundCloud and everything and then come and see you?

Liz: I like playing "Control" a lot, and "Under Fire.

"It's got a good hook and lots of really loud distorted guitars
and I love loud distorted guitars"

Corey: Yeah, "Control" and "Under Fire" are really fun to play. I still really enjoy playing "Go On" even though we've been playing it for a year and a half now. "Only Human" is probably one of my favorite songs on the record and it's one of my favorite to play because I feel like it's a basic pop song, but it does have some unexpected turns. It's got a good hook and lots of really loud distorted guitars and I love loud distorted guitars. Yeah, I'm excited for people to be able to listen to it and then come out because people are hearing it now and I don't think they really understand what they're hearing.

Sean: Because even though people have heard some of these songs as you've played them live, they haven't been able to spend time with them?

Liz: The repetition. Yeah, I agree. It does make a difference.

"We both are really, really big fans of Wolf Alice so, for us, it was like 'Holy shit!' . . . something that we totally did not know was going to happen"

Corey: So still a little nerve-wracking for you. We both are really, really big fans of Wolf Alice so, for us, it was like "Holy shit!" It was super, super fucking cool, something that we totally did not know was going to happen. It was really cool, they're all super cool people. I was really happy that they actually watched our whole set. I thought that was really cool because we've opened for a lot of national acts that just don't give a shit. And so I thought that was really nice of them to go out of their way to check it out.

Liz: It sounds like they followed that same model of having local openers on that club tour, once CD102.5 lined it up here as an idea. As a huge fan, I think it's cool that they would give other people that really like their music the opportunity to open for them.

Sean: Besides Wolf Alice, you guys have played with a bunch of other great national and local bands. Who have been some of your favorite bands to play shows with over the years?

Corey: The coolest national act, or international I guess, was Wolf Alice. Night Moves is pretty sweet, those are some of the nicest guys we've played with. Locally, we love playing with Playing to Vapors, we're really good friends with all of those guys. We have been playing with them for five years now and they're just a phenomenal band. The High

Definitions because they just blow people away, they're just unstoppable. You know, I feel like we really haven't been playing with a lot of local acts. We played with Mungbean in the summer and I'd never checked them out live before, and they were really awesome. Damn the Witch Siren is always fun because they're always doing crazy shit, you never really know what they're going to do.

Liz: We're going to play Thirty One Fest this coming weekend and I feel like that'll be fun because it's pretty much all our friends. (Thirty One Fest was held on 10/7 and featured more than 20 bands). I personally like playing bigger bills where it's like a two day or like the Halloween cover shows, like when we used to do Worst Kept Secret Fest when it was around, and like Playing to Vapors or High Definitions would play or whatever. Those are always the most fun because like last year we did Wolf Alice. You know it's stressful because you have to learn someone else's music, but it's just fun because it's on a holiday, it's a party, and you're basically with all your friends.

Corey: It's nice when you get to see all those people that you haven't seen in a long time because maybe some of the bands aren't playing out right now and a show like that is like "fuck it, let's get together and play some cover songs."

Sean: Also, when you go to any local band’s show in Columbus, or when there's a local band opening for a national act, it seems like you see at least five other people from other local bands. So many local musicians are so supportive of the other acts in town.

Liz: Yeah, I really appreciate that. I mean it definitely reflects in your own audience too. I've definitely heard a few bands, or people who maybe wonder about their own following, expecting something from the scene. The only way that we were able to really gain a following was by somebody taking notice of us and putting us on a bill, and putting us on in front of a bunch of people who are also in local bands, and then becoming friends with people in local bands and going to their shows and supporting them. I think that the more you do that and the more you keep up with those relationships then the more likely those people are to return the favor and support you. And also not overcrowding the market because if you play too many shows then no one has the time or money to do that.

Sean: You've got the EP release show coming up the end of this month (Saturday, October 21st at Ace of Cups). Do you have many other touring dates set up for this year and are you guys going to be doing any other Columbus shows before the end of the year?

"We definitely want to push it here,
but really work harder on pushing it elsewhere"

Liz: We have a few tour dates booked before the release show, and a few after it. The first tour is going to Toledo, then two shows in Michigan, and then a record store in Chicago. The second tour is two shows in Virginia, one in Philly, and one in Asbury Park, NJ. We don't have anything else booked right now in Columbus because we're trying to figure out we're doing for the winter. Then we would like to set something up for touring in the spring. But the EP release show is definitely the biggest thing, and then we definitely want to push it here, but really work harder on pushing it elsewhere. Like a regional push in a more reasonable time-frame because we just didn't do that as much with Daze because we we're just still kind of figuring out how to be a productive band. And I think it was at that point that we were like we really need to take hold of the scene here, and really try to grow here as much as we can. And now we've finally gotten to the point where I think it's reasonable for us to try to put together more extensive tours where we're really venturing out and developing a broader audience.

Corey: Yeah, I agree. That's exactly what I think we should be doing. We can't play here as often anymore. We just need to start playing other places and start building up that audience elsewhere.

Liz: Well, I guess we are playing a more stripped down thing at Brothers Drake in November, and I'm sure we will book stuff where it's just Corey and I doing stuff like that. That's less demanding to me than booking like a three band full show. Just because I feel like for our audience it's important that we try to vary it up a lot so that it's not just one kind of show. At the release show we'll have a few strings players with us which will be a cool new thing that we're trying out for this show.

Sean: Like when you open for The Greeting Committee and it was the more stripped down thing?

Liz: Yes. So we'll do that from time to time, I guess. I guess we should probably think about that more in the context of what it appears like for our band, but we haven't taken the time to do that yet. We definitely just do that, also, to make a living.

Sean: So, I guess the last thing I have is what music are you listening to right now?

Corey: Well, the first record that I'm going to name is Wolf Alice's new record (Visions Of A Life). It's something that the first half is all of the singles they released and the second half is just this very strange turn that I did not see coming.

Liz: You think it's strange - it's good!

Corey: She really likes it a lot, I'm still getting into it. Some of it I really like, and some of it I'm still unsure about. I think it's a super solid record overall regardless, but I'm still trying to pick it apart, listen to it in different settings and take it in right now.

Liz: Queens Of The Stone Age.

Corey: Yeah, the new Queens Of The Stone Age record (Villains). My other favorite band. I'm highly obsessed with that record right now.

Liz: We were just listening to Belle Mare which is a New York based kind of duo. I think the main people are a duo and then they work as a four piece. And they're more like electronic dream pop.

Corey: Yeah, they're super cool. The record is called Heaven Forgot. She has another heavier band that's called Grim Streaker that's like trashy punk. It's pretty interesting, they're doing stuff that no one else is doing right now.

Liz: And it's like polar opposite from Belle Mare. It's crazy.

Corey: I've been listening to the new Fleet Foxes record quite a bit. NPR Fresh Air. The new Maybird EP (Unraveling). Those are guys that we really loved opening for.

Sean: Yes, "To the Stars" from that EP is definitely up there on my songs of the year.

Corey: They are super awesome dudes. I really look forward to playing with them again. I think they were trying some new stuff on that record too. I've been listening to The Drums' new record, Abysmal Thoughts. That's more like alternative electronic stuff too. I think the dude's just like a genius for what he's doing. This band Big Thief, she just played at Ace of Cups. I've just gotten into her, but it's a super super good record, killer songwriter, lyrics are mind blowing. It's just amazing. Nine Inch Nails. Fucking awesome.

Sean: The new EPs?

Liz: Yeah, we just saw them.

Sean: That's right, tell me about Riot Fest because I'm super jealous that you guys were there.

"We got great spots for both nights because, you know, we had to"

Liz: Well, we got great spots for both nights because, you know, we had to. Built to Spill was there, but they were just there as a three piece which was weird but cool.

Corey: They're usually a five piece, but it still worked really well. Saw a little bit of Dinosaur Jr. and they were really good. We saw some of Peaches.

Liz: That was crazy.

Corey: You know I'm not a fan of her music. I'm going to say the most interesting thing was her dancers were completely naked, spraying champagne on people, and I was just like "didn't expect that, but cool.”

Liz: I mean yeah, do that. They were crazy.

Corey: Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age. That was our second time that week seeing Queens Of The Stone Age and they played two different sets. That was phenomenal. Nine Inch Nails is one of the best bands I've ever seen live. It was a killer weekend.

Only Human is currently available, in both
digital and vinyl formats, here, with 20% of vinyl sales benefiting
the Hispanic Federation and their work in Puerto Rico.

Find more about The Cordial Sins on their website,
and follow their music on Soundcloud and Spotify. - Listen Live Columbus

"The Interview: Cordial Sins"

If you’re a regular listener of CD102.5, you’re maybe already familiar with The Cordial Sins. Their latest single, ‘Go On’, has been in regular rotation over the past few weeks, and the band is preparing to drop their entire new EP, Only Human, this Saturday at Ace of Cups. With seven tracks of sunny, upbeat pop-rock, the release may be just what you need to keep your spirits up through a cold Ohio winter.

You can pick up Only Human on vinyl at the show, with 20% of the proceeds going to the Hispanic Federation to help survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. 1870 Mag spoke with lead singer Liz Fisher in advance of the big release!

What were the main points of inspiration for the songs on this record?

Well, Corey typically comes up with the initial riffs for our music. We wrote and recorded the EP in two halves– so I definitely think that “Go On,” “Martyrs” and “People, Places, Things” ended up inspiring the rest of the content for the EP. Lyrically, I tend to reflect on aspects of life that require us to cope and find a deeper meaning, and I think that is apparent on Only Human.

How long did you spend crafting these tracks?

In total, it probably took us a year and a half to write and produce all of the EP. There was a big gap in the recording process, but that allowed us to test the waters with “Go On” as a single and figure out how we wanted to construct the rest of the EP.

Why did you choose Only Human as the title? Is that your favorite song on the EP?

“Only Human” isn’t necessarily my favorite track, but I do think the title kind of encapsulates the meaning of the entire EP. I’m interested in the idea that self-awareness, reflection, etc. play a large part in how we relate to other people and that our flaws do as well. That was the inspiration for that song and a lot of the overarching ideas on the EP.

Seven songs are close to a full-length, why choose the EP format?

I think the goal for this EP is to provide our audience and possible management with enough variety and insight into what we’ll do next. We’re not sure when we’ll release another LP, but felt that all of the songs were essential to getting our message across with this EP. So, we kept them all but capped it at seven.

!Why did you pick these openers for the show?

Playing to Vapors are pretty good friends of ours and we feel that we match well sonically. I’ve only recently become familiar with Cherry Chrome but really appreciate what they do and also wanted to include another band that had female members. It’s important to me that I make an effort to collaborate with new musicians and artists, especially women.

Why choose the Hispanic Federation as the charity you’re donating to?

I follow an Instagram account that has mentioned their work in Puerto Rico several times and felt that they’d be a good cause to donate to. In general, I think that the devastation in Puerto Rico has gone largely overlooked and will continue to be so long as it’s out of the public eye. So, I wanted to do something, no matter how small, to try and bring more awareness to it and help their cause.

What’s next for the band?

Mainly, just pushing this EP! We’ll be doing some traveling in November to play out of town and dip our toes in touring a bit more. Winter will most likely be a bit slower for us so that we can gear up for the Spring, during which I’d like to do more touring. Really, we’re trying to get this music into the hands/ears of as many people as possible!

Favorite band food:

Probably pizza!

Favorite band drink:

Craft beer. I like IPA’s. - 1870 Magazine

"Meet The Cordial Sins: Columbus' Alt Favorite Shares Single "Control""

With their new EP, Only Human, Columbus alternative rockers, The Cordial Sins, showcase an ever-evolving sound rooted in pure rock ‘n’ roll. he group’s fronted by powerful vocalist and classically trained-violinist, Liz Fisher, whose musical expertise is further empowered by a profound lyrical imagination. Lead guitarist, Corey Dickerson, grounds the band’s rock roots with shimmering guitar licks heavily influenced by Radiohead, Real Estate, and Nels Cline. The Cordial Sins released their first single from Only Human, “Go On”, in 2016, and receives continued support and airplay from local Columbus alternative station CD102.5fm. The Sins have also had success supporting acts such as Genevieve (of Company of Thieves) and UK-group, Wolf Alice. The Cordial Sins will tour this fall in support of Only Human, which was released on October 21.

GGM: Can you tell me about the band? Break it down now.

LIZ: “So, the core members of The Cordial Sins are Corey and I (Liz). We draft the musical ideas, manage the band (with the help of Emilee Aldridge), and aim to network on behalf of the group. We’re supported by our rhythm section, Kyle (guitar), John (bass) and Mike (drums).”

Tell us the how you wrote “Control”?

LIZ: “Corey wrote the initial riff for “Control”. Then, it was up to me to tweak the riff and come up with a vocal line. This song actually took us months to get right… Even though it has one of the simplest sets of chords we’ve ever written with, we couldn’t quite land on a complete structure for a while. It also took time for me to hone in on the song’s concept and how to convey it through the lyrics and vocal melodies.”

From there, they worked with their engineer and producer, Jon Fintel (at Relay Recording), and she says he, “was helpful to us really landing on a bridge and ending for the song. He was also able to offer up some musical additions to “Control,” like that cool slide guitar part in the chorus. We met Jon a few years back when I was recording for another band and really admired his production style.”

“I think it means a lot to Corey and I partially because it took so much time and energy to write.”
One thing they say people don’t usually know about the group is that The Cordial Sins’ core is made up of Corey and Liz who are domestic partners. Liz started as a classical violinist, and now, finds herself in the alt/rock world. We asked her about how it was being a female in the industry:

“In the Alt-Rock world, it’s pretty clearly dominated by men. I can’t say I’ve ever felt threatened, because I know that I am musically talented, but I know I have lacked confidence before. I’ve definitely spent time selling myself short just because I’m a woman and that’s my automatic response. It has taken practice to unlearn habits that support that idea and I’m still learning. I try not to apologize anymore for my opinions or how I express myself because I’m realizing that a lot of people, especially men, will take issue with it just because it’s jarring to hear a woman speak firmly.”

“I try not to apologize anymore for my opinions or how I express myself because I’m realizing that a lot of people, especially men, will take issue with it just because it’s jarring to hear a woman speak firmly.”
Keep up with these guys in 2018! Shows and new music to come . . .

Cordial Sins’ Girl Gang Picks

“I’ve been really into Bully lately!”

Didi and Counterfeit Madison
“Also, we got to perform with didi and Counterfeit Madison at a Sofar Columbus show recently, and I absolutely loved both of them!” - Girl Gang Music


Still working on that hot first release.



The Cordial Sins are drawing fervent attention for their delectable meld of alternative, shoegaze and pop, having recently shared stages with the likes of MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Twin Peaks, Guided By Voices, Wolf Alice and more. Frontwoman Liz Fisher's classical training in violin offers intriguing context for her intensely rock vocal delivery, while band cofounder Corey Dickerson grounds the sound with driving guitar. The band's latest singles have been affectionately featured on Spotify playlists including Discover Weekly, Dreamy & Distorted, Indielandia, All Vibes, Plugged In and more.

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