Songs for Your Season (2007)
Who You Know (2006)
CORD's Music Videos
“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. Heartache and bitterness never sounded so good.” Hyperactive Music Magazine
“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 (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.” INSITE Magazine
“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.” Gypsy Wind Ent.
When you hear a front-man like Cord Carpenter sing of his trials and tribulations you can't help but recognize each emotion that aided to the songwriting -- something thought provoking, honest and pure. Carpenter's musical journey began in 2001 in a small college town in central Texas, and grew to CORD being dubbed “one of the top 5 homegrown rock bands of Austin” by 101X KROX for the last 3 years.
While Carpenter's southern-influenced songwriting is often compared to the likes of Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers), Chris Martin (Coldplay), and Dave Grohl (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 section's smooth but intense low-end flow of bassist Todd Meador and drummer Johnny Villarreal. The sultry experimental guitar of Robert Garcia tops off the sound with just enough flavor to help guide the listener back to Carpenter's 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 Stubb’s 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 have put themselves on the Texas Rock-n-Roll map. CORD’s sound and message reached the eyes and ears of Daniel Duerr, president of Emerald City Entertainment Group in Santa Cruz, California. In August 2007, Emerald City released their second full-length release, 'Songs For your Season' featuring organist/keyboardist Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters).