- Cord Carpenter - vocals, guitar, keys
- Johnny Villarreal - percussion, vocals
- Robert Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
- Tommy Munter - bass, vocals
In a world where music is accepted as a means of emotional control, 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 possess 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 soul.
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. 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 can’t 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 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 Tommy Munter 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).