Balancing heavy synth lines and crunchy guitar with steady drums, the three brothers of Cardinal Sons cultivate a sound steeped in the musical identity of their upbringing. Raised in Mississippi and finding a home in New Orleans — John, Joe, and Dave play danceable, folky, indie rock leavened with three-part harmonies and a left hand for a bass player.
Their debut recording Cardinal Sons Make an EP honors the straightforward, whole-souled creative process that took root among them early on. With the release of their debut came endearing videos, one for “October Rolls,” a second for “Underdressed,” and later, a fully-animated piece for “Young Guns.” The videos showcase their unmistakable dynamic and a quirky, but candid preview of the brothers.
While preparation began for their next recording, Cardinal Sons traveled to NYC in the Fall of 2013 and won the NewSong Contest, an international performance and songwriting showcase and competition. Their winnings included ten days of studio time in March 2014 with producer Charlie Sexton (Marc Cohn, Lucinda Williams, Arc Angels) at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios, as well as performances at the Sundance Film Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center and an upcoming appearance on NPR’s Mountain Stage. Out of the sessions with Sexton came the Cardinal Sons follow up, The Echo Choir EP. The five song EP sees the brothers expanding and refining their sound, crafting venerable pop hooks without losing sight of their soulful foundation. The EP is slated for a Summer 2014 release on the back of the lead single, “Day of Summer.”