Premiere: The Cordial Sins Explode Against the System in “Sick of the Hype”

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A garage rock explosion of restless energies, The Cordial Sins’ “Sick of the Hype” is a fiery anti-establishment anthem of staying power asserting authenticity and independence.

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“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.”

I’m just sick of the hype and it shows
It never is enough
I’ll just stick to the lines that I know
Because they’re good enough
Listen: “Sick of the Hype” – The Cordial Sins

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 - The Cordial Sins

Sick of the Hype – The Cordial Sins

“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:

I’m just sick of the hype and it shows
I’m just sick of the hype and it shows
I’ll just stick to the lines that I know
Because they’re good enough
The Cordial Sins © Ori Segev

The Cordial Sins © Ori Segev

Fisher explains, “In a time when success and happiness can be fleeting, it’s more important than ever for me to find fulfillment in what I do. It isn’t easy, but I see it as a necessity. Don’t get me wrong – wonderful and supportive people surround me, but I have a drive that can feel isolating because it’s up to me to make it happen for myself. Surely, I won’t find fulfillment without the help of others, but there’s a certain realization in knowing when and how to “fly solo,” so to speak. The independence and authenticity that truly connects people sometimes stems from a criticism of systems in place. “Sick of the Hype” is my reflection of that and I hope it can be something expressive for listeners, too.

The independence and authenticity that truly connects people sometimes stems from a criticism of systems in place.

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!

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com