Cordcalling, art rock duo based in London, ON, is “doing more with less” (Jason Schneider of Kitchener ON’s The Record). Since the duo’s inception, they have been continuously intriguing and engaging audiences and industry participants with their raw and unique style. Denise, with her passion for poetry, and Brian, with his aptitude for visual art, ignite a powerful spark in their intense musical convergence.
Cordcalling are keeping fans intrigued with the recent release of their well-received single “Ransomed Felon” and popular official music video for their song “Happy” off the album “We are Still.” Alan Cross comments about “Ransomed Felon” that “if you can say what you need to say in 90 seconds, then great,” and he adds that the duo “do NOT waste time.” Steve Murphy of the music website “Great Dark Wonder” remarks that “Ransomed Felon” proves that “you don’t need a long song to make a good song.” “Ransomed Felon” has also been featured on CBC London’s “Southwest Sounds” with Chris dela Torre.
Not shying away from “marching to the beat of their own drum,” their April, 2017 full-length album release, “We are Still,” is a bold throwback to “old-school” recording, mixing, and Mastering. “We are Still” stands out amidst a digitally saturated market, reclaiming the natural, warm atmosphere of sound art that stands the test of time. The LP has caught the interest of Canadian media. Mark Anthony Brennan, of the Canadian Music Blog, “Ride the Tempo,” remarks that Cordcalling “draw in everything from British Invasion to prog rock, but the overall effect is cohesive and powerful.” John Sharpe at SCENE Magazine appraises the musical arrangements on “We are Still” as “hav[ing] evolved since [Cordcalling’s] last release ‘Obsessed by the Light’”; he describes their newest album’s sound as the “same punk/rock/grunge sound with a lot more polish.“ The album has been featured on “Beyond Mainstream” on K106.3 FM – Great Classics and Best New Rock and has been topping Canadian college radio charts.
Throughout Cordcalling’s successful musical journey, they have unleashed a power-packed 3-song CD, “When I Scream,” and a dynamic full-length CD “Obsessed by the Light.” The art rock performers have also been included on prominent CD compilations, including in association with 1000 Acts of Kindness. Cordcalling’s showcase at Canadian Music Week solidified their musical potential, where they shared the bill with such acclaimed acts as Sloan, The Trews, and Default. Receiving airplay from London’s Best Rock FM 96, CBC Radio, and charting positions on Canadian college radio; press, such as Canadian Musician Magazine; and performances at top venues, including Toronto’s The Horseshoe Tavern, further demonstrates the power and determination of this duo. Cordcalling’s success is evident in the support they have received from The Forest City London Music Awards (formerly Jack Richardson Music Awards), with which they have been honoured with several nominations and have been a part of the live performances in association with the awards. Critics express their interest in Cordcalling, likening Denise’s lead vocals to the legendary punk-rocker Patti Smith (London Free Press, London, ON). One common opinion among their critics is that the musical outfit is unique and innovative. James Reaney remarks about Cordcalling’s “compact, high-energy songs” that Cordcalling have “a style of their own” (London Free Press, London, ON). Chris Montanini of The Londoner (London, ON), agrees with that reflection and writes, “It’s hard to pin down the grunge-esque rock duo Cordcalling”. This view is also shared by Dave Clarke: “Cordcalling manages to mix punk, psych, grunge and Goth over the course of three tracks” (SCENE Magazine, London, ON). Cordcalling has received positive reviews from the media and the public for their official music video “Wicked Desires.” Although creativity is very important to members Denise and Brian, their music runs deeper than just artistic style. Cordcalling embodies the undertones of their name. Cord is the spiritual bond that connects them to each other and to their Maker. Calling is symbolic of their belief that everyone has a purpose. Cordcalling’s purpose is to express to the world, in their creative and sincere way, the inner cries of the soul for lasting hope and meaning.