The Corduroy Blue
Please introduce your band
We are from the less than legendary Woodstock, Georgia. Atlanta basically. There are two members, and I would say we are just rock and roll. Rock takes on many hats, as do we, but rock is a safe umbrella to put us under.
Tell us about your line-up
Atticus Roness: Atticus is the older Roness brother (20), and is the frontman, vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist & songwriter for The Corduroy Blue. To make quite a long story short, early on, it was the wailing guitars of Angus Young, the energy and attitude of The Clash, but mainly The Beatles and their prolific songwriter, that caused Atticus to become the songwriter and the player he is. After a few stints trying solo and other band work, Atticus took his writing and collaborated with the manic, otherworldly percussionist ways of Luke.
Luke Roness is the younger Roness brother, and is the drummer, percussionist, and background vocals for The Corduroy Blue. While the two brothers have very similar music tastes, Luke always had an affinity for the jazz, funk and soul records of the 60s and 70s. His drumming style, precise yet pounding, puts these influences on full display. He and Atticus have stuck by each other, and the opportunity and potential with The Corduroy Blue has proven to provide these brothers of rock with their most successful stint yet.
How did the band meet?
Well, it’s easy to form a band when you’re brothers. Living together, we listened to the same things and did everything the other did. We are more like twins than twins themselves. It was when the songs Atticus was writing were becoming more than cute diddies for his high school girlfriend, and songs that genuinely would get stuck in Luke’s head. Pair that with the fact that Luke (still a teen at the time) was already becoming one of the very best drummers our area had to offer.
What's the story behind your band name?
We love the idea of colour in the name, the way Pink Floyd did that. The colour pink didn’t define them, rather the band defined that colour in a fresh way. We wanted to do that. Secondly, we were just huge The Velvet Underground fans, & I (Atticus) wanted something that sounded as great as that. So, thinking of Velvet, I just felt every piece of fabric in my closet and stopped when I felt my Corduroy jacket. This, how it felt, was how I wanted my music to sound. Not bound by genre but defined by this feel.
Tell us about your influences!
Musically, we both love The Beatles, Queen and Elton John. That’s the big three that we stand on. Specifically Atticus enjoys the alt-80’s, such as The Cars, The Smiths, The Cure & The Police, alongside 90s bands such as Oasis, Nirvana & Radiohead. Luke also loves the music and drummers like Stewart Copeland, Ringo Starr & John Bonham.
Could you describe your approach to songwriting?
For us, when I (Atticus) write a song, I will always start with the chords first. Where the progression takes me, is the only way we can progress, as the name would suggest. After I have sat with the tune, I will bee bop my way with random lyrics around this chord structure, until a melody sticks. At this point, the chords and melody are so in tune with each other, the lyrics write themselves at that point.
Describe your band's first big break
Well, we are still waiting on it, but I would say when our debut single “Gimme Love” came out, we were in the newspaper, all over music blogs and Instagram, and the song hit streams and margins we had never seen before. We started headlining shows, and got the attention of a few notorious industry professionals and musicians alike.
Tell us about some of your most memorable gigs - both good and bad!
Our favorite gigs have been the last two we played. We went from a “good for their age” rock band, to a must see event in Atlanta. We channel all of our heroes on that stage, and make everyone forget their troubles. The worst have been from power going out, to being harassed by the security, to only having 3 people show up. We have done a little bit of everything already!
What advice do you have to those who want to start a band?
Just know that it’s hard, but everything in life has an end, so this uphill battle of running and starting something off the ground, that too will pay off. Of course, work on your craft and on your networking skills. Always stay true to whatever it is you want to do, and don’t compromise because everyone is conforming to one sound. If it’s a sound that you’re passionate about, it’s worth seeking.
What are some of the challenges you face being in a band?
The whole thing is a challenge! From coming up with new and fresh ideas for songs, gaining and losing band members, getting people to listen to the songs and getting people to care. That all is hard, but you gotta give people a reason to care. Kick ass at whatever you do.
What does it take to be successful as a band?
It takes hard work. It takes skipping the parties. It takes late nights on the piano or the emails. It takes putting your neck out there and telling everyone about this thing you’re so passionate about. It takes talent and an ear. This isn’t for everybody, and only the best make it. It takes a good brand. It takes combining iconoclastic tendencies with killer tunes. (Bowie, Prince, Morrison, Lou Reed)
How important is music theory?
I would say it is important to some degree. It depends on your goal and what you want to create. For me, I don’t read a lick of sheet music, and can’t sight read. However, I understand the Nashville number and basic tablature. The most important thing for me is my ear. I can pick up any time right away, and I’m good with pitch. So having music experience will definitely help.
Tell us about the releases you've put out to date
As The Corduroy Blue, we released the 70s style rocker “Gimme Love” last July, and it was received extremely well. We then followed that up with the soft, elton-esque pop ballad “Falling Out Of Love”, with tasty bass and guitar hooks, alongside a sweet and sincere melody about not reciprocating love anymore.
What has been your band's biggest achievement?
Our biggest achievement was recently, nearly selling out a headliner in a dream venue of ours in Atlanta.
How do you view the current state of the music industry?
Currently with COVID-19, who knows, but I view it as a live medium and I do feel like musically there are some really cool things happening. No one is quite doing what we are doing with the 70s style rock and soft rock space we are occupying.
What are you working on right now?
We just wrapped up the two singles we are putting out this year and plan to ride those hard and pitch them to bands and labels alike. We are working on some other hopefully prosperous prospects as well.
What is your focus for the year ahead?
To continue writing and growing each day. Playing bigger and bigger shows and getting the music in front of more people because once the people hear the music it’s off to the races!
Thank you so much for dropping by the WeJam studio! Where can we follow your progress?