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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 settling 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 the brothers’ unmistakable quirky dynamic.
Cardinal Sons traveled to NYC in the fall of 2013 and won the NewSong Mountain Stage competition, a national contest for songwriting and live performance. Their winnings included ten days of studio time with producer Charlie Sexton, former guitarist for Bob Dylan’s backing band, as well as opportunities to perform at Sundance Film Festival and on NPR’s Mountain Stage.