It’s been nearly two years since the first Cordial Sins album, but now the band is excited to have new material. “Only Human,” The Cordial Sins’ upcoming Oct. 21 EP, is far more representative of the way the band is now.

The band’s first record, “Daze,” was more planned than “Only Human.” This time around, there was more room for experimentation in the studio. Guitarist Corey Dickerson says that the new release was very “on-the-spot,” in part because the writing and recording was faster-paced.

“Only Human” continues the band’s previous alternative rock sound, but the mildly heavier music is far more mature and confident in both songwriting and performance. There’s more guitar work, but most importantly, the band was able to expand on and refine the things it liked from the first album, like simpler chord progressions on the pop-oriented “Control” and a more liberal use of synthesizer overall. This EP is less of a “melting-pot” of each member’s influences – like Radiohead, The Shins and Deerhunter – and is instead more of an established sound, according to frontwoman Liz Fisher.

Fisher wants to connect to people who use music as a coping method to “get away from things,” and she hopes to be an inspiration for women and young girls who wouldn’t typically see women in a musical setting. Dickerson’s goal is to motivate others to be creative, and both musicians would like to collaborate with other artists.

The band recognizes that part of that inspiration comes from an invigorating live show. It’s not just about writing songs or putting on a show; to be successful, it’s necessary to play the roles of both songwriter and performer at the same time. It’s important to show people that you love what you’re doing, as Dickerson says. You have to “sell them” on your art by first showing your commitment.

“You have to constantly push yourself to be better,” said Fisher.

The EP release is surrounded by a run of shows on either side of the Oct. 21 release show at Ace of Cups. The first stretch, in October, is full of intimate shows in the Midwest, while November’s tour is more typical and venue-oriented. The band is grateful to have received grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council to tour, so the shows are not about making money and are instead like a “vacation” to Fisher. The Cordial Sins is still navigating the exhilarating uncertainty of a new release. Fisher wants this EP to reach a “wider audience and a newer audience,” but the first thing to do is to actually release it on Oct. 21.

“There’s a lot of built-up tension before a release,” says Dickerson. “I’m just excited for it to be out.”

The Cordial Sins will be joined by Playing to Vapors and Cherry Chrome at Ace of Cups. Tickets are $8 now and $10 the day of the show. It is 18 and up (MORE INFO HERE).

Originally published on In The Record Store on October 15, 2017.