by Ruby Parsons
Quick-rising Cortes have snatched our artist of the week and frankly, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be telling you about them. I first learnt about their glorious existence when they supported Vant at their London show back in March, I’ve been listening to them ever since. They’re the kind of band you instantly forge connection with – and want to nag everyone senseless about. The beset kind of band, then.
Their debut Ep Cortes was released back in 2016, five relatable and charismatic pop/rock tracks which deserve to be played on full volume. Much like fellow pop rock mega-stars You Me At Six, this EP is a balance between the two halves of this genre. ‘Towers’ and ‘Crossover’, powered by intricate guitar riffs are the lighter tracks of the catchy and upbeat Ep. Guitar and bass solo’s push the throttle on the rest of the tracks taking the Ep from being average pop rock, to something a little more spectacular. ‘Close to nowhere’ and ‘Towers’ are heavier and more bass fuelled, still fitting the upbeat theme, but feel more like Cortes are telling us they know how to use their instruments and aren’t afraid to do so.
Their music is expertly written and the instant connect you feel is not only the head-nod inducing beats, but the relatable lyrical content. “I’ve gotta get you out of my blood” repeated towards the end of ‘Facing my fear’ and ‘Is there any point of where I’m going am I just wasting time’, the main theme within ‘Close To Nowhere’ are just two examples. Lyricism is important – too deep and it can be alienating but too trivial can rob a band of their seriousness. Cortes have perfected the art of singing about relatable feelings and experiences without it putting a downer on their sound.
Their live performances are exciting, having seen them as a support act they made me (almost) forget who the headline act was. They were confident and quirky in the way they performed, but they also looked like they were having a lot of fun. Having already played alongside Sunset Sons as well as at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2016, their impressive repertoire of gigs has given them a lot of practice. Cortes are set to play multiple festivals this year such as Camden Rocks and Boardmasters, as well as their own headline shows. Last week they announced Ep number two is finished and set for imminent release. Go tell your friends about Cortes, 2017 is set to be huge for them and you’ll want to be a part of it.
Follow Cortes’s social media pages for info on up-coming releases and tour dates.