Ten Questions With Corduroy Gordon
We're big fans of Corduroy Gordon's fantastic album Werewolves and High Tides, just go have a look at what we said, right HERE, it's all nice things.
So when we got hold of Chet Greason via a hostage exchange with Stooge Viller, he agreed to take part in our Ten Questions With piece. So make yourself a cuppa and enjoy the read.
Who are you?
Chet Greason of the band Corduroy Gordon.
What inspires you?
I find my most productive bouts of songwriting come while travelling, or after a night out with friends with lots of laughter; all of it fuelled by a healthy fear of death. I dread leaving the world without making a mark that I was here.
How do you go about writing?
Most of my songs start out as poems. The music gets added later. I’ll have an idea pop into my head at 3 am and I can’t get to sleep until it’s all on paper, so they usually get written in one go or not at all.
Why did you take up music?
I suppose because my folks were big on extracurriculars and I hated sports.
What does the Folk genre mean to you?
For me, it was a matter of accessibility. Where I live, most musical collaborations happen around a bonfire or on a porch or in a shed somewhere. Very few places to plug in and who wants to lug an amp out to the bush, anyway?
That meant acoustic guitars, harmonicas, cajons, bodhrans or, lacking those, just harmonies. Those elements naturally led to Folk over other genres.
What can we expect release wise?
We’re currently slogging through our first album release. We’ve got all the headaches of a first attempt, plus the stress of releasing an album during a global pandemic, so it’s been rocky.
Luckily, we’re learning a lot. We’ve already collaborated on a few new tunes and we’re hoping to spend a cottage weekend together soon to work out what’ll be on the next album.
Can we catch you live via streaming or in person?
We haven’t done a lot of live streams, but we’re having our official album release party on May 7 at an old church-turned-music-venue in Stratford, Ontario called Revival House.
Any funny/weird/surreal stories or experiences from your life in music?
I once thought I wrote the Ballad of John and Yoko. I guess I heard it and forgot it but my subconscious remembered it and I woke up one morning with the tune and the “Christ, you know it ain’t easy” line in my head.
I wrote a whole song around it, about a guy who snaps and ends up in prison. Played it for a buddy and he was like, “Dude. That’s the Ballad of John and Yoko.”
If the world was ending and you could only listen to one last song, what one would it be and why?
Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan. It's saved my brain a few times, so I feel it would help me make peace with my impending doom.
Not The Byrds' version, though. Total opposite effect on me, for some reason. Nightmare fuel (Ed. William Shatner's version is my favourite!).
How do you want to go out, a Zombie Apocalypse or Alien Invasion?
Definitely Alien Invasion. With aliens, there’s always the possibility of obtaining peace through cross-breeding. Cross-breeding with zombies is just gross. Cross-breeding with aliens might also be gross, but in this case it’s probably better to go with the devil you don’t know.
Tapadh leibh, Chet Greason, we really do appreciate your time. You can check out Corduroy Gordon's Werewolves and High Tides on all good streaming services right now.
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