Volume 95, Issue 21

Wednesday, October 10, 2001
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Cordury puts vintage style back in Indie

Cordury puts vintage style back in Indie

By Margaret Wrobel
Gazette Staff

"We've always been adamant about setting a goal and that's what brings us together to do things."

That's how Michael Windover, one-fifth of homegrown, pop-rock band Corduroy explains the band's formation.

Last year, five Western students united with the common goal of entering the Festival of the Arts' Battle of the Bands. In the process, they won both the contest and the hearts of fans.

Windover, who handles vocal, piano, organ and tambourine duties, says the band came together out of the ashes of several other bands, including a Beatles tribute band Windover, that other Corduroy members played in as high school students in Sarnia, Ontario.

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Bassist Adrienne Lloyd met the rest of the band in her first-year at Western, cementing the group's distinctly Beatles-esque sound for their debut EP Yup. Windover readily admits the influence "the Fab Four" have had on his career.

"I've been listening to the Beatles since I got my first tape in 1988," Windover says. "And I've been hooked on them since then. So, at least in whatever I contribute, it's usually got a real Beatles feel to it."

In terms of songwriting, Lloyd indicates Corduroy follow the lead of bands like Sloan, wherein the whole group writes songs collectively.

"There's a pretty collaborative songwriting process in the band. I think it's mostly that someone has the initial idea and then we work together as a band to make it a Corduroy song rather than just an individual's idea," Lloyd says.

As far as local bands go, Corduroy are one of the lucky few who have developed a loyal following both in and out of the London area, having played several shows in Toronto. Windover claims the following has caught him by surprise.

"The funny thing is we didn't expect it. I thought it was basically just Western kids coming out to see us, but we had a gig [in Toronto] for an art gallery opening and there were some random people from Toronto who called the gallery asking whether we were the Corduroy they had heard in the summer. That kind of thing is really flattering and I think we're heading in the right direction," Windover says.

Two Corduroy members now reside in Toronto, which Lloyd states is advantageous for arranging gigs. Lloyd and Windover both agree that trying to break through in Toronto is a difficult task.

"Toronto is a difficult scene," Lloyd says. "It's easier in London to be [the] big fish in a small pond. In Toronto, there's so many bands and so many clubs to play at. When you play at a club in Toronto, we've found you often don't make very much money, barely enough for gas money to get there.

"In Toronto, some of the clubs treat you as though it is a privilege to play there on a Monday night," Windover adds.

"Here [club owners] say 'come on out, we really want you to play and we'll pay you.' But eventually [that] kind of thing could happen to us in Toronto too."

Windover is excited for their upcoming gig at the Grad Club, as it will allow them to share their latest work with new listeners, established fans and old friends.

"We're pretty excited about it because it's not going to be a compact, one-hour or 45 minute set, but rather something more free. It's going to be really fun and maybe even slightly interactive. I think there's certainly a comfort level because we'll know a lot of the people there. They're our support system and they're the ones that keep us going in this.

"It's [going to be] just like a good old happy family Christmas."

Corduroy play The Grad Club Friday night.

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