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'Heroes Never Die' [Daily News (Bowling Green, KY)]

September 12, 2013

YellowBrix

For the past few months, local band Cord of 3 has been literally keeping its latest musical effort, "Heroes Never Die," in the closet.

"It was completely homemade, so the cost was next to nothing," bass guitarist Cameron Hagan said. "We used home recording skills, microphones and knowledge I've accumulated over the years in my kitchen. We did vocals in the coat closet."

The result is a limited edition EP called "Heroes Never Die" and features acoustic versions of some of the songs from their 2010 album, "Broken But Undeniably Hopeful," as well as the band's latest single, "The Edge," which hit No. 12 on Billboard, lead guitarist Robbie Bennett said.

The group is using the money raised from the EP to fund its next album. The download, which is available at cordof3band.com, is $10. A hard copy deluxe edition is $25.

"We kept it simple for this project. Anybody can rock out to an acoustic album," he said. "We had been talking about it for years. Our goal is to raise as much as we can. It's expensive to record."

The EP is also in honor of men and women who serve the in the U.S. military as well as in memory of bass guitarist and friend Brandon Bradshaw, who died March 2 as a result of gunshot wounds. He also helped write the songs.

"Given the magnitude of the situation, it's a little different," Bennett said. "This is the difference between running into the ground and memorializing him."

The band - which also includes lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Randall Erskine and drummer Tim Miller - started working on the EP in April. Producing a do-it-yourself record is different than recording in a studio.

"You have production people. They'll tell you the direction your music should go," Bennett said. "They serve their purpose, and that's good, but they cap where you can and can't go."

Hagan agreed.

"It's a too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen-type deal," he said.

With the EP, the band members could have creativity whenever they wanted and record it.

"It could be two o'clock in the morning and Robbie could say, 'I've got this idea,' and I'm like, OK," Hagan said.

Bennett called the EP "a living product."

"It's changing as we go. We could release a remix every week if we wanted to," he said.

Some of the music from the group's next album will channel some of the pain felt by the members since Bradshaw's death.

"Every musician's job is to convey how they feel, to recreate a moment in time and convey it to the listener. This is an amazing opportunity to turn something tragic into something beautiful," Bennett said. "I have regrets with him. I wish I could've done things differently. I wish I could've returned that phone call or text. It's hard. It's an ominous feeling knowing you can't go back."

Cord of 3 will perform at Jamming for Pfc. Keith Crabtree at 5 p.m. Saturday at Houchens Park in Glasgow. Other performers will include Sons of the Revolution, Shaylin McGuire and Clay Underwood. Concessions will be available. Cost is $5. For more information, call Mike Goodrum at 270-404-2590 or Christy Goodrum at 270-670-5851.

-- Alyssa Harvey covers features. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/bgdnfeatures or visit bgdailynews.com.

Credit: By ALYSSA HARVEY The Daily News aharvey@bgdailynews.com 783-3257

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