In the Winter of 2016, singer-songwriter Sean Cox began Three Strands, a folk and Americana music project. Previously, Sean Cox decided to work on some of his own gentler songs. By the Spring of 2017, Sean started the pre production of his debut EP titled “Letters To The Light” which would be later released in July 2017. Going along the east coast for over a year, Sean Cox played in front of over 65 audiences, delivering his honest and simplistic arrangements of music.He is strongly influenced from the American folk revival, as well as early gospel and blues traditions. Three Strands strives to dredge those deep waters in search for the strands that unite us all.
Sean brings us soothing music with his song “Dogma”. Lovely instrumentals of acoustic guitar backed by a slow drumming beat brings us to a state of ease. Folk and Americana seeps from this song to the ears of the listener. The track is timid, calming and soothing and seems to carry the “less is more” motif. All organic instruments, Sean Cox has a beautiful voice backed by his female counterpart creating a grand production. Each part is layered delicately and it allows the listener to take it all in and not be overwhelmed by too many things happening all at once. Make sure to check out the full song and video!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Sean Cox and I'm a singer-songwriter based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I write and perform under the moniker Three Strands.
Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
I played in a few rock bands throughout high school and during that time began to write and sing. In 2012 I started a band with some friends called "The Band of Rivals". During the next few years we played a lot around Philly, NYC and some other parts of the central east coast. In February of 2017 I began formulating the idea for Three Strands as a separate solo endeavor. I recorded a debut EP which was released in July and due to the response began to focus fully on this project. Over the last year I've been lucky enough to tour quite a bit in a majority of the states up and down the east coast.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
There is a saying that goes "A cord of three strands is not easily broken." I apply that heavily to how I create music. I believe that songs live and thrive more fully when multiple people are involved in their creation. I love collaboration and find it to be a vital piece of my process.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
I write all my own songs. Since starting this new project my process has changed slightly. I used to have the idea for the narrative before writing anything lyrically or musically. It could come from something I read or saw or a place I visited. Recently I've started channeling those ideas through my own experience and writing with more of my own personal voice. What's been awesome is to see how songs I've been writing in that mindset have seemed to reach and connect with more people.
We’re really into your new song "Dogma"! Can you tell us a bit about it?
Dogma was a very unique process for me because it was the first time I recorded a song with a full band without all being in the same physical space at the same time. Myself and my friend Abbey Mertz, who sang and played keys on the song, recorded our parts in The Sugartank studio in Lancaster, Pa. Arturo Ortega Marcos and Andrew Mendola tracked drums and bass in Seattle and sent them over to us. It's amazing how advanced the whole recording process is becoming.
Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
The idea came from observing a lot of what I see in mainstream American Christianity. There seems to always be an air of condescension in how they talk of heaven and are so sure they have the answers to life's biggest questions. The song wrestles with this and talks about how instead of being complacent to the things going on in the world, maybe I should strive to change our culture while I'm living in it.
What are three things you’d love your fans to know about you?
I'm a huge beer nerd. I love how music exposing me to so many different places and people.
Any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
I'm not playing as heavily this fall and winter, I'll be playing locally through the next two months then doing a Sofar Sounds show in Richmond in December which I am very pumped for.
What’s next for you?
"Dogma" is the first song that will be a part of a forthcoming EP. I'm hoping to release another song by January and start working on the full EP recording in the spring of 2019. I've written so many new songs since starting this project and I really want to get them recorded and shared with all the awesome people who have been supporting what I do.
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