“No pop, barely a ballad, mostly intimidating rock without violence but splashes of menace, impending threats and haunting thoughts. But it’s not a dark disc. It’s realism. Listen to ‘All the way’ and you have the flip side to anthems like ‘Friday on my mind’ or ‘I don’t like Mondays’. Cortez sounds cascade like riding the waves after watching the flashing white line as you flow down the highway with the baying of hounds on your trail. The rolling rhythm guitar is infectious, the bass bubbles and pops within the waves of sequential sounds. This bottom end is sliced into with blistering incisions of guitar runs and soaring vocals that imprint indelible choruses that I find recurring throughout my day. These are sustained vocal notes with extraordinary crescendos that define a signature sound that can’t be slotted or equated with others. But I will try. For me it challenges the Velvet Underground and The Edge in rumble, and Bono/Eddie Vedder in vocalisation and lyrics.”
Oz Rock Anecdotes
“Cortez took to the outdoor stage at just after six to the biggest crowd so far at ScorcherFest 2012. It seemed many had come to see if the band lived up to the hype. I had not heard their stuff before and must admit alternative rock is not my preferred flavour but these guys really impressed. The frontman delivered vocal attitude and the guitars and drums kept the intensity high throughout the set. It seemed to me Cortez had left no stone unturned prior to their arrival, they were very well rehearsed and the songs were refreshingly original given the 11 or so bands I had just witnessed previously. The singer announced the new CD was not officially out but I did notice a couple of lucky punters with green tree packs after the show. Although the crowd had got their fill of Cortez they were still hungry as shouts of 'one more' rang out across the Rosemount beer garden. Cortez were out of time this time but there is no doubt these guys will be back.”
“For a band that has barely had the chance to get on their feet and to make a name for themselves thus far, Cortez is already remarkably talented. Though the band is from Australia, there are no clear traces within the vocals of the song to suggest that they may be from there. “King Tide” shows just how surprisingly far along this band is for being in their primitive stages of development. The song has a very smooth, polished sound to it. With the vocal similarities of U2 combined with the rock/pop melodies of Matchbox Twenty. The song’s lyrics go deeper than simply describing the life of a surfer. It tells of the sport and the freedom that can be attained while catching a big wave. It is used as a way to not only forget the past, but as a way to create something noteworthy in the present and in the future as well. Cortez has broken ground with “King Tide,” which suggests a promising outcome to what their debut album will hold. Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)”
“Really nice emotion communicated throughout the track (Into your room) and a great production. The lead vocal is a little too Bono/U2 at points though, which makes it difficult to get behind as a label.
Wow - as I keep listening on to the track there's plenty of great atmospheric guitar bits, but again a little to derivative of U2/Edge at times which I feel would make it hard to get radio play in this day and age.
Would like to hear more form this band or even see them live if they're playing in the UK/London.
On a final note. I think there's plenty of potential here in terms of emotive playing/production but need to break away from or develop their sound in a more original space that's less U2/Bono/Edge BUT still contemporary.”
“Taking all of Western Australia by storm, Cortez is out to conquer the World; and after that, the Universe. Judging by their single “Into Your Room,” they are well on their way. Billy Cortez on vocals is accompanied fabulously by Luke Macrae on guitars and Waz Bunting on drums. Cortez has an exceptionally tight sound with stellar production and engineering, and “Into Your Room” will no doubt be on the airwaves in cities all over the globe and beyond. Lyrically, this song is brimming with vivid imagery that will take the mind on a journey to other realms of existence. You don’t necessarily need a vivid imagination to go on this journey, however. Cortez will take you there with minimal effort. Just close your eyes and listen to the words, which are very well written and filled with inspiration. From the clean guitar licks to the exceptional percussion to the exquisite vocals, this track has been produced, engineered and mixed by a true maestro.
“This time I’d like to introduce another great band from the land down under: Cortez. Oh and what a fitting name Cortez is because this band is ready to conquer the world of music the same way Hernando Cortés conquered Latin America.This talented trio has dedicated a lot of time towards releasing an album of which two tracks are currently finished. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to these songs and oh boy was it a pleasure! Bill provides some dark, deep, powerful, and sultry vocals; Luke plays some ravishing guitar riffs and scrumptious solos; and Waz delivers some deluxe drumming. The compositional skills are commendable: the chord progressions are smooth, the melodies are marvelous, the harmonies are hypnotizing, and the overall structure of the songs is superb. Each track draws the listener in like an expert fisherman reeling in a bass. You’re bound to listen to these tracks time and time again.Check them out and I’m sure you’ll be just as anxious to hear their album”
“Re: Into your Room
This song grabbed me immediately. It started out reminding me of Dave Grohl a bit, especially in the vocals, then it was reminiscent of lots of the '90s Seattle bands. But at the same, you have your own compositional style. The composition is very evocative, and the melody sits perfectly on the instrumental parts. The arrangement of this song really belies the simplicity of this composition, and makes this song very appealing and emotional. The musicianship is very good across the board and I particularly enjoyed the guitar solo. The production is very well-balanced and the mix complements the feel of the song. All in all, this song is excellent.”
Real Rocker Girl - Music Review US
“Again, MAGNIFICENT, and wish you were stateside! If you should ever find yourself relocated to the USA, look us up, and again, I will forward your information to my colleagues whose labels include international tour support! Keep rockin' it down under and thank you for your submissions and the opportunity to become Cortez fans -- you guys are amazing!!”
Danielle Egnew / Roy Pack, Tin Star Records
“ACK!!! LOVE your voice and your songs -- we wish you were here in the United States -- you guys are FANTASTIC!!! I will definitely forward your music to my colleagues whose labels include international tour support! THANK YOU for submitting to us, and we'd work with you in a heartbeat, yet -- I fear you're a touch out of our jurisdiction, clear down under ! The very best of luck to you and we will keep you on file incase our territory opens up. In the meantime, I hope you blow up to be enormous rockstars and take over the world -- you're *great*!!!”
Tin Star Records
“Cortez - nice website and great sound. Nice to hear a decent aussie rock band again.
Founder of Outtloud”