On their debut album Gold, Los Angeles, CA-based combo Cody & the Blackouts weave irresistible, melodic pop-rock with insightful and inventive lyrics, to create a uniquely infectious, personally-charged songcraft that transcends conventional genre barriers.
Motivated by an abiding passion for tuneful, thoughtful pop-rock, singer-songwriter Hudock and multi-instrumentalist Brent Stranathan launched Cody & the Blackouts in 2017. Gold finds Hudock and Stranathan joined by guitarist Jimmy Holman, bassist Will Weissman, vocalist Joanna Hudock, as well as former band member and longtime collaborator Jordan Bennett on guitars and other instruments. The album was produced by Ethan Kaufmann (Avril Lavigne, Wild Party) and Brent Stranathan, and mixed by veteran Capitol Records engineer Chandler Harrod (John Mayer, Neil Young).
The creative team's collective talents lend gravity to the musical and emotional resonance of the record. "Most of these songs touch on the realities of watching time pass, and reassessing what really matters to you," Hudock observes. "I try to stay in a space where I can be honest about the fragile state in which I'm held together, and the struggle of just going through the motions in a world that you don’t quite seem to fit.”
Hudock grew up in Los Angeles with a father and older brother who were both songwriters. "Born into a family of songwriters, I picked up the trade quite naturally, almost the way the son of a baker might understand intrinsically how to make a good loaf of bread from their first go at it," Hudock states. He gained some early performance experience playing keys in his older brother Jordan’s popular LA indie bands, Coalinga and Marvelous Toy. Hudock soon launched his own project, Cody the Band, releasing three EPs of original material in 2010, 2011 and 2012, before reverting to his full name for the 2016 solo effort The Great American Album.
Hudock’s previous projects generated considerable word of mouth and critical notice amongst local L.A. press - blog The 704 observed, "If there were an award given for 'greatest living songwriter you've probably never heard of,' Hudock’s sterling effort would place him firmly in the running,” and he developed a reputation within the scene as a consummate ‘songwriter’s songwriter.’
In 2014 Hudock linked up with multi-instrumentalist and composer Jordan Bennett to collaborate on The Great American Album. Together, they recruited drummer Brent Stranathan and bassist Will Weissman to round out the lineup. When they entered the studio to record in 2017, they found the final piece of the puzzle: Hudock’s wife Joanna, whose distinctive, expressive voice effortlessly raises the songs' emotional stakes.
The band had been playing together regularly for just over a year when they set out to record Gold. “We had gotten so tight as a band, that we decided we would look to record an album by tracking as much of it live as we could, and sure enough we knocked out the bulk of the tracking in just three days," says Hudock. Following Bennett’s move to Atlanta, the band was fortunate to add seasoned session guitarist/songwriter Jimmy Holman into the fold.
"I've been honing my craft for a long time now," says Hudock. "There's tremendous value for me in creating something that I felt was truly great and leaving behind a record of my existence. Material success is always great, but my true joy is in the process and creation.”