"One day I think we all just asked ourselves, 'Why are our songs so sad?'" says C&S guitarist Scott Hirsch, laughing. "We're not unhappy people or anything. When I write stuff, I try to make it emotionally charged, and I guess that comes out kind of heavy and intense instead of lighthearted and happy."
The band's masterful grasp of emotion has less to do with the sometimes one-dimensionality of country and more to do with the rich, prismatic timbre of soul. In fact, when once pressed by an interviewer to categorize his band's style, vocalist M.C. Taylor responded by calling it "soul music."
"I'd still stand by that statement, I guess," Taylor says. "I think our goal from day one is to make music that's totally honest. There's no way to get around all these clichéd statements I'm making here, but we just want to have a band where the music seems like a natural extension of the people making it."