“CORNELIS GERARD’s ‘It Won’t Kill You’ makes us want to watch CG live, on a stage, playing, and making us dance. Bet it’s so fun. We note that because this single is THAT fun. If you don’t, we think you don’t have any pulse – like, you’re dead, DOA, out-of-luck. The self described ‘punk-poet’ and ‘insensitive’ singer/songwriter, London based Dutch-Irish artist is a fresh breeze in the scene. The story telling is front and center. But the final product, packaged in brilliance, is something to behold.”
“As a fellow London resident, I connected with ‘Look back and laugh’ straight away and felt I could really associate with the lyrics. Cornelis talks about his experiences when he first headed for the bright lights of London Town. I think a lot of people will connect with his honest style of writing he is very relatable as an artist. The Great thing about this track is by the second time the chorus comes around you know it and you can’t help but sing along, smile and dance. As a musician this is all you can ask for really that your music makes people happy, dance and relate.
The melody to the song is very happy and positive but yet some on the lyrics are quite serious, this style of songwriting reminds me of the Smiths in the 70’s it’s very clever. One of my favourite lyrics from the song is “cause scars remind us who we are” even know its a small line in the track it gives a sense of empowerment to the song and the listener, it sends out a positive message within the song and makes the song personal to each individual listener and their personal challenges and scars.”
“Music – it’s the great love of my life, the lover of my life. I describe myself as the world’s only insensitive singer-songwriter. I think there are lots of beards in music but not enough balls. I’m trying to bring more balls to music; and truth. I like the truth even if it’s dirty or nasty. What inspires me? Relationships and not necessarily boy meets girl but between friends, or the love a person has with themselves; there’s love, hate, envy. Somebody like Elvis Costello I find really inspiring and he’s a cross-over between punk and new-wave and he would write songs that weren’t just straight-forward love songs. Not that music has to be deep or complicated but it has to be interesting.”