Algernon Cadwallader
Demo


4.5
superb

Review

by Zach Goldberg USER (5 Reviews)
April 12th, 2010 | 17 replies | 8,006 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Plant a tree on top of a computer and you get Algernon Cadwallader.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Algernon is a favorite of mine for two reasons:
1) They're so quirky it hurts a little.
2) The unflagging happiness that they exhibit is impossible to turn away.
Now, if I had reviewed this demo when it was first released, I'd of been extremely bias. This demo was one of the first I'd ever heard, as I was just entering the world of Underground Music. The pretentiousness I emitted was unbearable, thinking that I was the first person to ever hear an underground emo tape. Algernon could do no wrong in my book, and this demo mine as well of been created by God.
Nowadays, things are a bit different. This demo remains fantastic, but it is in no way as amazing as I once saw. It holds only one major flaw, though, and that is that the rhythm of the drums occasionally wanders away. It's very brief and rare, but there nonetheless.
Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this demo. Algernon holds the key to my emotions, as they are the only band that I have ever listened to whose music can make me unconditionally happy, no matter what. Waking up to them just gets you ready to roll! It's as if their music makes everything less terrible. I've gotta do dishes? Oh, well, at least I have Algernon. Working late? Tough luck, but at least I've got Algernon. This demo flaunts Algernon Cadwallader's talent at making everything more upbeat and quirky, and it does something extremely rare for a so called, "Emo" band: this demo points out the fun in life. Where as most Emo bands wallow in their unhappiness and discontent, Algernon chooses to write music about the happiness and fun that is in everyday life, and they do this while still maintaining core Emo standards in music. The vocals are still strained and yelled, just bordering screams, the guitar remains melodic and complex, and the drums remain fast and upbeat, all standard Emo traits.
This demo has four songs: Breath Wish, Some Kind of Cadwallader, Look Down, and Second-Rate Machines. These four songs are all different in major ways, but still somehow cling to each other with small nods in sound, networking them together and giving the demo a kind of common idea. In Second Rate Machines, the sound is more planned, in that everything seems to be going to the same beat. Things change at the same time and move together, which is not true at all in Some Kind of Cadwallader. All the sounds move much more to their own accord, while still tying together nicely. Both songs hold one defining quality, though, and that is that the music flawlessly complements the vocals. The guitar, drum, and bass parts in both songs not only fit with the vocals, but refine and boost them to the point where Pete's voice is so defined that most of the passion within the song can be heard there.
In essence, this demo is nothing short of wonderful. It isn't as Godly as I thought a few years back, but it still is one of my favorite of all time, and Algernon Cadwallader remains one of my favorite bands.


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Algernon fucking Fadwallader....


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Enotron
April 12th 2010



7695 Comments


You might want to cut that up into some paragraphs

SeaAnemone
April 12th 2010



19682 Comments


seeing these guys saturday for free

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

americanmusicmachine
April 12th 2010



3953 Comments


wow, wow, wow, hey man you're breaking the law

taquitos
April 12th 2010



74 Comments


dweedle tweedle dodo

WatchItExplode
April 13th 2010



3203 Comments


Fucking love this band name for some reason but have yet to check out their material

SpaceisGolden
April 13th 2010



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Where at, Sea?
And check here: http://www.myspace.com/algernoncadwallader


sniper
April 13th 2010



18936 Comments


This is the best emo band name ever I'm pretty sure.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Enotron
April 13th 2010



7695 Comments


I think Beer Friends beats it, amirite Zach?

taquitos
April 14th 2010



74 Comments


some kind of cadwallader is so :3

SpaceisGolden
April 14th 2010



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Beer Friends don't fuck around.

Iamthe Nightstars
July 30th 2010



2179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not huge on this, but is it bad that I find this band more enjoyable than Cap'n Jazz?

Enotron
July 30th 2010



7695 Comments


yes.

Iamthe Nightstars
July 31st 2010



2179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well I just don't find them as catchy as AC for some reason.

EasternLight
July 31st 2010



2700 Comments


this band, guys, this band.

Iamthe Nightstars
July 31st 2010



2179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

huh?

Enotron
June 22nd 2011



7695 Comments


look down is such a classic song

Iamthe Nightstars
June 22nd 2011



2179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When I saw them the other week I somehow knew they were about to play "Look Down" after a previous song and got so stoked.



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