Algernon Cadwallader
Parrot Flies


4.0
excellent

Review

by eatdogs USER (6 Reviews)
June 21st, 2011 | 46 replies | 13,988 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Now a part of my summer soundtrack...

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

“Interesting indeed…” is what came to mind while quietly jamming the new lp from twinkly emo revivalists, Algernon Cadwallader. Their self-released new album is called, Parrot Flies, and I just love the South Park style, paper cutout of the parrot on the front. Something is really stirring in Philadelphia because so much great music is coming from there these days. Music in the veins of Midwest 90’s emo style.

I made the mistake of missing them on their current tour of the states when I found out they booked a show in Oklahoma, but on a different day from what I thought. No matter, no matter, it’s all good. What makes up for it is this set of wonderful tunes, sure to make the summer here less crappy than usual for a 26 year old like me. Track one titled, “Springing Leaks,” has a quick 1-2 second instrumental strum that instantly reminds me of the opening track on American Football’s self-titled debut. It then proceeds to move forward with very nice loopy guitars of twinkle bits and precise, mathy drumming provided by the Tank. Lead singer, Peter Helmis, still has the Kinsellaesque voice, but it never tires out for me. I still love it and since Cap n’Jazz aren’t making anything new as of late (who knows…), this sits well with me. His bass playing really adds to the overall sound, and since they have become a three-piece, it’s even more important. Joe’s guitars, besides making sweet notes, get to bleed out a little bit and show off their crunchiness. Yes, they’ve moved onto the more “indie” side of things and I couldn’t help but think of Sonic Youth or Dinosaur Jr as the last few seconds of springing leaks ended.

Title track, “Parrot Flies”, is a stunner, and one of the many highlights. I love the mood and flowing motions of the guitars, which should make the listener glad to be along on the journey. Another highlight is “Chewed Up and Spit Out (In A Bowl)”, which, in its short length, manages to become a catchy number with a nice changeup and glossy shine. And then there’s the final track, “Cruisin’”, that becomes the end cap to this experience as the guitars gently fade away and I’m left wanting more.

I believe the gap between their immediate influences has hit its mark. If you listen carefully, you can hear the delicate care it took to make each note and each pitch the right amount, and how the overall flow is more up-tempo and less downstream. There is a raw quality that is noticeable and I will agree that it probably comes from their desire to be self-contained when the recording sessions went down. Reading their blog for a little while, I knew that the work they were doing was going to personal, and yet special. The question of sophomore slump (If there ever could be one…) came about me often. Without a doubt, Algernon Cadwallader have done better than I could have hoped, and this new album proves that. Sorry, but I can’t find anything wrong with this. Dig it…



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eatdogs
June 21st 2011



98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good stuff, good stuff...

alachlahol
June 21st 2011



7422 Comments


still ripping off the kinsellas as well as they always have???

DoubtGin
June 21st 2011



6684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

my favourite kinsella ripoffs

Enotron
June 21st 2011



7695 Comments


all of you shut up you know nothing

eatdogs
June 21st 2011



98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"still ripping off the kinsellas as well as they always have???"

its still algernon cadwallader, but with more spirit and enthusiasm than they had before...


alachlahol
June 21st 2011



7422 Comments


no for the love of god dont

DoubtGin
June 21st 2011



6684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

he's totally going to do it

Enotron
June 21st 2011



7695 Comments


most people who compare them to cap'n jazz have not heard cap'n jazz

Enotron
June 21st 2011



7695 Comments


or algernon

vocals are both high pitched n screamy dats it

ziroth
June 21st 2011



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah it's really not THAT much like Capn Jazz. You can tell they're an influence but what kind of band doesn't have influences

Enotron
June 21st 2011



7695 Comments


^thank u sirr

HallucinogeNick
June 21st 2011



755 Comments


just saw them play in Grand Rapids Michigan 2 days ago with 1994!, Snowing, Jowls, and The Reptilian.

Very fun show to say the least.

TheSpirit
June 28th 2011



16657 Comments


seeing these guys on thursday with snowing and 1994! wooooo

Digging: Sexdrome - Grown Younger

davsoi
July 2nd 2011



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

[most people who compare them to cap'n jazz have not heard cap'n jazz] 2


this album is pretty incredible.
Definitely a grower.

balcaen
July 4th 2011



3183 Comments


idk man, i have heard cap'n jazzand these guys are like 4th grade versions on a sugar rush. i think i'm gonna review this...

whywontyoudie
July 4th 2011



3063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Algernon are tight, awesome driving music.

slutnik
July 6th 2011



59 Comments


"mathy drumming"

I lol'd

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2011



15690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty boss thus far

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iFghtffyrdmns
November 15th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think I definitely like Some Kind of Cadwallader a bit better but yeah this is twinkly gold. so stoked to see them at snowing's last show.

sniper
November 15th 2011



18578 Comments


i'm gonna stay home all day on black friday and cry bitch tears because i can't be at snowing's last show, have fun.



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