The boys in Algernon Cadwallader have listened up and taken a lot of notes from every Kinsella brother endeavor. Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Make Believe; if the Kinsella brothers had a part in it, members of Algernon Cadwallader have almost undoubtedly heard it. I feel so confident in saying this solely on account of the heavy influence that these groups have had on AC's songwriting - the spastic, whiney vocals, the constant waltzing of twangy clean guitars, and an overall downtrodden demeanor, offset by the facade of twinkly and upbeat emo jams. And with two full-lengths, two EP's, and a killer demo already released, Algernon Cadwallader are in no way new to the game. Yet with every release, they manage to maintain a youthful freshness in their attitude, causing every bittersweet track to scintillate with a resentful but hopeful charm. It's hard not to relate such music to pretty much every one night stand of my college career thus far: it's sloppy, it's sporadic, and it's most likely too intoxicated to realize how awkward it should be. But in the tempestuous buzz of the moment, it feels like it might not be the worst idea in the world. So finish you beer, rubber-up and give Algernon Cadwallader a shot - you've got nothing to lose, apart from half an erection and perhaps your dignity.
RIYL: Snowing, 1984!, American Football, Cap'n Jazz, Hightide Hotel, etc.