Monday, September 3, 2012

Algernon Cadwallader


Rumors have been swirling for sometime but its official…Algernon Cadwallader has been laid to rest. The Philadelphia three-piece that was comprised of Tank Bergman, Peter Helmis, and Joe Reinhart announced the unfortunate news through the official Algernon Cadwallader Blog shortly after midnight on August 26th, 2012. Tank Bergman wrote:

I've had an amazing past 5 years touring and writing music with my best friends Peter and Joe. So here's the news: I'm having a kid and got a nursing job! I'm stoked about a little Tank running around with drumsticks. Unfortunately I'm unable to tour anymore.

You can read the full statement here. Since the bands formation in 2007, they released two full-lengths: 2008's Some Kind of Cadwallader and last year's Parrot Files in addition to releasing several 7"s.

The three friends crafted an excellent sound utilizing Kinsella esque vocals, beautiful harmonies, and amazing energy that all coincide with each other perfectly to create one of the best emo bands of our time and possibly all time. Taking off where Cap’n Jazz left off, Algernon Cadwallader takes the sound and expands on it making use of lots of finger tapping and noodling techniques to construct their melodic tones and tunes. In addition to creating music the trio created numerous other things. Peter Helmis created all the bands t-shirt designs. Joe Reinhart recorded and mixed all the band’s music in his studio The HeadroomPhiladelphia. The trio collectively printed all their shirt in their own warehouse in addition to personally booking all of their tours. Furthermore, the three members of Algernon Cadwallader own a record label, Hot Green Records.

The catalog left behind by Algernon Cadwallader will undoubtedly be one that is sought after and treasured by many for years to come. The fantastic music by Tank Bergman, Peter Helmis, and Joe Reinhart will continue to influence many musicians and speak to its multitude of listeners. 

Although the news of Algernon Cadwallader's end comes following weeks of rumors, the breakup is a definite loss for the music community. If you haven't already heard the bands excellent tunes I would highly recommend the song: "Some Kind of Cadwallader" as a great starting point. Check out the song and watch the video of them performing "Serial Killer Status" above.



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