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Eat a Book/Specialist Subject Presents Algernon Cadwallader, 1994! Live [Review]

August 14, 2011
Eat A Book/ Specialist Subject Presents Algernon Cadwallader, 1994!, Well Wisher, Crash of Rhinos Live Review.
Circuit Sweet travelled to Birmingham Saturday 23rd July to catch Algernon Cadwallader’s matinee show in the garden of Wagon and Horses, during their 4 week UK/Europe visit touring their new LP “Parrot Flies”.
Having unfortunately missed Well Wisher and Crash of Rhinos we arrived in time for 1994! The Lancaster, Pennsylvanian duo, to prep their garden shed stage and then play an energetic, fast paced, ferocious rapture bringing  noise escalating set. Playing through 3 amps truly providing that loud bite and accompanied with one of the most destructive yet captivating drummers’ come across  to date. 1994! Put on an intense and forcible performance, leaving all standing to attention to the musicians capabilities.
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Described as- Intricate, melodic and mathy post hardcore from this Lancaster, PA drum and guitar duo. Imagine Hoover in overdrive or Ghosts & Vodka with vocals. Throw in the revolution summer influence of bands like Embrace and Rites of Spring and you will start to have an idea of what to expect.
1994!’s set consisted of recognised tracks such as “Steep Cliff Mountain Type Jaunt” taken from their album “Thank you arms and fingers” and “King Kong Stomping Man” taken from their “ FCKYRHED” release which of this year was reissued on both Square of Opposition Records and Inkblot Records. 

The band have just released a 2 song 7”, “Most Deaf” via Kiss of Death records, as well as a 4-way split with touring buddies Algernon, Snowing and Boys and Sex.

For their first time visiting and playing Europe and the UK, the men have clearly created an impressive legacy of loyal fans following on from their live shows. Their abilities and creativity will instantly win any new listener over. Putting in everything they can into their raw, powerful and abounding deliverance.

1994! Quickly packed away and made way for Algernon, both bands honourably  playing in Leeds just hours after their Birmingham appearance. Coming towards one of their last dates during their 4 week tour across seas neither band fortunately appeared tired as most do during an intense schedule. And neither band lacked in their performance.

Algernon Cadwallader are Tank Burgman, Peter Helmis, and Joe Reinhart. The trio pride themselves on their DIY ethics. To date their music has reached thousands- and to their delight they bought a crowd of adoring fans to the Digbeth Pub for a set all had been patiently waiting for. Touring  their sophomore release found in Parrot Flies.

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Their set in its entirety flourishes in charisma; throughout their performance its refreshing to see a working band connect with each other, their audience and themselves. Enjoying their momentum the three professionally overcame broken strings and a rejigged setlist to provide a raw vivacious live liberation. With their newer material providing stronger foundations their performance prized itself on its explosive melodies, joyful material and its audacious energy.
 Precise, mathy and hard hitting beats are provided by the Tank. Lead singer, Peter Helmis establishes and excel’s his presence with his Kinsellaesque vocals, of which never lack or tire. His burly bass tone adding to the mix alongside Joe’s guitars of which shimmers out sweet notes.
Their up- tempo tracks present on the new self released album are carried perfectly through to their live array. Flowing motions and mood changes all of which provided by the guitar orchestrations’ which live really did stand out, in some cases more than what appears on the record. This providing a pleasant bonus for seeing the band live.

Reputable tracks “Motivational Song” , “Serial Killer Status”, “Look Down“; were amongst the back catalogue played in their setlist alongside newer compositions found in “Pitfall”  and album titled “Parrot Flies”. Refracting guitars, driving rhythms and harmonious screaming all in unison each adds to the charisma Cadwallader contain as previously reported.

Without a doubt Algernon Cadwallader delivered.
An intensive intimate set. If you have the chance to see them live, do so- you won’t be disappointed.

1994!-
http://www.1994punctuation.com/
http://www.myspace.com/1994theband
Algernon Cadwallader-
http://algernoncadwallader.blogspot.com 
www.behappyrecords.com 
www.myspace.com/algernoncadwallader
www.last.fm/music/Algernon+Cadwallader  

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