„Algernon is one of those bands…that is pushing the boundaries of rock…and more to the perimeters. They obviously don’t care if it can be pegged to a genre, they only care if it’s good, and it is!“ – Jazz Chicago
„Algernon draw inspiration from the jazz-tinged post-rock machinations of Tortoise, Chicago’s foremost group in the genre. The group’s style, however, veers into the louder and noisier elements of rock music. Led by composer/guitarist Dave Miller, Algernon uses two guitars, bass, drums and a vibraphone to combine gorgeous melodies with psychedelic effects and rock beats.“
– Center Stage Chicago
The all instrumental Algernon feature a unique line-up of dual guitars, vibes, bass and drums. The band is led by guitarist and composer Dave Miller. The other members of Algernon are second guitarist Toby Summerfield (who also was a member of Larval for many years), vibes player Katie Wiegman, bassist Tom Perona, and drummer Cory Healey.
Miller formed Agernon as a way to combine a large number of influences of various types of music he liked in a unique way, without any one of them being the dominant sound. These influences include experimental rock (60s psychedelic rock, Jimi Hendrix, 13th Floor Elevators), kraut-rock (Harmonia, Can and Neu!), post-rock (Tortoise, Isotope 217, Chicago Underground, Godspeed!, Talk Talk) the late 70s art-punk and no-wave scene (Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca) and avant-garde jazz.
A very important point about Algernon’s music is despite Dave having a strong jazz background, Algernon is not a improvising band. The music that Dave writes for the group is basically wholly scored; there is a very small amount of improvisation and what improvisation there is, is more about atmosphere(s) than about solos.
Ghost Surveillance is Algernon’s third album and is their first on a label able to reach a wider audience. Their music brings a lot of influences together in surprising and entertaining ways. A quick listen to the download sample will show you why we have such great enthusiasm for this band, as they manage to be quite accessible while pushing stylistic boundaries and exploring new paths.
released January 26, 2010
Dave Miller – guitars, synthesizer, theremin
Toby Summerfield – electric guitar
Katie Wiegman – vibes, percussion
Tom Perona – bass
Cory Healey – drums, percussion
Recorded March 15-16, 2009 at Electrical Audio Studios, Chicago.
Engineered and mixed by Manny Sanchez.
Produced by Algernon.
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