Cardinal

Cardinal

Cardinal has four tracks on Bandcamp. They’re all under three minutes long, and they all sound exactly as good as you’d expect from one of the countries long standing emo hubs of Virginia Beach. This guy’s voice is really appropriate for this genre. These songs make me think I’m back in the early 2000s riding on a bus home from high school to my house and listening to an iPod classic. Isn’t it weird that iPods have been out long enough now for me to be able to reminisce about using the first ones?

In any case, Cardinal is a really solid band. These guys are saying things that they need to say and playing things that support the songs. I really like the drummer. He’s throwing it all out there on every song. That’s important. There are too many bands that having emotional songs with constantly sparse drumming. Minimalism is truly awesome sometimes, but only sometimes. Other times, songs would really benefit from some all out drum pounding. Cardinal’s drummer understands that and pounds his drums away very sufficiently.

Everyone else in this band is doing great things for their genre as well. The guitar is interesting. The bass is supportive. The vocals are very appropriately toned, and the lyrics make it the genre it is. If you get the chance to go out and see Cardinal, you should go for it. You never know what a band is going to sound like from their recordings any more, but Cardinal is a safe bet for a good show.