algebro

algebro

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Thom Cathcart is Algebro.
He writes toe-tapping, dark, funny songs; Folk-noir mysteries; Songs of suicides and private eyes...
all with a southern gentleman's acid-wit.
Raised in Gainesville, Georgia
Currently residing in Chicago
Algebro is King.

Biography

Algebro is Thom Cathcart, a Georgia-born singer-songwriter and guitarist
living and working in Chicago. The Algebro Album is a collection of 11
of his darkly humorous, enigmatic, and occasionally heartbreaking songs.
He sings in a pure unaffected tenor over his own spidery guitar playing
and the expansive rhythmic and tonal palette of producer and bandmate
Eddie Dixon.

Strangest Girl I’ve Ever Known is a minor key love song stretched over a
throbbing beat and washed with static and reverb drenched guitar.
Meddling Italian Neighbors is an ode to irresponsibility built on tuba
and tom waits-ian organ. The other tunes wander through scraped and rattled
percussion, trumpet choirs, back porch harmonica, and fluid fingerpicking
before arriving at the swelling strings of the closing credits/final scene/
epilogue of Algebro is King.

The band is made up of Eddie Dixon and Adam Fitz, both singer-songwriters
and multi-instrumentalists, who were so in love with Algebro songs they
dedicated themselves to bringing them to life in a live setting. Switching
between guitars, bass, and keys and augmented by the encylopedic drumming
of Dan Salyers, they don’t play stripped down impressions of the songs
fully realised arrangements with a cinematic flair for mood.

"intriguingly off-kilter" TimeOut Chicago

"a subtly clever lyricist who knows exactly how much humor he can inject into a song without turning it into a joke." Chicago Reader

"a theatrical musical journey lead by Tom Cathcart’s cunning lyricism" Vocalo.org

"one of the most intriguing discs I’ve heard this year" WXRT's Richard Milne

Lyrics

Meddling Italian Neighbors

Written By: Thom Cathcart

I don't know when to say when
I can't say no to my friends
When they'd like to have a drink or two
Don't mind if I do
And I've had no complaints
On my lack of restraint
When it comes to propping up a bar
And another pull from the jar
And a smoke in the alleyway
Everyday is a getaway

I don't know when to say when
I can't say no to my friends
When they'd like to have a drink or two
Don't mind if I do
And I've had no complaints
On my lack of restraint
When it comes to propping up a bar
And another pull from the jar
And a smoke in the alleyway
Everyday is a getaway

So let all the meddling Italian neighbors say...

That damn dog broke off it's chain
That damn dog's got shit for brains
That damn dog is way too old to train
So keep him on a leash
That damn dog broke off his chain
That damn dog's got shit for brains
That damn dog is way too old to train
So let's keep him on a leash
Capice? Capice.

Playground of Hard Knocks

Written By: Thom Cathcart

Broken glass and sharp rocks
Make a trap out of the sandbox.
I know you want to play,
So we'll watch, and we'll wait
For that guinea pig of a playmate
To try and I hop he makes it.
Then, a scream and he's clutching his hand.
There's blood all over the sand.
Broken glass and sharp rocks
It's the playground of hard knocks.

Love and kisses and all your mama misses
Hot dogs and hugs and all your daddy loves

I coulda, I woulda, I shoulda been your man, hey
I coulda, I woulda, I shoulda stuck to Plan A
Plan B always leaves me so lonely

Love and kisses and all your mama misses
Hot dogs and hugs and all your daddy loves

Love and kisses and all your mama misses
Hot dogs and hugs and all your daddy loves

Broken glass and sharp rocks
Make a trap out of the sandbox.
I know you want to play,
So we'll watch, and we'll wait
For that guinea pig of a playmate
To try and I hop he makes it.
Then, a scream and he's clutching his hand.
There's blood all over the sand.
Broken glass and sharp rocks
It's the playground of hard knocks.

Algebro is King

Written By: Thom Cathcart

There I go again
To the dreamland where I'm perfect
There I go again
To the world where Algebro is king
But I can't stand the fame
I can't stand making songs rhyme
Someone's always there
Eyeing me the whole time
Blue ribbon baby
Another mother's envy
Can you cross your eyes
Roll your tongue
And turn the globe
To where you're from
I could be a stranger with candy palms
Watching from my van when your shadow's long
So long shadow so long

But what's around the corner
Is it bad or good
Does it mean what it should
Or will it stand in the corner

But there I go again
To the dreamland where I'm perfect
There I go again
To the world where Algebro is king
But I can't stand the fame
I can't stand making songs rhyme
Someone's always there
Eyeing me the whole time
Blue ribbon baby
Let's throw a party
With a homeless clown
Carnival glass
And pin the tail on the ass' ass
I could be a stranger with candy palms
Watching from my van when your shadow's long
So long shadow so long

Tangent

Written By: Thom Cathcart


To the sore thumb sticking out for all to see
The reason to doubt you were ever meant to be
Apples and oranges, you and me
You got the makings, but it's my recipe

No, I never saw your place cause your place was a mess
The next sight of your face and I must confess
My nights spent there were made in distress
Last time I left, I forgot the address
A hundred to one that you could survive
All those dollar signs flashing in your eyes
The point is gone on a tangent

Like disappearing ink
Why did you go along
You should write what you think
You should right what you wrong

But still you don't quite fit like your choice of words
Your arts and crafts they are so absurd
All you e-kids thought you knew the word
You polish your shit 'til it becomes a turd
Think tank long sucked dry
With a vacuum-sealed look in your eye
The point is gone on a tangent

Like disappearing ink
Why did you go along
You should write what you think
You should right what you wrong

Discography

"The Algebro Album" released sept 10

Set List

CrankTooth
Lion and the Colorado
Meddling Italian Neighbors
Tangent
Playground of Hard Knocks
Strangest Girl I've Ever Known
Good Gumshoe
9 or 10
Good Gumshoe
AOK
Algebro is King
Landline
Matter of Mind
Dollars and Sense
Buster Virginia
Sharp Eye on a Golden Egg
I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder)