Cloud Nothings in concert, 2011
|Origin||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Genres||Indie rock, noise rock, lo-fi, post-hardcore, punk rock|
|Associated acts||Cat Killer, Wavves|
|Past members||Joe Boyer|
Cloud Nothings is an American indie-rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, founded by singer-songwriter Dylan Baldi. It currently consists of lead singer and guitarist Baldi, drummer Jayson Gerycz, and bassist TJ Duke.
Beginning in 2009, the band originally began as a solo project, with Baldi recording both vocals and instrumentals in his parents' basement, although he performed live with a full band.
In 2009, Baldi spent his first semester as a freshman at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, with a major in saxophone performance. During weekends, Baldi returned to his parents' basement in Westlake, Ohio, to record music using GarageBand. He later created several fake bands, each with their own Myspace page on which Baldi featured his original music. Baldi created the music "for personal enjoyment, to see if I could write a song that was better than the last song I wrote." One of the fake bands Baldi created was Cloud Nothings.
Cloud Nothings' music caught the attention of Bridgetown Records who offered to release the first EP Turning On. Soon after the EP release, underground rock promoter Todd Patrick, from New York City, New York, invited the band to perform at Market Hotel in Brooklyn, New York, opening for the bands Woods and Real Estate. The invitation prompted Baldi to gather a band for the performance in December 2009.
Realizing the potential success of the band, Baldi dropped out of college. He wrote a seven-page e-mail to his parents that explained his decision to work in music full-time. "They were cool with it," explained Baldi. "They trusted me. They've been supportive of me."
Carpark Records signed Cloud Nothings as a one-man band in 2010. Working with producer Chester Gwazda, the band released Cloud Nothings in January 2011. The album received favorable reviews. Pitchfork Media's David Bevan gave the self-titled album a 7.9 out of 10, writing "the result is another fantastic step forward, though not without some growing pains." Meanwhile, NME's Thomas Ward rated the album with a 7 out of 10. Cloud Nothings is "a fun, frenetic and crisp debut that is more resplendent than his lo-fi scuzz."
The band's third album, Attack On Memory, was released in January 2012. Recorded with producer/engineer Steve Albini it was the first outing to feature the live lineup and the first album in 2012 to receive "Best New Music" status on Pitchfork.com. It received a score of 8.6 and was ranked #22 on their Album Of The Year list for 2012. Spin Magazine rated it 9 out of 10 and "Attack On Memory" reached #2 on the CMJ Radio charts in the 2/6/12 issue which featured Cloud Nothings on the cover. The band toured Europe, performed at the Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Pitchfork Festival and made their debut television appearance on the Jimmy Fallon Show performing the single "Stay Useless". The band continued to tour throughout most of 2013 including Europe, Israel, Australia (Laneway Festival) and an appearance at the Coachella Music Festival.
By December 2012, the band had already begun writing their fourth studio album. In comparison to Attack On Memory, Baldi described the new material as being noisier, less melodic and less straightforward, with at least one song sounding like early Wire. however in December 2013, Cloud Nothings posted a teaser for a new album produced by John Congleton, suggesting a 2014 release. In January of 2014, the band announced their fourth album, "Here and Nowhere Else," with a release date of April 1. The same day, they released the album's first single, "I'm Not Part of Me."
On April 1, "Here and Nowhere Else" was released on Carpark Records. The album was given an 8.7 out of 10 on Pitchfork and titled "Best New Music". The music video for "I'm Not Part of Me" was released the same day. "Here and Nowhere Else" reached #2 on the CMJ Radio charts. Cloud Nothings again toured Europe and performed at a number of festivals including Bonnaroo and Pitchfork.
- Turning On
- Cloud Nothings – January 25, 2011 (Carpark Records)
- Attack on Memory – January 24, 2012 (Carpark Records)
- Here and Nowhere Else – April 1, 2014 (Carpark Records)
- Live At The Grog Shop – 2012 (Carpark Records)
- "Hey Cool Kid" – 2010 (Wichita Recordings)
- "Didn't You" – 2010 (Old Flame Records)
- "Leave You Forever" – 2010 (True Panther Sounds)
- Split with Kevin Greenspon – 2010 (Bridgetown Records)
- "Should Have" – 2011 (Carpark Records)
- "No Future/No Past" – 2012 (Carpark Records)
- "Stay Useless" – 2012 (Carpark Records)
- "I'm Not Part of Me" – 2014 (Carpark Records)
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