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 music/audio recording technology. 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. 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 an 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."
Cloud Nothings' music caught the attention of Kevin Greenspan at Bridgetown Records who offered to release the 8 song EP Turning On featuring the single "Hey Cool Kid". A month later Speaker Tree Records released a vinyl edition of Turning On with an additional track (Strummin'). Carpark Records signed Cloud Nothings as a one-man band in 2010 and released an expanded Turning On now featuring 13 songs. Uncut's John Robinson awarded Turning On 4 stars saying the music was "tuneful, witty and sounds fantastic". Spin's Josh Modell wrote that "Baldi has a melodic knack that approaches Guided By Voices at their prime".
Following American and European tours Baldi worked with producer Chester Gwazda in his Baltimore studio and 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" 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." Under The Radar's Frank Valish wrote "Baldi's songs somehow manage to mix punk rock energy with pure pop tunefulness". Mischa Pearlman of Alternative Press awarded the album 4 stars describing the music as "upbeat rock 'n' roll, full of joyous reckless abandon and youthful exuberance".
Attack On Memory
The band's third album, Attack On Memory, was released in January 2012. Recorded with producer/engineer Steve Albini at Electrical Audio. 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. Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan awarded the album 3 1/2 stars and selected Cloud Nothings as the "Band to Watch". Spin Magazine rated it 9/10 and "Attack On Memory" reached #2 on the CMJ Radio charts. 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.
Here And Nowhere Else
Their fourth album, Here and Nowhere Else was recorded with producer John Congleton at Water Music Studios and released April 1, 2014 on Carpark Records. The same day, they released the album's first single, "I'm Not Part of Me." and it's accompanying video. The album was given an 8.7 out of 10 on Pitchfork and titled "Best New Music". Here and Nowhere Else reached #2 on the CMJ Radio charts and was favorably reviewed in a wide variety of music publications including Rolling Stone (3 1/2 stars) and Spin (8/10). Cloud Nothings again toured Europe, Australia, Japan and performed at a number of festivals including Bonnaroo and Pitchfork.
Cloud Nothings will perform at The Coachella Music Festival 2015 on April 10 and 17.
- Turning On (EP)
- 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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