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|Origin||Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia|
|Genres||alternative rock, indie rock, psychedelic rock|
|Labels||Ivy League Records (AU), Infectious Records (UK/Europe), TurnOut Records (US)|
|Past members||Jeremy Kelshaw|
Cloud Control is an Australian alternative rock band, originating from the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. As of 2013[update] the band is signed to the Australian record label Ivy League Records, in which they released their debut album Bliss Release. They are also signed to Infectious Music in the UK/Europe; and Votiv in North America.
The band has supported a host of local and international acts, including Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Supergrass, The Magic Numbers, Yves Klein Blue, The Temper Trap, Last Dinosaurs, Local Natives and Weezer.
All growing up in the Blue Mountains, the four members of Cloud Control met at the rehearsals for The Pirates of Penzance. They entered their first "Battle of the Bands", which they subsequently won. They recorded and released their debut self-titled EP in 2008. The single from Cloud Control, "Death Cloud", was picked up by Australian youth radio station Triple J and received strong airplay. The band were also selected[by whom?] to open for Supergrass on their tour of Australia.
After a string of festival appearances and tours with a variety of Australian bands, the band released their debut album, Bliss Release, in 2010. Two singles were released from the album: "Gold Canary" and "There's Nothing in the Water We Can't Fight", the latter of which appeared at number 18 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2010. They recorded the album in the house of their producer, Liam Judson.
Their second album Dream Cave was released on 9 August 2013.
On 3 January 2015, Bassist Jeremy Kelshaw announced his departure from the group on the band's Facebook page.
- Alister Wright - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2005–present)
- Heidi Lenffer - vocals, keyboards (2005–present)
- Ulrich Lenffer - drums, percussion (2005–present)
Awards and nominations
The single "Gold Canary" was voted as Single of the Week in the Rebel Playlist on the UK's BBC Radio 6 Music.
At the 2010 Jägermeister Australian Independent Music Awards Cloud Control won their first major accolades, taking out the awards for 'Best Independent Album' and 'Breakthrough Independent Artist'.
Triple J recognised Cloud Control's debut LP with a J Award nomination, eventually awarding the prize to Tame Impala for their debut Innerspeaker.
The Sydney Music, Arts & Culture (SMAC) Awards saw Cloud Control take out the gongs for Best Live Musical Act and Record of the Year.
In March 2011 Bliss Release was announced as the winner of the 6th annual Australian Music Prize along with the $30,000 cash prize.
- Bliss Release (14 May 2010; UK and Europe 23 May 2011) AUS #20, UK #136
- Dream Cave (9 August 2013) #9 AUS
- Cloud Control EP (October 2008)
- This Is What I Said (2 April 2010)
- "Vintage Books" (2007)
- "Buffalo Country" (2007)
- "Death Cloud" (13 November 2008)
- "Gold Canary" (6 October 2009)
- "This Is What I Said" (2 April 2010)
- "There's Nothing in the Water We Can't Fight" (2010)
- "Meditation Song No. 2" (2010)
- "Dojo Rising" (2013)
- "Scar" (2013)
- "Promises" (2013)
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