Cloud Nothings for a Saturday night. In concert at the legendary London Calling Festival in 2012 and recorded on November 2nd of that year.
In case you don’t know – 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, bassist TJ Duke, and guitarist Chris Brown.
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. The band is signed to Washington, D.C.-based Carpark Records. Their fourth LP Here and Nowhere Else was released on April 1, 2014. Cloud Nothings’ most recent album, Life Without Sound was released on January 27, 2017.
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.”
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 No. 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 No. 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.
In August 2018, Cloud Nothings announced that their sixth studio album, entitled Last Building Burning, will be released on October 19, 2018 on Carpark Records. The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch, and was produced by Randall Dunn. A new song/video, “The Echo of the World,” premiered on August 13 along with the announcement of North American tour dates.
And there you have it – If you missed them the first time, here’s your chance to catch up on the early stuff. Crank it up and dive in.