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Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings make the transition from one-man studio project to full-fledged rock group on the ferocious and exhilarating Attack on Memory. In the process, leader Dylan Baldi and his bandmates manage to cross Nirvana’s volcanic angst with Sonic Youth’s abrasive minimalism as they churn their way through this bracing set. Baldi confronts the nihilism coursing through his lyrics with a bratty sort of defiance—his raw-throated vocals mix torment with perverse delight. Bashing drums and howling guitars pound home the raging frustration within “No Sentiment,” “Our Plans," and “Stay Useless.” “Wasted Days” is an eight-minute explosion of merciless throb and thrash worthy of The Velvet Underground. Behind these tunes' lethal thrust is a surprising grasp of song structure and dynamics, lifting the music beyond routine punk spew into something more rarified. Legendary producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies) does a superlative job at documenting Cloud Nothings’ live sound in the studio.

Customer Reviews

cloud somethings

it's good. like old b. joe armstrong meets kurt cobain meets thom yorke. it's got a progressive vibe amidst lots of grundge.. nice change.. uncharted, unconventional territory.

perfect fodder for pitchfork/hispters/good-music lovers.

this once-whispy cirrus is developing into a mighty, billowing cumulonimbus. mmm

Do it.

Strays away from the indie-pop-punk vibe of Cloud Nothings' earlier albums into a little bit of a '90s post-punk sound. Could be attributed to Albini's hand in the production process of this album. The use of a full band on this album really produces a more full, enriched and active sound. A bit different (just as Turning On and the self-titled differed), and more raw than previous efforts, but still catchy as all hell (in a fantastic way).

Stay Useless

I may be skipping a generation, but Stay Useless reminds me of the first R.E.M. tracks I heard in college in 1982. A freshman girl named Diana from Atlanta, GA played me a bootleg cassette tape of this cool new band called R.E.M. - Murmur came out a few months later. Compare to "Sitting Still" on Murmur, and sprinkle in a little Violent Femmes and you're there, long before grunge was a word.


Formed: 2009 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Cloud Nothings' prolific lo-fi pop is the brainchild of Dylan Baldi, a Cleveland, Ohio native who was still in his teens when the buzz about his music started. Baldi was majoring in audio recording at college when he dropped out to focus on the music he was making at home. After a few months, he uploaded the songs "Hey Cool Kid" and "Whaddaya Wanna Know" to his MySpace page, which led to gigs with Woods and Real Estate, and 2010 singles released via Group Tightener and Old Flame Records. That year,...
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