For Cloud Nothings, a different sound raining down

Cloud Nothings

Last year, Cloud Nothings was all about lo-fi fun and the whimsical musical impulses of Dylan Baldi — who recorded all of the material on his own and taught a backup band all the parts. But now Cloud Nothings is a full-on kickass band with a serious new album, “Attack on Memory.”

“It’s a depressing record, lyrically speaking,” says Baldi. “I was bored making the same kind of stuff over and over.”

He is sitting on a set of steps just a bit outside of the SXSW action in Austin, Texas, where Cloud Nothings played six gigs in three days. He says changing the band’s sound was almost a challenge he posed to himself.

“It’s kind of nerve-wracking at first,” he says, “because I changed it to something I wasn’t comfortable with. … But once you kind of settle into it and realize, ‘I’m happy with the record and the band is happy with the record; and if no one else is, I don’t care because I’ve made something that I’m really proud of, naturally,’ you kind of get over the fact that people are going to review it.”

Whether he gets over it or not, a lot have people have been reviewing the album — positively. Pitchfork gave it an 8.6 out of 10 and Rolling Stone gave it 3.5 out of five stars.

“Attack on Memory” oozes with the frustrated energy of Baldi constantly railing against the possibility of life’s futility.

“The whole record is sort of about what I think a lot of people my age go through,” he says. “Around like 20 and 21, people just sort of think about what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives.”

If this is what he’s going to be doing for the rest of his life, then the world will be better off for it. But there is one threat to that longevity. Cloud Nothings play at thunderous volume levels.

“Our drummer is super loud, so we all have to meet his level,” he says. “I’m gonna go deaf by like age 25.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Music

polyphonic

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…