The Gig: Cloud Nothings
Where: Leeâ€™s Palace, Toronto, Canada
When: 23 March 2012
In One Word: New-vana?
Cloud Nothings are a band that I should NOT like. The Cleveland, OH band have been labelled garage-punk and Iâ€™ve never been a huge punk fan. Theyâ€™ve also been described as neo-grunge; but grunge is a word that Iâ€™ve been using apprehensively for years. Pearl Jam, in fact, is my all-time favourite band (donâ€™t make fun) but they led to cheese-ball imitators like Creed and ultimately to the pride of all Canadians, Nickâ€¦Nickâ€¦Nickleback. (I just threw up in my mouth a little).
Cloud Nothings do not try to imitate Pearl Jam though. Theyâ€™re more of a Nirvana grunge. But Iâ€™ve never enjoyed Nirvana all that much, viewing them as less talented but admittedly more authentic grunge compared to PJ. So why do I find myself interrupting parties by commandeering a friendâ€™s iPod to add Cloud Nothingsâ€™ sophomore LP Attack on Memory?
Most of the songs on the album are pretty good; â€śStay Uselessâ€ť is a great song. But itâ€™s the tracks â€śNo Future, No Pastâ€ť, and â€śWasted Daysâ€ť that get me so worked up that this chilled-out, pacifist hipster wants to punch a tablet in the face.
Woh Nathan calm down. Whatâ€™s come over you? Youâ€™re into lazy, beachy music with soft soothing vocals; not the abrasive screams of Cloud Nothingsâ€™ frontman Dylan Baldi.
Baldi remarked in a recent PitchforkTV interview, â€śI donâ€™t like a lot of electronic stuff. Especially [not a lot of] chill wave stuff or whatever. Thatâ€™s not my thing.â€ť
I dig the chill wave though. Especially when Iâ€™m just hanging out, probably sitting in front of a computer, maybe editing photos. But when Iâ€™m partying on a Friday night, I like music that rocks. So itâ€™s great that â€śelectronic stuffâ€ť is not Baldiâ€™s â€śthingâ€ť, because heâ€™s revitalized the ass-kicking grunge sounds of Nirvana that Iâ€™ve never rocked to before. I sure am now.
Â© Nathan Blagdon, Music Vice
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