If you’ve heard nothing of Cloud Nothings, it’s time to take a listen. The Cleveland post-punk band’s latest record, Attack on Memory, is heavy and introspective, the kind of album that holds one in suspense and then surprises with its heavy guitars. Dylan Baldi’s grainy, plaintive vocals shout and crackle in what is nevertheless a polished gem of an album. With production credentials held partly by Shellac’s Steve Albini – who has worked with the likes of Nirvana, the Pixies, and the Stooges – Attack on Memory is unapologetic rock, its riffs a laudable sound storm.
The indie punk outfit has been insistently touring the U.S., and garnering attention as they go. Baldi, who started writing music under the name Cloud Nothings in 2009 as a solo-project, has grown from the pop-punk of his prior releases, 2010’s Turning On and 2011’s Cloud Nothings.
Attack on Memory is haunting and heavy, just like post-punk should be. And now it’s coming to the bay! Cloud Nothings will be performing on Saturday March 3 at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco for $12.