CONTEST: RAC Tickets + Shirts
RAC’s career is a unique one. What originally started as an international collective of remixers has since essentially become the solo project of André Allen Anjos. Anjos, who founded RAC in 2007, began infiltrating the music world by directly emailing artists and their agents, asking to do remixes of their material. His big break came when he was given the go-ahead to remix The Shins’ “Sleeping Lessons.” That remix inevitably caught the attention of indie royalty like Tokyo Police Club and Ra Ra Riot, and paved the way for what RAC now is 7 years, 200 remixes, and 1 original album later.
On the heels of releasing Strangers (the aforementioned album of originals that features vocals from the likes of Tegan & Sara and St. Lucia)earlier this year, RAC is embarking on the “Something Classic” tour. In addition to carrying Penguin Prison and Speak (both of whom were guests on Strangers) as support, the tour also features live vocals by RAC collaborators Karl Kling and Pink Feathers. 
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Club date of the “Something Classic” tour and a sweet RAC shirt, email contests@930.com with the subject line “RAC Classic” to tell us your favorite remix RAC’s ever done. Two lucky winners will be chosen Wednesday, October 22 at 5pm. 
Don’t want to wait to get tickets? They’re on sale now through Ticketfly.

CONTEST: RAC Tickets + Shirts

RAC’s career is a unique one. What originally started as an international collective of remixers has since essentially become the solo project of André Allen Anjos. Anjos, who founded RAC in 2007, began infiltrating the music world by directly emailing artists and their agents, asking to do remixes of their material. His big break came when he was given the go-ahead to remix The Shins’ “Sleeping Lessons.” That remix inevitably caught the attention of indie royalty like Tokyo Police Club and Ra Ra Riot, and paved the way for what RAC now is 7 years, 200 remixes, and 1 original album later.

On the heels of releasing Strangers (the aforementioned album of originals that features vocals from the likes of Tegan & Sara and St. Lucia)earlier this year, RAC is embarking on the “Something Classic” tour. In addition to carrying Penguin Prison and Speak (both of whom were guests on Strangers) as support, the tour also features live vocals by RAC collaborators Karl Kling and Pink Feathers

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Club date of the “Something Classic” tour and a sweet RAC shirt, email contests@930.com with the subject line “RAC Classic” to tell us your favorite remix RAC’s ever done. Two lucky winners will be chosen Wednesday, October 22 at 5pm. 

Don’t want to wait to get tickets? They’re on sale now through Ticketfly.

9:30 Interview: The Wild Feathers
Nashville’s Wild Feathers create a unique blend of folk, rock, and blues. I had the opportunity to ask Rick, the guitarist/vocalist, some questions about being a part of Wild Feathers. You can listen to full audio of the interview here.
Sydney [9:30]: My name is Sydney, I’m with the 9:30 Club.  I write for their blog, and I have a couple questions for you!
Rick [The Wild Feathers]: Alright! Let’s go!
So, with this new tour, how does this tour differ from other tours that you have done in the past?
Well, it’s our second headlining tour this year, and our second one total in our careers, headlining by ourselves, so we’re excited about that. We’ve been a support band for what seems like hundreds of tours, so we know how to open up for other bands but we learned last time how to be the headliner and do certain things. For example, you have a lot longer to play so you get a little more freedom, so we’re excited to do that. 

Is there anything significantly different in how you put on a show when you’re opening versus when you’re headlining?

Yeah, I think so because when you headline the show, the majority of the people are there to see you. It’s your show. So there’s already that connection that people seem to be more excited to see you because they’ve already heard of you and they’re a fan, as opposed to when you’re opening for a band and they’re audience might not have ever heard of you before. In that case you have to try and instill a lot of energy and win them over, which is fun too. But headlining, like I said, the majority of who you’re playing for are your fans.  They’re excited to see you, and you’re excited to see them, and you share in their energy together, which is really great.
So, I know that you guys formed a while ago, but why did you guys start making music—why did you start this band in the first place?

I think that Joel, Taylor, and I were all kind of in the same boat, we just didn’t know it at the time. We were all ready to try something different, but we all came from different backgrounds doing different solo projects, and we all thought, “why not attempt something like this and see what could happen?” And then we really enjoyed it and things started moving along pretty quickly. We felt like we had something positive going, which is great, and we are still rally enjoying it. We’re still on our first record cycle, which is nice, and we’ve been writing here and there for our next record, which is exciting. Overall, we are still really enjoying it.

Awesome! So, I know that you guys rotate singers and how you play the songs, so what challenges does that present that makes The Wild Feathers unique compared to other bands?

I think for a while when we were just starting, the challenge was just adjusting to not being the only one who calls all the shots, and that still can be kind of trying. With our background, we all come from being the sole leader, calling the shots and directing everything. With this band, it’s more of a democracy, and we discuss everything and rely on each other to make smarter decisions, which is great. That was a little challenging at first, but it just took some getting used to. It’s not so much as challenging anymore. And that’s really kind of it. Well, It’s challenging to write sometimes. There are, besides myself, two other songwriters in the band who are very passionate about what they do. We never get argumentative or anything, but people get excited and it can be hard to focus the actual song, the actual thoughts, because we’re so excited. It’s challenging to kind of reign it in, but that’s really it.

So you guys are going to be playing at the 9:30 Club in DC coming up, and I know you guys have come to DC before, but is there anything new that you’re looking forward to doing or a place you’re excited to go back to when you’re here?

Well, we always love being there, but it seems like every time we’re in DC we’re there for a total of like four or five hours. We come in, sound check, play, and then have to leave, but I think we get a full night there. So, I’m willing to say that’s one of our favorite venues in the country, just like every other band. It’s amazing, it sounds great, and the people are so nice. We sure will be doing some celebrating on the town. It will be so nice coming back and being the headliner, not just the opener.

The last question I have for you is: if your tour bus was on fire, or about to fall into a lake or something, but you had time to run in and grab one thing out of the bus, what would you grab?

Are we deep into the tour; deep into traveling?
Yes.
I would probably say my phone charger.  

That’s a good answer!

That’s the first thing that came to my mind. I have to communicate. I would say my music, but most of my music on the road is on my phone, so I would have to say my phone charger. 



Well, is there anything else that you would like to add?

Not really. We are super excited to come back to DC and play 9:30. Can’t wait for the cupcakes, can’t wait to have a good time like we always do. 

Thank you so much for your time!

Thank you! No problem! See you soon!
-Sydney Sanial
Be sure to catch The Wild Feathers when they play at the 9:30 club on Thursday, 11/20

9:30 Interview: The Wild Feathers

Nashville’s Wild Feathers create a unique blend of folk, rock, and blues. I had the opportunity to ask Rick, the guitarist/vocalist, some questions about being a part of Wild Feathers. You can listen to full audio of the interview here.

Sydney [9:30]: My name is Sydney, I’m with the 9:30 Club.  I write for their blog, and I have a couple questions for you!

Rick [The Wild Feathers]: Alright! Let’s go!

So, with this new tour, how does this tour differ from other tours that you have done in the past?

Well, it’s our second headlining tour this year, and our second one total in our careers, headlining by ourselves, so we’re excited about that. We’ve been a support band for what seems like hundreds of tours, so we know how to open up for other bands but we learned last time how to be the headliner and do certain things. For example, you have a lot longer to play so you get a little more freedom, so we’re excited to do that. 

Is there anything significantly different in how you put on a show when you’re opening versus when you’re headlining?

Yeah, I think so because when you headline the show, the majority of the people are there to see you. It’s your show. So there’s already that connection that people seem to be more excited to see you because they’ve already heard of you and they’re a fan, as opposed to when you’re opening for a band and they’re audience might not have ever heard of you before. In that case you have to try and instill a lot of energy and win them over, which is fun too. But headlining, like I said, the majority of who you’re playing for are your fans.  They’re excited to see you, and you’re excited to see them, and you share in their energy together, which is really great.

So, I know that you guys formed a while ago, but why did you guys start making music—why did you start this band in the first place?

I think that Joel, Taylor, and I were all kind of in the same boat, we just didn’t know it at the time. We were all ready to try something different, but we all came from different backgrounds doing different solo projects, and we all thought, “why not attempt something like this and see what could happen?” And then we really enjoyed it and things started moving along pretty quickly. We felt like we had something positive going, which is great, and we are still rally enjoying it. We’re still on our first record cycle, which is nice, and we’ve been writing here and there for our next record, which is exciting. Overall, we are still really enjoying it.

Awesome! So, I know that you guys rotate singers and how you play the songs, so what challenges does that present that makes The Wild Feathers unique compared to other bands?

I think for a while when we were just starting, the challenge was just adjusting to not being the only one who calls all the shots, and that still can be kind of trying. With our background, we all come from being the sole leader, calling the shots and directing everything. With this band, it’s more of a democracy, and we discuss everything and rely on each other to make smarter decisions, which is great. That was a little challenging at first, but it just took some getting used to. It’s not so much as challenging anymore. And that’s really kind of it. Well, It’s challenging to write sometimes. There are, besides myself, two other songwriters in the band who are very passionate about what they do. We never get argumentative or anything, but people get excited and it can be hard to focus the actual song, the actual thoughts, because we’re so excited. It’s challenging to kind of reign it in, but that’s really it.

So you guys are going to be playing at the 9:30 Club in DC coming up, and I know you guys have come to DC before, but is there anything new that you’re looking forward to doing or a place you’re excited to go back to when you’re here?

Well, we always love being there, but it seems like every time we’re in DC we’re there for a total of like four or five hours. We come in, sound check, play, and then have to leave, but I think we get a full night there. So, I’m willing to say that’s one of our favorite venues in the country, just like every other band. It’s amazing, it sounds great, and the people are so nice. We sure will be doing some celebrating on the town. It will be so nice coming back and being the headliner, not just the opener.

The last question I have for you is: if your tour bus was on fire, or about to fall into a lake or something, but you had time to run in and grab one thing out of the bus, what would you grab?

Are we deep into the tour; deep into traveling?

Yes.

I would probably say my phone charger.  

That’s a good answer!

That’s the first thing that came to my mind. I have to communicate. I would say my music, but most of my music on the road is on my phone, so I would have to say my phone charger. 

Well, is there anything else that you would like to add?

Not really. We are super excited to come back to DC and play 9:30. Can’t wait for the cupcakes, can’t wait to have a good time like we always do. 

Thank you so much for your time!

Thank you! No problem! See you soon!

-Sydney Sanial

Be sure to catch The Wild Feathers when they play at the 9:30 club on Thursday, 11/20

SHOW PREVIEW: I.M.P. presents Little Dragon at Echostage
It is not an easy feat to remain relevant in an ever-changing music industry for almost 10 years, but somehow, Swedish electronic band Little Dragon has managed to do just that. Formed in 1996, the group has released four insanely successful albums that mix all the best elements of the electronic and rock genres. Originally formed in 1996 while the band members were still in high school, Little Dragon released its first EP in 2006 to critical acclaim.
Each of Little Dragon’s releases has received very positive reception and was complemented by extensive touring. In 2011, Little Dragon also supported Gorillaz on its immensely successful Escape to Plastic Beach Tour. The band’s headlining performances feature incredible light design, hypnotizing digital displays, and of course lead singer’s Yukimi Nagato’s bewitching vocals.

Little Dragon’s sound is distinctively electronic, but with splashes of pop and rock carefully threaded throughout. Personal favorites include the extremely danceable “Pretty Girls" and the raucous "Klapp Klapp,” both from the band’s latest release Nabuma Rubberband. The band’s synergy, something that only comes from years together, shines through on each track and the group’s distinctive sound is evident in each song. So, don’t miss Little Dragon’s unique brand of electronic music this Wednesday at Echostage!
-Janice Freeman

SHOW PREVIEW: I.M.P. presents Little Dragon at Echostage

It is not an easy feat to remain relevant in an ever-changing music industry for almost 10 years, but somehow, Swedish electronic band Little Dragon has managed to do just that. Formed in 1996, the group has released four insanely successful albums that mix all the best elements of the electronic and rock genres. Originally formed in 1996 while the band members were still in high school, Little Dragon released its first EP in 2006 to critical acclaim.

Each of Little Dragon’s releases has received very positive reception and was complemented by extensive touring. In 2011, Little Dragon also supported Gorillaz on its immensely successful Escape to Plastic Beach Tour. The band’s headlining performances feature incredible light design, hypnotizing digital displays, and of course lead singer’s Yukimi Nagato’s bewitching vocals.

Little Dragon’s sound is distinctively electronic, but with splashes of pop and rock carefully threaded throughout. Personal favorites include the extremely danceable “Pretty Girls" and the raucous "Klapp Klapp,” both from the band’s latest release Nabuma Rubberband. The band’s synergy, something that only comes from years together, shines through on each track and the group’s distinctive sound is evident in each song. So, don’t miss Little Dragon’s unique brand of electronic music this Wednesday at Echostage!

-Janice Freeman

CONTEST: Mayday Parade Tickets + Merch Bundle
There’s still a ways to go until the release of Mayday Parade’s forthcoming 2015 album. Thankfully, the Florida pop-rockers will tide us over with their “Honeymoon Tour,” which rolls through D.C. next week. In almost a decade of activity, the band has demonstrated its range of musicality, from the acoustic, deep-cutting version of “Your Song” to the driving pop punk of last year’s Monsters in the Closet single, “Ghosts.”
Without a doubt, Mayday Parade’s upcoming Club show will be back-to-back stacked with fan favorites. If we’re lucky, we’ll be treated to some new material, too. We not only want to send you and a friend to the show for free, but give you a tight Mayday Parade merch bundle, too!
Three lucky winners will receive:
A pair of tickets to the Club show on Wednesday, October 15
A signed copy of Monsters in the Closet (Deluxe)
A signed Mayday Parade poster
A Mayday Parade wristband
For your chance to win all of the above, email contests@930.com with the subject line “Mayday Monsters” and let us know your favorite Mayday Parade song. Winners will be chosen Tuesday, October 14 at 5pm. Best of luck!

CONTEST: Mayday Parade Tickets + Merch Bundle

There’s still a ways to go until the release of Mayday Parade’s forthcoming 2015 album. Thankfully, the Florida pop-rockers will tide us over with their “Honeymoon Tour,” which rolls through D.C. next week. In almost a decade of activity, the band has demonstrated its range of musicality, from the acoustic, deep-cutting version of “Your Song” to the driving pop punk of last year’s Monsters in the Closet single, “Ghosts.”

Without a doubt, Mayday Parade’s upcoming Club show will be back-to-back stacked with fan favorites. If we’re lucky, we’ll be treated to some new material, too. We not only want to send you and a friend to the show for free, but give you a tight Mayday Parade merch bundle, too!

Three lucky winners will receive:

  • A pair of tickets to the Club show on Wednesday, October 15
  • A signed copy of Monsters in the Closet (Deluxe)
  • A signed Mayday Parade poster
  • A Mayday Parade wristband

For your chance to win all of the above, email contests@930.com with the subject line “Mayday Monsters” and let us know your favorite Mayday Parade song. Winners will be chosen Tuesday, October 14 at 5pm. Best of luck!

JOE’S JAZZY JAUNTS: Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!

The iTunes store filed this one under “jazz,” so I’m running with it. Flying Lotus, aka producer Steven Ellison, has devoted his latest record to an exploration of mortality. The album, cheekily entitled You’re Dead!, envisions the end of it all as being more of a psychedelic fever dream than an eternal nothingness. Ellison employs his usual sonic collage techniques, and enlists a diverse cast of characters to join the party.

The intense burst of ideas is there from the beginning, with the first four tracks clocking in at less than two minutes each. “Theme” starts with a hum made up of a swarm of pitches and sounds. From this emerges a frantic combination of electric keyboard and synthetic beats. “Tesla” takes things into a jazzier realm, with a rapid snare drum patter accompanied by guitar noodling.

“Cold Dead” is more energetic than its title would suggest, as prog guitar riffing alternates with fast-paced saxophone improvisation. And this is not to be confused with “Fkn Dead,” a state defined by assertive drum hits and glittery sound effects.

The first guest pops up on “Never Catch Me,” in the form of rapper Kendrick Lamar. His presence helps give the track structure, as the music becomes a backdrop for his words. The beat becomes more conventional, with clearly delineated measures and phrases. That’s not to say it’s predictable, as it undergoes wild fluctuations in intensity throughout.

“Dead Man’s Tetris” welcomes two more guests in Snoop Dogg and Flying Lotus’ rapping alter ego Captain Murphy. The pace of this track is slower, as Snoop Dogg’s style is much more relaxed than Lamar’s. The 8-bit samples that weave in and out are reminiscent of some of Beck’s loopier songs.

Ellison also makes time for some soul and R&B influences, as on “Coronus the Terminator.” The vocals are breathier and heavily reverbed, as if to lull the listener into a reverie. There is a nice interplay between singer Niki Randa and Ellison himself, as they sometimes line up and other times separate. The later tracks “Obligatory Cadence” and “Your Potential/The Beyond” operate in a similar vein.

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock appears on “Moment of Hesitation” to supply some keyboard work. Among many other things, Hancock is responsible for the 1973 album Head Hunters, which deals heavily in fusion and funk. Bits of pieces of that music can be heard in what Ellison’s doing, and it’s no wonder he sought out its creator.

The track hints at Ellison’s original plans for You’re Dead! He recently told Rolling Stone that he had wanted to “make the fastest, hardest, most intense jazz record.” “Moment of Hesitation” certainly moves at a frantic clip, and Hancock’s synth pads provide a looming air of drama.

The album moved away from that notion, of course, and I think it’s better for it. Ellison is exceptionally skilled at stitching together sounds, and the more he has to work with the better. He possesses the wide-ranging vocabulary, and because of that, he is able to take advantage of a maximalist approach.

-Joe Ciccarello

SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 presents Lo-Fang at U Street Music Hall
Matthew Hemerlein, known to most as Lo-Fang, is bringing classical music to the indie rock world and we love it! After opening up for pop queen Lorde on her US tour earlier this year, Lo-Fang has been gaining attention for his smooth voice, sharp lyrics, and ability to play a myriad of instruments. The Columbia, Maryland native is classically trained in violin, cello, bass, piano, and guitar—he performs all the instrumentation on his debut, Blue Film. Hemerlein takes his old school skill set and expertly blends it with modern indie rock/electronic music, creating a sound that’s entirely his own.

Blue Film was recorded all over the world. From Cambodia, Bali, and London to his parents’ home in Maryland, the album was inspired by Hemerlein’s nomadic musings. His desire for wanderlust is directly translated to Blue Film as Hemerlein explores a musical genre that he’s crafted for himself. It also features two covers: a steamy version of Boy’s “Boris” and a haunting take on the Grease hit “You’re the One that I Want,” which both showcase Lo-Fang’s ability to turn any song into one of the coolest tunes you’ve ever heard. If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween in style this year, be sure to snag your tickets to see Lo-Fang perform at U Street Music Hall on October 31st!
-Kelly McDonald

SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 presents Lo-Fang at U Street Music Hall

Matthew Hemerlein, known to most as Lo-Fang, is bringing classical music to the indie rock world and we love it! After opening up for pop queen Lorde on her US tour earlier this year, Lo-Fang has been gaining attention for his smooth voice, sharp lyrics, and ability to play a myriad of instruments. The Columbia, Maryland native is classically trained in violin, cello, bass, piano, and guitar—he performs all the instrumentation on his debut, Blue Film. Hemerlein takes his old school skill set and expertly blends it with modern indie rock/electronic music, creating a sound that’s entirely his own.

Blue Film was recorded all over the world. From Cambodia, Bali, and London to his parents’ home in Maryland, the album was inspired by Hemerlein’s nomadic musings. His desire for wanderlust is directly translated to Blue Film as Hemerlein explores a musical genre that he’s crafted for himself. It also features two covers: a steamy version of Boy’s “Boris” and a haunting take on the Grease hit “You’re the One that I Want,” which both showcase Lo-Fang’s ability to turn any song into one of the coolest tunes you’ve ever heard. If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween in style this year, be sure to snag your tickets to see Lo-Fang perform at U Street Music Hall on October 31st!

-Kelly McDonald

HOW DID I MISS THIS: Chrissie Hynde

I’ve always had a deep admiration for female rock stars (probably due to my not-so-secret aspiration to be one). Some of my personal favorites include Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks and Gwen Stefani. The other day, I was listening to DC101 when a super catchy yet perfectly edgy song, driven by deep, beautifully raspy female vocals, came on. Intrigued by what I was hearing, I referred to my favorite app, Shazam, which identified the tune as “Dark Sunglasses” by Chrissie Hynde. 

After some research, I realized Hynde belonged on my list of awesome female rockers. She made her mark in the ’80s as the leader of The Pretenders, best known for their hit ballad “I’ll Stand by You” (if that doesn’t ring a bell, look it up…I can almost guarantee you know it). Hynde went on to sing, write, and collaborate with such musical legends as Frank Sinatra, Ringo Starr, Cher, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Sheryl Crow. Most recently, Hynde released a solo album titled Stockholm in June. Hynde’s incredible ability to rock out while maintaining a laid-back vibe is perfectly demonstrated throughout the album. It is reminiscent of the Pretenders’ sound, probably due in part to Hynde’s unique voice that has a modern twist. There’s one simple reason Chrissie Hynde is still successful after 35 years: she rocks.

Check out Hynde’s new album, Stockholm, and be sure to get tickets to see her perform at The Lincoln Theatre on November 7!

-Bridget O’Keefe

NEW TRACKS: “Harvest Home” - Mark Lanegan

Mark Lanegan’s craggy voice serves as an appropriately grave tour guide on his new track, “Harvest Home.” The song starts off with jangly guitar, playing an arpeggio figure with a delay effect. A muscular drumbeat joins, followed by Lanegan. He says that he’s happy, but the image of him “walking the floors with the ghosts all alone” hints otherwise. Eventually, an eerie synth comes in, adding to the moody melodrama. It all adds up to a solid little tune, boding well for Lanegan’s new album Phantom Radio, due out later this month.

-Joe Ciccarello

9:30 presents Mark Lanegan Band at U Street Music Hall on Sunday, November 9!

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: The Vinyl District
Launched in 2007 as a celebration of all-things-vinyl, The Vinyl District is a go-to music source for District dwellers. The website garnered national attention in 2009 through its Record Store Day partnership, which jumpstarted TVD’s expansion in 2011 to thirteen additional cities, including NYC, LA, New Orleans, and Chicago. Show reviews, artist interviews, and concert ticket giveaways are common content on all TVD sites.
We’re honored to work with TVD’s flagship D.C. site. Over the years, they’ve written countless reviews of Club and I.M.P. shows, interviewed tons of artists passing though, and made plety o’ concert-loving followers happy with ticket giveaways. 
Speaking of giveaways, TVD will soon be giving away a pair of tickets to Little Dragon at Echostage. You know what that means - like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and watch their site like a hawk for your chance to win!

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: The Vinyl District

Launched in 2007 as a celebration of all-things-vinyl, The Vinyl District is a go-to music source for District dwellers. The website garnered national attention in 2009 through its Record Store Day partnership, which jumpstarted TVD’s expansion in 2011 to thirteen additional cities, including NYC, LA, New Orleans, and Chicago. Show reviews, artist interviews, and concert ticket giveaways are common content on all TVD sites.

We’re honored to work with TVD’s flagship D.C. site. Over the years, they’ve written countless reviews of Club and I.M.P. shows, interviewed tons of artists passing though, and made plety o’ concert-loving followers happy with ticket giveaways. 

Speaking of giveaways, TVD will soon be giving away a pair of tickets to Little Dragon at Echostage. You know what that means - like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and watch their site like a hawk for your chance to win!

SHOW PREVIEW: Cloud Nothings at 9:30 Club
There isn’t a word strong enough to portray Cloud Nothings. What began as Dylan Baldi’s solo project in the basement of his parents’ house, has developed into something that every young adult in their twenties or thirties can submerse their soul into.
Turning On signifies the start of it all. There is a sense of honesty and genuineness that effortlessly streams through Dylan’s mouth with every word he sings. The production of the album is of a much lower quality than the three that follow, but it is more suiting to the band’s style. The grittiness and lo-fi characteristics that swarm Dylan’s vocals makes for thirteen tracks that create the meaning of realism. “You Are Opening” is an unbelievable track, and one that is underrated within the Cloud Nothings discography. From beginning to end, the musicality is so on point, it’s hard to fathom. The simple, repetitive bass kicks it off, which is quickly layered with a twangy guitar melody and Dylan groaning. One of the most beautiful qualities of his vocal style is how he can turn a simple sound into something painful and raw. As he repeatedly sings, “I don’t care why, I don’t care why you are opening,” he instills that suffering into his listeners.
There was a large jump in the journey between Turning On and the self-titled. Their sophomore album inherits more of punk-pop vibe, filled with energetic and insightful tracks. “Understand At All” is the album opener. While it has some pessimistic undertones, it is relatively upbeat. Everything after it slowly becomes deeper and darker. This will not hit you until the lyrical guitar line opens “Forget You All The Time,” debatably one of the best songs Dylan Baldi has ever written. (However, I am a bit biased; I credit this track with getting me through more obstacles than any other piece of music that has been a part of my life.) It’s hard to pick a favorite track on the album, because one after another will steal your heart away. 
Attack On Memory is the album that catapulted Cloud Nothings’ career, and developed their current musicality. By this point, the band has blossomed into a three-piece band with TJ Duke shredding the bass, and Jayson Gerycz on the drums. “No Future/No Past” could quite possibly be the most emotional start to any album; with all three members playing together, the timing of the instrumentation is impeccable from the haunting piano in the beginning up until the last time Dylan screams “No future, no past.” This transitions into another upper - th nine-minute ode to maturity, “Wasted Days.” The whole song revolves around the chorus, “I thought I would be more than this.” When the band performs it live, it’s a spiritual experience. Being in a room with hundreds of people all screaming that line, with sweat streaming down their face, can cause an out-of-body experience. “Fall In” will show you just how remarkable this band is.

There comes a point in our lives when we have absolutely no idea what we’re doing. There aren’t any signs pointing us in the direction that we should be headed; instead we have to some how figure it out on our own. At times it is excruciatingly painful, but thankfully there are moments of sheer clarity where everything falls exactly into place. Here and Nowhere Else embodies this feeling to perfection. Silencing any doubts, the album picks up right where Attack On Memory left off, blessing the world with another near-perfect album.
“Now Hear In” makes this obvious right from the beginning. Beautiful, reverbed guitar-goodness opens the track. As the song gradually gains speed and Baldi’s vocals edge closer and closer to his unmistakable scream, the drums suddenly cut out leaving us with, “We’re moving closer to the sun, I feel there’s nothing left to say. A simple life can be so strange.” This is what makes Cloud Nothings’ music so enjoyable: their ability to move and play together, one rising as the others fall. They are truly musical geniuses. The chorus of “Quieter Today” is one of the best the band has written. There is a brief pause right before the chorus begins jolting the melody to a slower tempo, which gradually returns to its original speed.
The emotion is exploding out of all eight tracks on the album and it will absorb you, as evident in “Giving Into Seeing” as Baldi repetitively screams “swallow.” Some may feel indifferent about his vocals, but the screaming is actually tasteful and serves as an extension of his emotions. Something could be said about every song on the album; each one is as important as the next with the first single of the album, “I’m Not Part Of Me,” serving as the perfect conclusion. You can listen to this album in your darkest hour or during your most joyful moments. Regardless, this album will make sense to you.

This Saturday, Cloud Nothings will take the 9:30 stage. If at some point in your life you have gone through a time of suffering, take the night off, and let someone speak the words you have been trying to admit to yourself. They are one of the most honest and talented bands existing today, and they will make your heart feel complete again (after tearing it apart.)
-Katie Cheyne
See Cloud Nothings at 9:30 Club this Saturday, October 4!

SHOW PREVIEW: Cloud Nothings at 9:30 Club

There isn’t a word strong enough to portray Cloud Nothings. What began as Dylan Baldi’s solo project in the basement of his parents’ house, has developed into something that every young adult in their twenties or thirties can submerse their soul into.

Turning On signifies the start of it all. There is a sense of honesty and genuineness that effortlessly streams through Dylan’s mouth with every word he sings. The production of the album is of a much lower quality than the three that follow, but it is more suiting to the band’s style. The grittiness and lo-fi characteristics that swarm Dylan’s vocals makes for thirteen tracks that create the meaning of realism. “You Are Opening” is an unbelievable track, and one that is underrated within the Cloud Nothings discography. From beginning to end, the musicality is so on point, it’s hard to fathom. The simple, repetitive bass kicks it off, which is quickly layered with a twangy guitar melody and Dylan groaning. One of the most beautiful qualities of his vocal style is how he can turn a simple sound into something painful and raw. As he repeatedly sings, “I don’t care why, I don’t care why you are opening,” he instills that suffering into his listeners.

There was a large jump in the journey between Turning On and the self-titled. Their sophomore album inherits more of punk-pop vibe, filled with energetic and insightful tracks. “Understand At All” is the album opener. While it has some pessimistic undertones, it is relatively upbeat. Everything after it slowly becomes deeper and darker. This will not hit you until the lyrical guitar line opens “Forget You All The Time,” debatably one of the best songs Dylan Baldi has ever written. (However, I am a bit biased; I credit this track with getting me through more obstacles than any other piece of music that has been a part of my life.) It’s hard to pick a favorite track on the album, because one after another will steal your heart away. 

Attack On Memory is the album that catapulted Cloud Nothings’ career, and developed their current musicality. By this point, the band has blossomed into a three-piece band with TJ Duke shredding the bass, and Jayson Gerycz on the drums. “No Future/No Past” could quite possibly be the most emotional start to any album; with all three members playing together, the timing of the instrumentation is impeccable from the haunting piano in the beginning up until the last time Dylan screams “No future, no past.” This transitions into another upper - th nine-minute ode to maturity, “Wasted Days.” The whole song revolves around the chorus, “I thought I would be more than this.” When the band performs it live, it’s a spiritual experience. Being in a room with hundreds of people all screaming that line, with sweat streaming down their face, can cause an out-of-body experience. “Fall In” will show you just how remarkable this band is.

There comes a point in our lives when we have absolutely no idea what we’re doing. There aren’t any signs pointing us in the direction that we should be headed; instead we have to some how figure it out on our own. At times it is excruciatingly painful, but thankfully there are moments of sheer clarity where everything falls exactly into place. Here and Nowhere Else embodies this feeling to perfection. Silencing any doubts, the album picks up right where Attack On Memory left off, blessing the world with another near-perfect album.

“Now Hear In” makes this obvious right from the beginning. Beautiful, reverbed guitar-goodness opens the track. As the song gradually gains speed and Baldi’s vocals edge closer and closer to his unmistakable scream, the drums suddenly cut out leaving us with, “We’re moving closer to the sun, I feel there’s nothing left to say. A simple life can be so strange.” This is what makes Cloud Nothings’ music so enjoyable: their ability to move and play together, one rising as the others fall. They are truly musical geniuses. The chorus of “Quieter Today” is one of the best the band has written. There is a brief pause right before the chorus begins jolting the melody to a slower tempo, which gradually returns to its original speed.

The emotion is exploding out of all eight tracks on the album and it will absorb you, as evident in “Giving Into Seeing” as Baldi repetitively screams “swallow.” Some may feel indifferent about his vocals, but the screaming is actually tasteful and serves as an extension of his emotions. Something could be said about every song on the album; each one is as important as the next with the first single of the album, “I’m Not Part Of Me,” serving as the perfect conclusion. You can listen to this album in your darkest hour or during your most joyful moments. Regardless, this album will make sense to you.

This Saturday, Cloud Nothings will take the 9:30 stage. If at some point in your life you have gone through a time of suffering, take the night off, and let someone speak the words you have been trying to admit to yourself. They are one of the most honest and talented bands existing today, and they will make your heart feel complete again (after tearing it apart.)

-Katie Cheyne

See Cloud Nothings at 9:30 Club this Saturday, October 4!