Is anybody more than eighteen?

You’d be forgiven if it had passed you by, but there’s a bit of a forest fire sweeping through the tinder dry corners of the Internet. It’s a sort of a fuzzy teenage forest fire (if that’s not stretching an already ill-advised metaphor beyond breaking point…), but the fact is that across the ether Gentleman Who Blog are getting a little hot under the collar about a group of teenagers from Ohio who are kicking up a bit of a fuss.

Cloud Nothings

It’s four teenagers from Cleveland to be precise and they call themselves Cloud Nothings, although the name does little to prepare you for the fuzzed up, distortion-heavy sound that fronts up to you from the off. It’s spirited stuff, to be sure; lots of trebly guitars, lumbering bass-lines and wilfully muffled vocals, that have got Bloggers (GWB) reaching for the volume and tossing around words like “lo-fi”, “snotty” and “surf-pop”.

I love it too I should say, and certainly first impressions are of a pretty punchy, basic sound,  but there’s actually a fair bit more to 18-year-old band leader, Dylan Baldi’s songwriting. For every hearty thrasher like “Can’t Stay Awake” there’s a slower, more thoughtful one like “Turning On” that has a bashful charm of its own.

In contrast to the wilful obscurity of H Hawkline, Cloud Nothings are all over the Internet, Youtube vids and freeby mp3s all over the place. Good lads.

Here are the two sides of Cloud Nothings. First at their brash, callow best, playing out in the street:

And secondly, in lighter, catchier mood inside:

There’s also a rather fine session available for free from Daytrotter, which I recommend but to be honest there’s quite a few downloads you can pick up around the Internet, I’ll let you do the googling…

If you want to buy anything by Cloud Nothings, Wichita Recordings have just released a collection of singles and EPs which is terrific, and will tide you through to until there’s a proper LP release next year.

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