Cloud Nothings are a force of nature

Written by Scott Mervis on .

CloudSome other things came up in the past week or so -- like finally getting away after the crazy summer concert season -- so I never posted anything about the Cloud Nothings show at the Pitt Student Union from Sept. 26.

Wanted to share some thoughts on it before it got ridiculously stale because this one has a good shot at cracking the Top 10 concert list:

-- First of all, kudos to the WPTS (92.1 FM) for bringing in one of the better indie-rock bands on the circuit right now. It reminded me of seeing the likes of Violent Femmes and the Psychedelic Furs back in the day when I went to Pitt. This was also comparable to 'PTS doing No Age there in 2012.

-- Kudos to Cleveland for producing a band that is this much of a force on stage. I realize that two guys can make a lot of noise (No Age being a perfect example), but at times it was hard to believe it was only three producing this wall of sound. Much of it had to do with Dylan Baldi's guitar thrash, but, my goodness, the intensity, speed and precision of drummer Jayson Gerycz. He blew away most of the drummers I've seen this year, and bassist TJ Duke is no slouch either. This is tight, fierce power trio.

-- Led by Baldi, an introverted yet stormy frontman, Cloud Nothings managed to find a great middle ground between classic '80s post-punk/noise bands Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and the Replacements. If you cherish those bands, you owe it to yourself to check them out.

-- Cloud Nothings did a big chunk of the new album, "Here and Nowhere Else" ("I'm Not Part of Me" and "Now Hear In" being among the highlights), but the killer songs still came from 2012's "Attack on Memory," with the bratty "Stay Useless," dirgy "No Future/No Past" and explosive closer "Wasted Days."

-- It's a shame the crowd took up only about one-third of the ballroom ... but, you know, no alcohol to be had there. Cloud Nothings don't seem like the perfect fit for stage-divers, given Baldi's more indie aesthetic and internal/mopey songwriting, but it didn't stop people. Neither did the fact that there weren't many people to catch them. Hope no one got hurt in the pit, but it would be a miracle if there weren't a few bumps and bruises. Hopefully, this band can rise to Stage AE level at some point, with more bodies below the stage.

Here is the set list:

Now Hear In

Stay Useless 

Psychic Trauma 

Fall In 


Pattern Walks

Quieter Today 

No Future/No Past 

Giving Into Seeing 

Cut You 

I'm Not Part of Me 

Wasted Days


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