Cloud Nothings – Live @ the Grog Shop (Free 5 Track EP)

Cloud Nothings‘ latest album Attack On Memory has been on of one of the best records of 2012, personally speaking of course. It is a heavyweight and rather muscular record of post-rock, indie, post-punk and pure unadulterated noise. Not quite first thing in the morning material but a terrific album nonetheless. 

The band are offering a free download of five songs recorded live on April 5 at the Grog Shop, a venue in the band’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Just pop over to Pitchfork enter your email address to grab your free copy of Live @ the Grog Shop. It really is fantastic and captures the sound and energy of a band on top of their game, and the essence of why they’ve won me over this year.

The full Grog Shop performance will be released on vinyl-only on July 30th through Wichita and is limited to just 500 copies.

(Video) Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless

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Cloud Nothings released one of the albums of the year so far, the must-listen Attack On Memory

Taken from said album, ‘Stay Useless’ is a short, sharp blast scuzzy post-punk indie. It is released with this surreal animated video to coincided with their massive tour across Europe. Unfortunately there’s no Irish date but maybe that will change, I certainly hope so.

Cloud Nothings – ‘Attack On Memory’

There has been rather a lot of discussion about the current state and future of Indie-rock. Many critics too, have been quick to proclaim it’s death, as has the slew of half-arsed middle of the road bands claiming they are destined to save this undoubtedly ailing genre.

Of course, talk is cheap. Rather than chase cheap headlines Ohio’s Cloud Nothings have gone about things the right way, making an album which will go along way to breathe life into the moribund genre. Teaming up with producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers and PJ Harvey), Attack On Memory is heavyweight and rather muscular record which does just that.

It is a short, sharp shock to the system, the proverbial kick in the bollocks if you like, taking in post-rock, indie, post-punk and pure unadulterated noise. Interspersed with bursts of scuzzy powerful indie we are exposed to a barreling barrage of loud, pounding drums, raw guitars and a Dylan Baldi sounding like a young Jake Burns. The high points are many; the sensational instrumental thrash number ‘Separation’ or the raspy ‘Fall In’ and ‘Our Plans’ for instance. ‘Wasted Days’ is, however, undoubtedly the highpoint, a nine-minute masterpiece filled with pure adrenalin fueled energy and riffs.

Attack On Memory may not be purely an indie-rock record but it is an absolute revelation, a terrific album and one of the first must-listen to records of 2012.

Download: Cloud Nothings – No Sentiment

Cloud Nothings – Wasted Days via tiaogocristovao

Download: Cloud Nothings – No Future / No Past