The band CLOUD are an enigma, a mystery. Their origins seemingly prehistoric, lost in the annals of time.
Born in Brighton, Cloud have been reinventing Krautrock for a 21st century austerity England. Their live shows are rare but the stuff of legend, a barrage of intense, rhythmic, electric and psychedelic rock’n’roll.
The band’s membership is ever changing but with a few core members whose names are often elusive but rumoured to include Scott Power (g), Mikey Rawlings (b), Alex White (d), Matt Benzi and Pete Mason (synths).
And now we have an album.
Six songs, each between seven and ten minutes long. Mainly instrumental with big violent riffs, like the stormy opener ‘Big Clock’. Some mournful and evocative with haunting vocals, like second track ‘Spirit’ featuring Dave Ringland. There’s the awesome power beat of third track ‘Houston Tx’. The modern disco assault of ‘Proton’ follows, then the Joy Division-esque grandeur of ‘Minor Age’ (with more Ringland vocals, in a gothic lovers duel with Bryony Bird) and finally the murderous punchingly drunkenly repetitive ‘A.C.D.’ It’s excellent stuff. Switch it on and lose yourself in the void.
The CLOUD album is available now from their bandcamp site https://cloudcamp.bandcamp.com/
On Saturday August 1st, CLOUD will play their hearts out at the free album launch gig at the Green Door Store CLOUD gig. Pretty unmissable really.
Photograph by Southcoasting photography