Cleveland, Ohio’s indie/punk rock outfit, Cloud Nothings, brought their current midwest/northeast tour to Bushwick (yes, contrary to what you might have heard at the show, Elsewhere is in Bushwick, NOT Ridgewood) on Saturday night and as anyone who follows the band would expect, it was a night filled with loud guitars, pulsating bass and pounding drums.
Led by guitarist and lead vocalist, Dylan Baldi, Cloud Nothings played an hour long set dominated with songs ranging from Attack On Memory’s “Fall In,” “Wasted Days,” and “Stay Useless,” to selections from all three of their pandemic LPs. Yes you read that correctly, THREE releases during pandemic. And that’s not even counting the monthly set of four tracks that the band has been sending out to their Patreon subscribers. Two of the three releases, Life Is Only One Event and Black Hole Understands were Bandcamp exclusives; The third release, The Shadow I Remember, which was released back in February on Carpark Records, is available on Spotify. Not surprisingly the bulk of the set was composed of songs from this latest release, with the band ripping into new songs such as “Oslo,” “Only Light,” and “The Room It Was.” Baldi, lead guitarist Chris Brown, bassist TJ Duke and drummer Jason Gerycz had the crowd moshing and singing along like these were classics that they’ve been rocking out to for years instead of mere months since their release.
And speaking of Jason Gerycz, while Cloud Nothings is clearly Dylan Baldi’s band, I was absolutely fixated throughout the show watching Gerycz and what he was able to accomplish behind his drum kit. While this is not meant as any kind of insult to any of the other band members, but I’m not sure if Cloud Nothings would be the Cloud Nothings without Jason’s incessant pounding of the skins to guide the way.
The band ended up finishing off the night (there was no encore, despite the crowd relentlessly screaming for “ONE MORE” long after the house lights went up) with their show stopping staple, “Wasted Days.” For the finale they brought out the guitarist of opening band, Manus (who I unfortunately missed), to add a little more guitar bravado to what is always an opus to guitar heaviness to begin with. The crowd filled room ate it up to no end with the sea of bodies flowing back and forth like the waves of the ocean during high tide.
I doubt anyone left Elsewhere on Saturday disappointed. Hopefully the band will make their way back to these parts after they conclude this current tour which will take them to the south and west before they head over to Europe early next year.
Scroll down to see more pics from the show (photos by Ray Rusinak)