THIS GIG HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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“Due to the precarious nature of touring in the wake of Omicron, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming UK/EU tour. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets; we look forward to seeing you some time in the future. Refunds are available from the point of purchase.”
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MCD proudly presents
Sat 26th Mar 2022
Whelan’s main venue
Prolific Cleveland indie rock outfit Cloud Nothings return with new album, The Black Hole Understands, the latest in their extensive and celebrated discography.
Written and recorded during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Black Hole Understands is “a record born of this early quarantine anxiety and confusion,” according to vocalist/guitarist Dylan Baldi.
About a month into quarantine, Baldi and drummer Jayson Gerycz started sending files back and forth, with guitars, bass and vocals tracked in Philadelphia and drums and mixing undertaken in Cleveland. This remote recording process presented a new set of restrictions for Cloud Nothings, completely removing the element of interactive jamming and tightening the production around a set of streamlined summer pop songs.
Every Cloud Nothings record, from their 2010 debut Turning On through to 2014’s Attack On Memory and 2018’s Last Building Burning, has had its own distinct feel. But The Black Hole Understands eschews the noisy thrash and improv tendencies that emerged on later albums, in favor of dreamy, poppy vocals that float over fast, jangly songs.
With clean hooks and uncluttered arrangements (a synth overdub from Bee Mask’s Chris Madak is the album’s only guest feature), the songs on The Black Hole Understands are the kind of concise, hook-heavy blasts the band was churning out in their earliest days, albeit a little more distant and weary.
Hyper-melodic and high-energy, The Black Hole Understands also shows a restraint that fits with the strange times that it was born of, carrying a sense of melancholy and cautious optimism that mirrors the restless dread of life on lockdown.
“Despite being recorded in an era of unthinkable instability, it is the most assuredly melodic Cloud Nothings has sounded in years.” – Pitchfork, 7.5/10
“It’s angry enough to give you something to blow off steam to while stuck at home and also hooky enough to distract you from any of your quarantine related depression.” – Northern Transmissions, 8.0/10
“Though much of lockdown has felt like the walls are closing in, the joyous ‘The Black Hole Understands’ sees Cloud Nothings help us feel like we can bust right through them into a brighter future.” – NME, ★★★★☆
“easygoing with an undercurrent of nihilistic melancholy.” – Exclaim, 7/10
€16 available online from Whelan’s
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