Posted in music | tour dates on July 13, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Cloud Nothings at 285 Kent - 7/12/12
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings came to NYC this past week for an opening slot on the four band bill at Summerstage last Saturday (7/7), which was part of CBGB festival. Their set at Summerstage was great, but it was early, plagued by an amp malfunction, and only 5 songs long. So lucky for NYC fans, the Cleveland band hung around and played 'Fallon' last night (video below) and a sold out show at 285 Kent with DIIV.

I'll admit, I wasn't fully sold on DIIV before last night so I wasn't totally sure what to expect, as I had somehow missed all 1253 of the band's shows from the last 12 months. From the sound of their debut LP, Oshin, I was thinking it'd be a pretty calm show, but shame on me for being so judgmental because it was actually kind of nuts. The band and crowd both looked like they were having a great time, DIIV thrashed around on stage a bunch and there were actually attempts at moshing and stage diving (even if they weren't the most successful ones). DIIV filmed their music video for "Doused" at the show during which the audience rushed the stage and half the band ended up in the crowd. Look out for that video to drop soon.

After DIIV, Cloud Nothings came on stage, kicking off their set with "Stay Useless," the same song they played on 'Fallon' last night. During the show I got punched in the face by a drunken man who either thought he was dancing or trying to share a brotherly love for the band, lost my voice and my hearing -- so you know it was a great time. The band were going all out, and you could tell they were way more in their element at 285 Kent than at the larger outdoor Central Park Summerstage. Moshing and stage diving were nonstop the whole show, as were raised fits and shoutalongs. The set included every song on 2012's venerable Attack on Memory, but no encore due to the fact that the venue had to clear out for the DJ party which started at midnight (which DIIV, Neon Indian, and others DJed at).

During "Wasted Days," frontman Dylan Baldi put his guitar on stage for the stretched out noise section, allowing rabid fans to slam on its strings as he turned knobs on his pedals and the rest of the band carried on. When the band brought things back to earth and vocals returned, Dylan was joined by a sweaty, fist pumping chorus of "I THOUGHT! I WOULD! BE MORE! THAN THIS!" where his piercing screams rival those of the post-hardcore greats that are often channelled on Attack on Memory. The whole show blurred together (in the best way possible) as the band powered through standout after standout. The interlude which they usually preface "Separation" with was replaced by a shorter, faster, and far more thunderous one. The only time that the packed 285 Kent had a chance to rest was the final track, Attack on Memory opener "No Future, No Past," but even then the whole room was joining in at the top of their lungs, eagerly anticipating the song's gradual build, until it exploded into the crashing and crude ending, and the band walked off stage.

Unfortunately we had no photographer at the show, but a couple more humble instagrams, the 'Fallon' video, and all remaining Cloud Nothings tour dates (including Pitchfork Festival) are below...

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DIIV
DIIV

Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings -- 2012 Tour Dates
Jul 14 Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago, IL
Jul 15 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY
Jul 16 Luminary Center For The Arts St Louis, MO
Jul 17 Gabe's Oasis Iowa City, IA
Jul 19 Underground Music Showcase Denver, CO
Jul 21 Bunk Bar Portland, OR
Jul 22 Capitol Hill Block Party Seattle, WA
Jul 23 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, Canada
Jul 24 The Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
Jul 28 Fuji Rock Festival Niigata, Japan
Aug 09 Way Out West Music Festival Gothenburg, Sweden
Aug 10 Øya Festival Oslo, Norway
Aug 11 Vega Copenhagen, Denmark
Aug 12 La Route du Rock St.-Malo, France
Aug 16 Pukkelpop Music Festival Hasselt, Belgium
Aug 17 Frequency Festival Sankt Pölten, Austria
Aug 19 Beacons Festival Skipton, United Kingdom
Aug 21 XOYO London, United Kingdom
Sep 01 FYF Festival Los Angeles, CA
Sep 29 Pygmalion Music Festival 2012 Champaign, IL
Nov 03 Pitchfork Music Festival Paris Paris, France

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Comments (51)

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Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:06 PM

Please stop posting show reviews unless Dave Hill wrote it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:08 PM

NAH

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:09 PM

I was hoping it would be from Dave Hill this time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:11 PM

dave hill marked a turning point in concert reviews.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:12 PM

^ Yeah, especially the punched part. Oh, and why capitalize Every Single Word In The Title?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:12 PM

Ugh. Bad attempt at trying to mimic Dave Hill's awesome concert review.

For this "review" alone, you deserved to get punched in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:13 PM

End Instagram Now

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:14 PM

Dave Hill would have posted a photo of his bruised face.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:19 PM

sounds.....pretty lame.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:21 PM

Maybe the worst thing--only maybe, but maybe--is the complete chronology of it:

"First this band came out and played this song first. Then they did this. And another song closed the set. Then the second band started with this song . . ."

Learn how to write engagingly, please.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:21 PM

Cloud nothings have such a terrible name and such douchey fans that I feel no desire to hear their music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:22 PM

Wow...has Dave Hill ever made the job harder for everyone else at BV or what.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:25 PM

people mosh at glasslands?! to cloud nothings? what the fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:25 PM

Good for you!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:28 PM

You really do deserve to be punched in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:31 PM

" I wasn't fully sold on _____ before last night so I wasn't totally sure what to expect, "

any review

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:32 PM

you sir are no dave hill

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:33 PM

both bands were good last night.

that said, the sound was fucked. the left PA was going in and out for cloud nothings whole set. they never were able to fix it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:35 PM

Can we each pay $20 to punch you in the face?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:37 PM

What time code does Cloud Nothing's appearance start on that Hulu link. All I'm seeing is fucked up ads you can't skip and Queen Latifah's interview and unfunny sketch.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:38 PM

OK...Andrew is no Dave Hill. But let's have a little mercy please before we accidentally get the guy fired.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:39 PM

I LOVE MY CLOUDIES BOYS FOREVER

Posted by G | July 13, 2012 1:42 PM

Dave Hill is the kind of guy who does the punching, dig?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:42 PM

^ ok, fine. It's not Andrew's fault. It's his editor's fault for running this right now. Let's all punch him/her in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:42 PM

Has the NYC Fire Dept ever visited 285 Kent?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:48 PM

^ i wonder that every time i go inside that death trap

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:51 PM

At Cloud Nothings show, chilling, watching guy dancing, dancing guy smashes dude in face, read about it here, feel important

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:51 PM

I got kick...I got kick in...I got kicked in the head at the Stone Pony!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 2:04 PM

Dave Hill > this toolbag. DH would title it "Fuck Yes I Got Punched in the Face at an Emo Show!". Then he'd proceed to punch the emo-hipster and knock him out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 2:21 PM

Stop Capitalizing Every Word You Write You Look Like A Douche And Its Bad Grammar.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 2:22 PM

Looks like you trendies have a new "hero" you can fellate now. I guess Dan Deacon or Bradford Cox wasn't showing you enough attention anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 2:22 PM

This was a good show but I wish I was the one that punched this turd in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 2:26 PM

DIIV suck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 2:26 PM

It's just as easy to deride someone anonymously as it is to worship someone anonymously, I guess. Anonymity makes it slip automatically to either extreme.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 2:36 PM

Dave hill will eat an entire hummus platter in one sitting.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 2:46 PM

2:36 - That's really heavy. You should be teaching somewhere. I must go re-examine my life.

Posted by i will no longer be anonymous | July 13, 2012 2:51 PM

jesus, andrew, youre awesome, nice article, fuck every commentator, dave hill is over rated, i couldnt read his article, nor do i give any fucks

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 2:58 PM

2:36 Thanks Aristotle

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 3:00 PM

Does anyone know what time "Anonymity Makes It Slip Automatically To Either Extreme" (AMISATEE for those in the know) goes on tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 3:12 PM

@1.48 @1.51 - I wouldn't go see a Great White show there, that's for damn sure.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 3:35 PM

Yeah how would they fit a huge shark in that tiny place with all those people, lol

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 4:38 PM

"Has the NYC Fire Dept ever visited 285 Kent?"

This question has crossed my mind every single time I have been there as well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 5:09 PM

What time code does Cloud Nothing's appearance start on that Hulu link. All I'm seeing is fucked up ads you can't skip and Queen Latifah's interview and unfunny sketch.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:38 PM

Just wait for some more completely unfunny rambling by fallon, some fallon bank commercials,
and then you will maybe see the shitty band while some 17 year old flunkies dance behind the band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 6:07 PM

i once boned jermey lin in the men's room at 285 kent

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 11:48 PM

How come no one is calling out the Cloud Nothings singer on his blatant Kurt Cobain vocals rip-off?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2012 10:09 AM

^ because most of us couldn't give enough of a shit about them to listen to more than 10 seconds of a song... so we don't really know.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2012 4:33 PM

"dave hill marked a turning point in concert reviews."

+1

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2012 5:46 PM

nice really it is.

Posted by jordon | July 26, 2013 8:07 PM

truly remarkable for all the fans.

Posted by vue 8 | October 25, 2013 12:21 PM

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