Cloud Control (formed 2007)
Cloud Control is an Australian rock band whose current members are Alister Wright, Heidi Lenffer and Ulrich Lenffer.
Formation: Cloud Control formed in Blue Mountains with the members originally joined by bassist Jeremy Kelshaw. They first met during a rehearsal for the comic opera 'The Pirates of Penzance' and subsequently won a 'Battle of the Bands' contest.
Musical career: In 2008, Cloud Control released their self-titled debut EP which included the single 'Death Cloud'; a song which received much airplay. They unveiled their debut album 'Bliss Release', produced by Liam Judson, in 2010 which featured the singles 'Gold Canary' and 'There's Nothing in the Water We Can't Fight'. Album two, 'Dream Cove', came out in 2013 and in 2015, Jeremy left the band. Throughout their career, the band has supported the likes of Supergrass, Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend, and even Foo Fighters at their flood relief concert in Brisbane. (Written by Contactmusic)
The opening track to Bliss Release starts with a low synth drone that instantly, knowing the Australian origins of Cloud Control, brings to mind the drone of a didgeridoo; this is then joined by folky acoustic guitar, and the combined vocals of Alister Wright and Heidi Lenffer sound clear. To start with, it's all a laid back gentle folk vibe a la Mumford and their contemporaries, but then the full band sound forces in with fuzzy guitars and percussion giving a much stronger flavour of the likes of Guillemots and Vampire Weekend; a force which pauses briefly for an organ interception before continuing to the tracks' close flanked by a pounding bass drum and tambourine stomp. Opening track 'Meditation Song #2 (Why, Oh Why)' then segues into 'There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight' which is led by a funky bass riff beneath layers of delayed guitars akin to Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend, to whom the Cloud Control sound has a similar, upbeat, eclectic and fun kind of feel complete with stomping choruses.
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