Steve Albini likes to think of himself as a “Hands-Off” type of producer, preferring the title engineer. Still, it’s difficult to listen to the Cloud Nothing’s “No Future/No Past,” the first track released from their second album due out this January, and not cite his work with bands like The Pixies, Mclusky, or even The Jesus Lizard as a direct influence on this track. To be clear, this is not the sweet ‘n’ innocent, lo-fi pop that first got Dylan Baldi and his band-mates noticed in Cleveland and across the states. No, this is noise rock in the soft/loud/soft style of the ’90s with an elastic bass line like one Kim Deal would have laid down on Surfer Rosa and a pointed howl that’s too Frank Black not to drop his name, too. Whether “No Future/No Past” is an indication of what we can expect once the album drops is anyone’s guess. And, that’s the point, isn’t it? Baldi, with a hand from Albini, has completely rewritten all expectations of his band.
- August 25, 2015
If musicians were subject to rules of an NFL-style draft, Royal Headache's vocalist, a man who goes by the name Shogun, would be a first round pick. His voice has the wear of a life that hasn't always been an easy one to live. He's got soul. He's got effortless range. If he came in the age in the late '60s he could have fronted the Faces. In the '70s it would have been The Nerves or The Jam. And, if he came of age in the '80s, and really, really liked his booze, he could slide right into an outfit like the Replacements. In the grunge era, he would have sung like he had marbles in his mouth. Let's be glad Shogun is not active in 1995, but in 2015, where he sounds right at home in this scrappy four-piece, garage band from Sydney. Read More