In chatting with Rolling Stone, Dylan Baldi of Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings described the band’s latest single, “Stay Useless, as “My attempt at making a catchy pop song that was better than any other pop song I’ve written.”  Consider it the band’s way of giving one last nod to their lo-fi pop beginnings before venturing in new directions.

“No Future/No Past,” the first song released from their forthcoming album, Attack on Memory, certainly accomplished its task of resetting expectations when recording engineer, Steve Albini, guided the band towards a more dynamic alt-rock sound in the vein of The Pixies and The Breeders.

Similarly, spend three minutes with “Stay Useless,” and it’s difficult to argue with Baldi.  With a stronger voice, cleaner sound quality, and the type of high, arching chorus we’ve come to expect these Cleveland youngsters, it is the band’s strongest guitar pop statement to date.

MP3: Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless

Attack on Memory, the latest full length by Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings will be out January 24th on Carpark Records.