On Tuesday February 28th Cloud Nothings concluded their Australia tour at The Zoo to an excited Brisbane crowd. It's been four long years since the American Indie-Rock outfit were in Australia. They were back on our shores this time in support of their latest album 'Life Without Sound'.
The evening was opened by Electric Zebra that wowed the crowd with a set of big riffs and powerful chorus's reminiscent of Violent Soho. Funnily enough, members of the popular Aussie Rock band were in attendance. The second support, Bugs, followed with a more 'Pop Punk' style set, but grabbed the attention of the crowd in anticipation for the international headliners.
As it grew later into the evening, the Ohio rockers finally took to the stage to finish the last leg of their Australian shows with a bang. They almost seemed slightly worn out with their opening tracks 'Now Hear In' and 'Modern Act', with more issue with liveliness from the band rather than quality of sound. That all changed with 'Stay Useless' as the brand introduced more energy into their performance, making energy from the crowd follow. That hype continued throughout the set as they played older tunes such as 'Psychic Trauma', 'Pattern Walks' and 'I'm Not Part Of Me'. These were mixed with newer songs 'Enter Entirely' and 'Realize My Fate', which received a great response from the audience.
They're a band of very few words with front man Dylan Baldi rarely interacting with the crowd, practically never stopping the music throughout the entire set. It was impressive that the drummer Jayson Gerycz could bang away on his kit for such a long period of time without a break, obviously solidifying his position as driving force of the band, guiding them through the many fluctuating tempo changes throughout the songs. They quickly arrived at the end of their set with crowd favourites 'Fall In' and 'Wasted Days', jamming heavily to the intricate outro of the eight-minute masterpiece which ended with piercing guitar feedback.
It was an overall incredible experience having Cloud Nothings back on our shores with their presence well received by a devoted room full of Brisbane fanatics, with most of the crowd finding a space in the mosh pit to be as close to the band as possible. The US rockers put on an awesome show to wrap up their Australian tour and once again grace us with their indicative Indie-Rock style.
Review by Christian Kafritsas.