Cloud Control @ Rough Trade East 30th May 2011

For those that don’t know Cloud Control hail from the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. This Indie Rock band consist of Alister Wright, Jeremy Kelshaw and siblings Heidi and Ulrich Lenffer. This was the bands second ever instore. I was at the first which took place at Banquet Records and I left that evening really impressed with what I had just witnessed. Rough Trade East played as the host this evening. Tons of top notch bands and artists have played at this record store. So I get there around 3.40pm. The actual gig didn’t start till 6pm but with it being wristband only you don’t really want to risk it. I then purchased a copy of the 12″ version of Bliss Release then had a browse around the store. By the time 5pm came everyone was asked to leave the store because the band were about to have their soundcheck. At this time I was already outside and the weather was atrocious. The doors then opened at 5.50pm and thankfully my hair was not dripping wet.

The time can then the lights went off and the band took to the stage. “How you doing” Heidi said to the audience before thanking everyone for coming. There was then some trouble with the amp but it wasn’t long until the launched into the first song of the night and this being Meditation Song #2 (Why, Oh Why). This song is actually really infectious and there was a summer feel to it. This Is What I Said followed straight after and this being the current single. The song itself was played at a fast pace and the harmonising was spot on. It was then onto the powerful Death Cloud. The harmonising was once again spot on. “That song’s off our album” Alister told the audience before introducing the next song Gold Canary. There is a beat to this song plus there is a strong folk vibe. Excluding the singles that have been release from this album I would have to say Gold Canary is the showpiece of debut album Bliss Release. “Thankyou” a humble Heidi said before launching into Meditation Song #2 B Side Into The Line. This was a fantastic song which and it sounded slightly dark. After plenty of applause it was then onto the penultimate song of the night this being the extremely infectious There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight. The song was simply amazing and I was completely blown away by it. Heidi’s backing vocals are sublime, and the chorus is ever so mesmerising. Who is Mother Ganga though? Once the song was over Heidi said her thankyous to Rough Trade and the fans for being so supportive. The final song on the night was Ghost Story. There is one line that sums the song up “I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.”The song ended what was one amazing instore. Bliss Release is one incredible album and it’s so nice having it on 12″ vinyl. Actually it was the first time the band had seen the vinyl on shelves.

SET LIST

Meditation Song #2 (Why, Oh Why)
This Is What I Said
Death Cloud
Gold Canary
Into The Line
There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight
Ghost Story

OVERALL: This instore was fantastic and the fact the set consisted of 7 songs was amazing. This time the set was not stripped back it was a full on band set. Bliss Release is one incredible album, it feels so warm and it is the perfect album for the summer. After the band had finished the last song they stuck around and signed copies of Bliss Release. I look forward to seeing them again during their 4 week residency at The Social.

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