Cloud Control @ The Social 14th June 2011

This was night 1 of The Aviary concert series. Cloud Control had a 4 week residency of The Social and each had top class bands supporting this Australian quartet. The band hail from the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia are the style of music is Indie Rock. Cloud Control  consist of Alister Wright, Jeremy Kelshaw and siblings Heidi and Ulrich Lenffer. Doors opened at 7.30pm and the first band was on 30 minutes later. I was the first one in the basement venue and could pick out the spot where I would remain for the rest of the night at ease. The first band was built as a special guest and this was to be Plant Plants whom I do see a rosey future for. They were then followed by Cymbals a hour later and they sounded amazing.

It was 10pm when the band crammed onto the tiny stage to plenty of applause. “You can come alot closer if you want” Jeremy said to the audience before they launched themselves into the current single this being Meditation Song #2 (Why, Oh Why). This song is extremely infectious and I especially like the chorus to this song. There is definately a summer vibe to this song. So after plenty of applause it was then into the light sounding That Is What I Said. This song very uptempo and the harmonising was faultless. From this song you can pick up on a folk vibe. In fact the image of Noah and the Whale sprung to mind. “Thankyou” Alister said to the audience before going straight into Death Cloud. The harmonising came into play and this was a really powerful song. They were actually selling Death Cloud cocktails at the bar towards the back of the venue. The Rolling Stone was up next and I had never heard this song live before. There was no banter they just played the song straight away. The song was actually gentle and mellowing at the same time. It was then into Gold Canary which was delivered perfectly. Again harmonising came into play and there is a folk vibe to this upbeat song. I would go as far to say that this is the centre piece of the debut album Bliss Release (excluding the singles of course). “Thankyou very much” Alister said before thanking Cymbals and Plant Plants for playing. It was then onto the Meditation Song #2 B Side this being Into The Line. In fact the song appeared on the self title EP. This song was amazing and it sounded slightly dark. The penultimate song of the night this being the extremely infectious There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight and this was infused to the ending of Into The Line. The song was simply amazing and I was completely blown away by it. Heidi’s backing vocals are excellent and the chorus is really mesmerising. The night ended with Ghost Story. There is one line that sums the song up “I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up”. This isn’t a dark song it is rather energetic and Jeremy basically destroyed his drumsticks after hitting them on a case with such force.

SET LIST

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

OVERALL: There was no encore but what ended the night was a Pinata and a sing along of Happy Birthday as it was the label managers birthday. Still this night was fantastic and there was plenty of passion and energy put into the songs. Even though this set was short it satisfied my need to hear decent music. I’m looking forward to the 2nd night.

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