Cloud Nothings Cloud Nothings

w/ Hurry + Home Blitz

Thu May 9th, 2024


Main Space

Minimum Age: All Ages

Doors Open: 7:30PM

Show Time: 8:30PM

Event Ticket: $24

Day of Show: $28

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Proof of vax is NOT required for this event

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Cloud Nothings

Some bands never miss. This rare breed consistently puts out great records every couple years, avoiding the lengthy hiatuses or egregious sonic missteps that often come with achieving longevity. It’s an often unsung reliability, as few realize how truly remarkable it is to put art into the world at this rate without letting the quality slip. For nearly 15 years, Cloud Nothings have continued to hit the target, steadily becoming a part of the fabric of modern indie rock as we know it with a run of fantastic albums. This streak continues unabated with their latest full-length, Final Summer–an album that’s so assured, so instantly satisfying, that it forces you to pause and realize you’re listening to one of the great American rock bands in their prime.

Formed in 2009 by guitarist/vocalist Dylan Baldi, Cloud Nothings evolved over the years from a one-man lo-fi project into a finely tuned unit also composed of drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist Chris Brown. Cloud Nothings, over so many years and so many records (nine or ten “depending on how you look at it,” laughs Baldi), have existed long enough to witness all sorts of musical moments come and go, but the secret to their endurance isn’t about savvily navigating trends. “We’ve just never felt inclined to stop,” Baldi explains. “It’s not like this makes us millions of dollars, but it’s a great gig, it’s what we love to do.” Gerycz adds, “It’s just still so fun every time we do it, every time we go get in the basement and start writing.”

And it shows. Recorded with Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, Torres, Purling Hiss), mixed by Sarah Tudzin (Porches, Tim Hiedecker, Pom Pom Squad), and mastered by Jack Callahan (Ryley Walker, Merchandise, Wolf Eyes), Final Summer is bursting with the unbridled joy that only comes from playing guitars and drums loudly. This is not the work of a scrappy new band cramming all of their ideas into a debut album or grizzled veterans grinding through another release: it’s one of the tightest and most invigorating rock bands active today, driven to make the best version of themselves. “I just like making things,” says Baldi. “I love having something that I’ve made by the end of the day, even if it’s just one song. It’s like proof that my day happened. I’m just always trying to refine the thing we do, which is to make songs that take you from one place to another.”

Very few bands take listeners on that kind of journey within a hooky rock song as effectively as Cloud Nothings, and the album’s opening title track proves exactly why. A wash of crackling synths sets the scene before the band roars to life with a cutting riff and Gerycz’s driving beat. From there, it’s layer after layer of interlocking melodies and guitar lines, all rising action while Baldi lays out the album’s overarching lyrical ideas. “It’s about feeling alright in the moment,” Baldi says. “A lot of these songs sort of ended up being about getting by or trying to keep improving despite everything.”

His lyrics often take on a mantra-like quality, using repetition and a one-of-a-kind delivery to dig something deeper out of observations about the mundane or frustrating parts of life. On early Final Summer standout “I’d Get Along,” Baldi repeats “if something would happen with me…” over and over, each time adding to the tension before the track’s truly massive chorus explodes with a cacophony of fuzzed-out guitars and a howling “I’d get along.” Throughout the record, Cloud Nothings strike their trademark balance of inventiveness and accessibility, with every track full of hooks but also the kinds of details and twists that reward repeat listens. “The Golden Halo” feels like a two-minute-long chorus, hook after hook careening forward with a motorik beat and ever-growing sea of voices, while elsewhere songs like “Mouse Policy” or “Running Through The Campus” take very literal ideas and spin them into something else through walls of thick bass and thunderous distortion.

On Final Summer closer “Common Mistake,” Baldi sings, “This is your life, it’s a common mistake. We’ll be alright, just give more than you take.” It’s the kind of deceptively direct lyric that he excels at, a clear and real sentiment filtered through a melody that’s stuck in your head before the end of the first chorus. The line could almost be an accidental mission statement for the band itself: a group that creates with a workman-like commitment, providing listeners with something authentic and artful at an unflinching pace. Cloud Nothings don’t miss, and you won’t want to miss them either.

Home Blitz

The name given to the recording project of New Jersey’s Daniel DiMaggio, Home Blitz released its first recorded work — the 7″ three-song EP Live Outside — in 2006. While DiMaggio is — unquestionably — the leader of Home Blitz, other musicians did add their support to the project, which was a lo-fi exploration of stripped-down pop. In 2007, through the label Gulcher, Home Blitz returned with a full-length affair, a 17-track CD entitled — simply — Home Blitz.


Based in Philadelphia, Hurry fuses the melancholic jangle and tunefulness of classic power pop with a fuzzy, ’90s-inspired indie rock aesthetic. The project of former Everyone Everywhere member Matthew Scottoline, Hurry grew quickly from a solo endeavor to a proper band over their first two releases. Later albums like 2018’s Every Little Thought, 2021’s Fake Ideas, and 2023’s Don’t Look Back veered toward warm harmonies and downcast melodic rock.

As the bassist in the Philadelphia band Everyone Everywhere, Matthew Scottoline didn’t get much chance to sing or write songs. Instead, he spent his free time writing and recording songs on his own, delving further into power pop and ’90s guitar rock than his main band ever did. He named the project Hurry and it kept his creative energy flowing over the decade he had in the band. In 2012, he released an eight-song self-titled record under the Hurry name, playing all the instruments himself. When Everyone Everywhere began to cut back on their schedule in the early 2010s, Scottoline decided to form an actual band, recruiting drummer Rob DeCarolis and a rotating cadre of friends on bass to play live shows. The lineup solidified around DeCarolis on drums and his brother Joe on bass, and they recorded their first album as a band. Everything/Nothing was released in late 2014 by Hot Green Records. They showed up next on Lame-O Records’ six-band EP Strength in Weakness, contributing the song “Shake It Off,” before heading out on tour later in the year with fellow ’90s revivalists Yuck. Hurry stuck with Lame-O for their next album, Guided Meditation, which came out in April of 2016.

Where the band’s first two releases focused more on fuzzed-out, ’90s-driven indie rock, 2018’s Every Little Thought emphasized Scottoline’s more melodic power pop sensibilities. The warm harmonies and tunefully downcast songwriting style continued on Fake Ideas, Hurry’s fourth full-length. Released in June 2021, the album was a fusion of love songs and explorations of anxiety. The album was released while the world was struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, and shortly after it was delivered to fans, Scottoline found himself dealing with the emotional aftermath of the end of an 11-year romantic relationship. The experience informed his songwriting for the next Hurry album, 2023’s Don’t Look Back, another collection of sweetly overcast indie pop. ~ Tim Sendra & Mark Deming, Rovi

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