Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings

Eric Slick, Sea Of Storms

Wed, May 17, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15.00

Off Sale

This event is 18 and over

Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi, an unassuming, then 18-year-old student of song with a remarkable ear for melody. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. When an opportunity presented itself to open a small show in Brooklyn, Baldi abandoned a still-in-progress final project to be there. The gamble paid off.

In 2010, Carpark unveiled Turning On, a retrospective introduction that combined early 7? singles and the full-length debut (a limited release on cassette and vinyl) from which it took its name. The following year, Cloud Nothings made its proper Carpark debut with a thrilling self-titled LP that found Baldi in a studio for the first time, shedding the many layers of hiss and distortion that had once obscured (or enhanced) his every hook. What followed was an unexpected breakthrough, 2012’s Attack on Memory, an album that very loudly (with the help of producer Steve Albini) announced the arrival of Cloud Nothings as the sound of more than just Baldi: Caustic and cathartic, it marked the first time Baldi wrote with and for his longtime touring band, drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke and since departed guitarist Joe Boyer. While its rightly acclaimed and hastily recorded follow-up, 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else refined and expanded upon the volcanic interplay that galvanized its predecessor, it also found Baldi realizing his potential as a singer and the leader of an undeniably great rock band.

Which brings us to Life Without Sound, his most polished and outwardly reflective set of songs to date. Workshopped over the course of a year with his bandmates, it’s an album rich in both worldly insight and incandescent detail. Smart, nuanced, and immensely listenable, this is guitar-driven pop as it should be—conceived by a songwriter who continues to sound like one of the finest of his generation.
Eric Slick
Eric Slick
Eric Slick was born in 1987. He started playing drums at the ripe old age of 2. During his teenage years, he studied at the Paul Green School of Rock Music with drummer Tim Karsten. He went to University of the Arts but quickly dropped out because his hands weren't small enough to play light jazz.

He began his career in 2006 as the drummer for Frank Zappa tribute act Project/Object. Shortly thereafter, he was swooped up by guitar pioneer/King Crimson member Adrian Belew. They toured the world together with his sister Julie Slick (bass) as the Adrian Belew Power Trio. They hugged each other often. Eric left the group in 2009 to pursue other projects and eventually landed in the Philadelphia group Dr. Dog. Eric also regularly performs with Philadelphia bands such as Springs, Paper Cat, Ape School, Norwegian Arms, and Nightlands. Eric sleeps in 3 and a half hour intervals.

Eric has also performed/recorded with Nels Cline (Wilco), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), R. Stevie Moore, Cass McCombs, Gordon Gano, California Guitar Trio, Bobby Martin (Zappa), Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ike Willis, Jon Anderson (Yes), Eddie Vedder, Ann Wilson (Heart), Mike Keneally, Ween, Crescent Moon, John Wetton (King Crimson), Carlos Alomar (David Bowie), Chris Harford, Matt Vasquez, Ben Kweller, Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart), Deer Tick, and Andrew Weiss.

Eric wishes he could play with Bjork someday, or at least play her in Scrabble. He would likely "SCRABBLE" on a Triple Word Score with the word "OCTOPUS".
Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://strangematterrva.com/