Thursday 26 July 2012

Band To Check Out: Nervous Cloud

Article by KevW

Finding themselves between projects in 2010 after having both worked with several bands on the Chicago music scene, Travis Lee Wiggins (guitar, vocals) and Sarah Sterling (drums, vocals) stumbled across each other while looking for future musical collaborators, and realising that two's company and three's a crowd, they left the line-up of Nervous Cloud as a duo. After performing a handful of shows as Friends Having Fun they knuckled down and began writing the compositions that would eventually make up their eponymous debut album which is set for release on September 9th.

If you're fearing a watered down version of The White Stripes, then think again. This pair may use just drums and guitar as their core instruments but the result is crisp, chugging alt-rock that's angular, eclectic and fun. Of the two free download singles released so far, 'Monarch' feels like Pavement being given a cattle prod up the backside to shock the lethargy out of them and give them a sense of urgency. It's a sharpness they retain on the melodic 'How To Get Murdered In A Made For TV Movie' which is driven by wonderfully ragged guitar. With much of the album drawing both sound and energy from similar places, this pair should have nothing to be nervous about come release day.

Free download: 'Monarch'
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Free download: 'How To Get Murdered In A Made For TV Movie'
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For more info or to stream and pre-order the album, head to Nervous Cloud's website

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