Tuesday night: Cloud Nothings at Crescent Ballroom

No album of this young year has quite held my attention like Attack on Memory from Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings.

Produced by Steve Albini, Attack has successfully transported me to my collegiate days, a time of musical maturation/realization that I’ll always cherish. When I turned on Attack on Memory for my wife, her response (as usual) summed up perfectly in three words what I struggle to say in 300: “This sounds familiar.”

It could be all that Sunny Day Real Estate, Pinehurst Kids and Seven Storey Mountain – with a touch of Jawbox and Jawbreaker – that I forced on her in my attempts to win her over (success!). And it all makes me feel a little old and relatively unaccomplished to think that the brainchild behind Cloud Nothings, Dylan Baldi, is 20 years old – in other words, he was about three years old when I was entering college and experiencing a musical awakening of bands that seemingly influenced his art.

Too bad I can’t buy him a drink on Tuesday night at Crescent Ballroom, but it doesn’t change the fact that Attack is one of the early greats of 2012.

Check the video below for the album’s leadoff track “No Future/No Past,” with direction by Ryan Manning. Read more about its creation here.

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