Cloudeater is an Atlanta based band that consists of Sam Dew (vocals), Daniel Friedman (guitar/vocals), Chris Hunt (drums), Mike Hale (bass), and Nolan Kramer (fx and synthesizer). This past Thursday, they played on Agnes Scott’s campus providing a much needed respite for us students from midterms and the daily grind. If you’re like me and you haven’t heard of this band until recently, I suggest that you look them up. It is well worth your time if you’re looking for a refreshing break from the mediocrity of many artists today. Cloudeater’s performance simply left me wanting more.
One of the highlights of their set, for me, was “Decades”, a cool, inexplicable hybrid of soulful vocals and funky, electronic, NERDesque instrumentals. If you have listened to NERD’s albums Seeing Sounds and Fly or Die, you probably can hear what I’m saying while not fully understanding since they have a sound that is uniquely their own. Another one of my favorite songs from the evening was “Sabotage”. It’s a song that will make you want to chill and just grove to the band. Their versatility makes them so interesting to listen to. One of the beautiful things about Cloudeater is that no one instrument fades into the background. Every member of the band, at some point, stood out and gave a solid performance.
At the end of the evening, I exchanged a few words with vocalist Sam Dew and guitarist Daniel Friedman. Dew, also a songwriter, stated that he draws inspiration from life and the overall human experience. He doesn’t classify the band’s sound with any particular genre. Dew also said that he hopes to continue making music with his band and keep doing shows. When I asked about a favorite venue, Friedman says he enjoyed Compound. Overall the band gets together every week and continues to play shows throughout the Metro Atlanta area. Cloudeater currently has an EP out titled Greatest Tragedy that is available via iTunes, Amazon, and other places where music is sold online.
Want to know more about Cloudeater or keep up with their shows?
Check out their website at cloudeatermusic.com
Follow them on Twitter @cloudeatermusic
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