"It's the only way I know how to write, it's not that I wouldn't like to write a record about politics or something, I just can’t" – hmv.com talks to Cloud Nothings
Ahead of the release of their fourth studio album Here and Nowhere, we chat to Cloud Nothings' mainman Dylan Baldi about the album's making and why he's feeling a bit more positive.
Your new album Here and Nowhere Else is due out soon, are you excited or nervous to get it out?
"I'm excited, I'm always excited when we have a new record, we get to play new songs, I get sick of the old songs really quickly."
When did you finish this record?
"September, so it's been sitting around for a while. We always have to wait for a while for it to come out."
How long did it take to record?
"About 10 days."
Is that a long or short time for a Cloud Nothings record?
"Kinda long actually, it felt long."
So when did you start writing the album? Did you write it on tour? And is the way you like to write?
"All the songs were written, well started, on tour, but they all came together properly in the three weeks leading up to the record. I don't like writing on tour particularly, but that was the only time we had to make the record."
Does that mean you trace songs back to particular hotel rooms or sound checks?
"Yeah, a lot of them were written in France, I spend a lot of time in Paris when we're not on tour, that's the place I associate this record with the most I think."
You've been quoted as saying that this album is a happier album, is that a fair assessment?
"Not necessarily happier, but lyrically it's more confident, a little more positive than the overwhelming negativity of the last couple of records."
Where's that come from?
"The positivisty? You can't be that negative all the time, it gets you down, especially me, I'm doing what I always wanted to do, you can't be that way all the time, I've not got that much to be upset about."
What kind of album is this lyrically?
"It's a pretty personal record, all the tracks are about me I guess. It's the only way I know how to write, it's not that I wouldn't like to write a record about politics or something, I just can’t."
What inspired the title?
"We were on tour a lot and it feels a bit weird that you don't really have a home, so you have to find little things to make it feel more like home."
You worked with John Congleton as a producer on this record, what was he like to work with?
"He was great, he just recorded us playing and if he thought we made a mistake he'd be like 'Do that again' and we would. That's it really. This band doesn't need a producer to come in and do too much, that'd be weird."
How much of your year is mapped out in terms of touring?
"All of it. It starts in April and it just keeps going. I'm especially looking forward to going to Japan and Australia, I love it there."
Finally, what were some of your favourite records from last year?
"My favourite was this band called Naam, they did this great record, just really depressing almost Joy Division esque stuff, the new Necks record, that was great too. None of what I listen to sounds like Cloud Nothings."