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From the Mountains of Australia to a Club in Brooklyn

January 13th, 2014

Cloud Control – Baby’s All Right – January 11, 2014

You’ve got to love a group with humble roots, one that acknowledges the significance of playing before a big-city crowd and honors the setting with humor. Cloud Control hail from the Blue Mountains of Australia, but on Saturday night in Brooklyn, the four-piece’s lead singer, Alister Wright, playfully inquired, “Are all New York bands good?” And when there wasn’t a resounding response, he added, “Oh, the rumors are false then!”

On the kind of rainy winter night that weeds out casual music fans, an avid following turned out at Baby’s All Right, the walls of the modestly sized room pushed out by the soulful rock ballads that mark Cloud Control’s work, including Dream Cave, their second full-length, released earlier this year. Many of the songs are bolstered by impassioned choruses and free-spirited harmonies that send out uplifting vibrations.

Cloud Control added just enough distorted fuzz to tunes—punctuating the anthemic chorus on “Scar.” And Wright delivered his pleading lyrics to the heart-wrenching “Dojo Rising,” while “Ghost Story” broke into tribal territory: You could close your eyes and be whisked away to Burning Man … or at least feel like an extra in a Magnetic Zeros video. All the while keyboardist and vocalist Heidi Lenffer channeled doo-wop and early R&B backup singers. It was an earnest and rousing performance. —Charles Steinberg

Photos courtesy of Charles Steinberg | charlesolivierphoto.com