Australian Psych-Pop Quartet Plays Mercury Lounge Tonight

August 5th, 2013

They all grew up in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. And like so many before them, Alister Wright (vocals and guitar), Jeremy Kelshaw (bass and vocals), Heide Lenffer (keys and vocals) and Ulrich Lenffer (drums) came together to compete in a Battle of the Bands in school. But unlike scores of others, this psych-pop quartet stuck together and became the band Cloud Control, playing with the likes of the Arcade Fire, Weezer and Vampire Weekend, and releasing a much-heralded debut album, Bliss Release—which Pitchfork noted it for its “Tame Impala-meets-Fleet Foxes vibe”—that generated a fair amount of acclaim and won Cloud Control (above, performing “This Is What I Said” on MoshCam) the prestigious Australian Music Prize in 2011. Their much-anticipated follow-up full-length, Dream Cave, arrives next month, but there’s a good chance you can hear some of the new tunes tonight at Mercury Lounge.