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The Black Clouds are an independent American rock band from
central New Jersey. They are currently finishing their new record
"After All". With legendary Seattle rock producer Jack Endino at the
helm, "After All" was recorded at the Foo Fighters' Studio
606 in LA through the the Sound City Neve Console, then mixed and
mastered at Soundhouse in Seattle.
Comprising of guitarist/vocalist Dan Matthews, guitarist Neil
Hayes, bassist Gary Moses and drummer Cory King, The Black
Clouds have maintained a D.I.Y. stance since their formation in late
2004. Self-produced, recorded and funded, the band’s debut LP
“Wishing Well” (2008) was also mixed and mastered by Seattle’s
Jack Endino. The Black Clouds played Bamboozle in 2008, and
followed with a US tour in 2009 in support of "Wishing Well", which
saw them hitting 25 shows in 30 days. Another tour –again funded
and booked entirely by the band -- followed in 2010, when they hit
the road for SXSW and back.
The Black Clouds attack was leaner and louder with their 2012
release of their second record, “Better Days.” Once again
produced, recorded, and funded entirely by the band,
“Better Days” was recorded over the period of one month and
mixed by yet another alternative rock legend, John Agnello. The
album abides by three driving principles: Play loud. Play hard. Leave
every post-modern music trend quivering in the dust, and it scores
with a bullet.
Better Days was followed by a completely self-funded
US tour in 2014. The Black Clouds’ grueling commitment to touring
has paid off, as the band plays every live show like it’s their last
one standing. And “After All” pulls off the near-impossible feat of
ensnaring the band’s blood-and-spit stage fury in a way few
modern bands could even strive for, let alone achieve.
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