Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Cloud Nothings’ ‘Modern Act’

The video for Cloud Nothings‘ ‘Modern Act’, taken from their forthcoming album Life Without Sound, out on January 27 via Car Park Records, finds the band’s members dressed as older gentleman attending a funeral for drummer Jayson Gerycz.

What starts out as the band dealing with a tragic loss quickly turns sinister as each band member is killed off by a dark, sinister force.

“A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them,” Cloud Nothings’ frontman Dylan Baldi said in a statement. “In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, ‘That’s okay,’ I feel good about the record. This is the one that’s felt best.”

The “this” that Baldi is referring to is the band’s fourth and latest album. Life Without Sound was recorded at a much more leisurely pace than their acclaimed 2014 release Here and Nowhere Else. He was able to take a year to write the record with his bandmates.

They spend three weeks recording the album at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie)

“Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world,” Baldi said. “But there was a point in which I realized that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn’t realize you were missing until it’s there-hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music,” he adds. “It’s supposed to be inspiring.”

Cloud Nothings also announced the dates of their upcoming tour;

11/14 Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club

11/16 Los Angeles, CA – Hi Hat
1/26 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
01/27 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
01/28 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
01/30 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01/31 Boston, MA – Paradise
02/01 New York, NY – Webster Hall
02/03 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
02/04 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
02/06 Grand Rapids, MI – Calvin College
02/07 Detroit, MI – El Club
02/09 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02/10 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
02/11 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
02/12 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
03/01 Copenhagen – Loppen
03/02 Malmo, SE – Babel
03/03 Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
03/05 Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
03/06 Hamburg, DE – Knust
03/07 Berlin, DE – Bi Nuu
03/08 Munich, DE – Kranhalle
03/09 Cologne, DE – Luxor
03/11 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
03/12 Brussels, BE – Botanique
03/14 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
03/16 Bristol, UK – Thekla
03/17 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
03/18 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
03/19 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
03/21 London, UK – Koko
03/22 Birmingham, UK – The Hare & Hounds
03/23 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
1. Up To The Surface
2. Things Are Right With You
3. Internal World
4. Darkened Rings
5. Enter Entirely
6. Modern Act
7. Sight Unseen
8. Strange Year
9. Realize My Fate
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