THE BLACK CLOUDS
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The Black Clouds are an independent American rock band from central New Jersey. Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Dan Matthews, guitarist Neil Hayes, bassist Gary Moses, and drummer Cory King, The Black Clouds have rooted themselves in the DIY ethos their formation in late 2004. Self-produced, recorded and funded, the band’s constant motivation has been solely for the love of creating and performing unadulterated hard rock.
The Black Clouds made their debut in 2008 with the release of Wishing Well, which was mixed and mastered by legendary alt-rock producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney). The Black Clouds played Bamboozle in 2008, followed by a 25 show, 30-day US tour in 2009 in support of Wishing Well. The band continued touring throughout the next year, crossing the country to SXSW and back.
The band’s attack became 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 another alternative rock legend, John Agnello (Patti Smith, Sonic Youth). The album abides by three driving principles: play loud, play hard, and leave every post-modern music trend quivering in the dust. Once again, the band’s grueling commitment to touring led to another full US tour in support of the album.
After signin to Capacitor Records in 2015, the band began to work on their upcoming third LP, After All. Reuniting with producer Jack Endino, the album was recorded at the Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 in Los Angeles before making its way to the Soundhouse in Seattle for mixing and mastering. After All features vocals from Mark Arm (Mudhoney) and guitar lines from Endino himself. Behind the pummeling grit and take-no-prisoners vocals, The Black Clouds’ authenticity and genuine passion for the music refuses to hide. After All was released on January 6, 2017, via Capacitor Records.