Reflecting on success not part of Cloud Nothings’ plans 

Dylan Baldi, right, fronts Cloud Nothings, a hot indie band from Cleveland. - COURTESY POONEH GHANA
  • Dylan Baldi, right, fronts Cloud Nothings, a hot indie band from Cleveland.
Even though they could be preoccupied reflecting on a good year, Cleveland indie rockers Cloud Nothings are not.

April 1 marked the first anniversary of "Here and Nowhere Else," the band's critically-acclaimed fourth album, which led to high-profile gigs including performances Friday at Coachella and Sunday in The City.

But Cloud Nothings' frontman Dylan Baldi, 23, says the group has hardly focused on its success in the past year.

"There haven't been many moments when I've sat back and really thought about people's reaction to the album," says Baldi, who founded Cloud Nothings essentially as a solo act when he was a freshman in college. "I think we're all mainly excited about making the next one."

In ways a companion piece to 2012's "Attack on Memory "- the albums are nearly the same length, have the same number of songs and share the same eerie kind of cover art - "Here and Nowhere Else's" bristling punk cuts are made particularly urgent by Baldi's snarling vocals and lyrics of disaffection, distrust and detachment.

Although his band has a strong following, Baldi continues to address universal themes of uncertainty and wariness, and still struggles with self-doubt.

"I don't think that stuff will go away, no matter how people might validate you by listening to your music and writing good things about it," says Baldi, who collaborated with Nathan Williams of the band Wavves on a new album "No Life for Me." "I definitely still have the same issues I had a year ago," he says.

At the same time, he's experiencing new musical influences and can't imagine writing and recording an album like "Here and Nowhere Else" at his current juncture in life. "I'm interested in making songs that are more atmosphere-y now," says Baldi. "It's hard to picture writing songs that are as structured as the ones on 'Here and Nowhere Else.'"

With its tour set to end in May and only a few more gigs lined up for summer, the group is eager to get back in the recording studio, and hopes to put out a new album next year.

"I can't really stay in one place, or do one thing for too long," says Baldi. "Otherwise, I start going a little crazy."


Cloud Nothings

Where: Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. April 12

Tickets: $20

Contacts: (415) 771-1421,

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