Cloud Nothings aren't "the new" anything
Published: February 22, 2012
The urge to compare Baldi to a similar-minded artist with the initials K.C. becomes more persistent now that both have been recorded by budget-producer extraordinaire Steve Albini, but the press Albini's involvement garners is ironic in light of his self-consciously hands-off approach. "Every time I read a review there's about three or four paragraphs about him," Baldi says." I wanted someone who would step up the quality so that it sounded more professional but would give us free rein to do whatever we thought was right with the songs."
The expert placing of top-shelf microphones, as Albini's famous for, was not the key to In Utero's immortality, rather — and this is key — Albini secured its legacy by knowing when to back the fuck off. Attack on Memory continues this tradition by letting the tape roll far beyond what anyone looking for a single (whatever that means) would ever allow. That hands-off approach was what drew the band to Albini to begin with. "We really wanted a guy who would make it sound like just us playing in a room," Baldi said. "That's what he does. The record wouldn't sound the way it does if he hadn't recorded it."
Here's to enjoying a band's output without smothering them in expectations. •
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$10, doors at 8pm
11pm Fri, Feb 24
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1011 Ave B
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