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Cleveland indie rockers Cloud Nothings shoot straight sonically

Gloom never sounded so good as on 'Here and Nowhere Else'

Photo: Photo By Pooneh Ghana, License: N/A

Photo By Pooneh Ghana

“It’ll be cool when I’m older to look back and have an album from every year of my life. So far, it’s really the only outlet I have for expressing anything.”

Maintaining creative control over that expression and its outlet seems to satisfy Baldi. He’s happy to have independent D.C. label Carpark Records release his records, he says – and happy to continue to call Cleveland home, even if he is lucky enough to spend significant time in Paris with his French girlfriend. “If I signed to a big label, all that would happen is they would give me a bunch of money,” he says. “But I don’t need that, you know? I don’t care about that. To me, that just seems like a very sensible thing to think. Maybe some people don’t think that way.”

When complimented on his surprisingly mature attitude toward an indie-rock stardom that many can’t weather, Baldi chuckles. “I have no illusions that people will like us forever. That’s not how anything works. I just do what I do – make the music I want to make – and if people like it, that’s great. I’ll keep doing it. If they don’t, I’ll do something else.”

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