Our interview with Cloud Control

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Dream Cave is the sophomore album from Cloud Control, and the follow up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Bliss Release. Like their debut, the album is filled with classic songwriting and melody. Unlike their debut, Dream Cave sees the band cut loose from their roots and embrace a spirit of experimentation. We caught up with bass player Jeremy Kelshaw to learn more about the music that inspired this new sound.

What music was playing in the house when you were growing up?

I can remember my Mum buying Bruce Springsteen, Born In The USA on vinyl. Heavy rotation. Also lots of Billy Joel. I can remember putting headphones on & singing Born In The USA at the top of my lungs & being sent to my room haha. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the only thing I’d done.

What was the first record you fell in love with?

Weezer, Pinkerton. A couple of friends from the grade above showed it to me at school. It blew my mind. I can sing every word. It is so raw & powerful.

Who made you want to make music?

I grew up on piano & hated it, finally found my feet with bass playing old Rage & Muse riffs. I just liked playing live & making music with friends growing up, being in the moment you know. I still do. Finding the right vibe or groove for a song, finding that thing that makes everyone in the room invigorated with something you’ve been working on, is such a unique & amazing experience.

What were you listening to whilst recording?

I can’t speak for the others, but I was listening to a lot if Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & David Bowie. I like those guys.

What five records couldn’t you live without?

1. Paul Simon, Graceland
2. The Feelies, The Good Earth
3. Pallbearer, Sorrow and Extinction
4. Rage Against The Machine, The Battle of Los Angeles
5. Radiohead, Kid A

What are you listening to at the moment?

Right now in the tour van it’s Simply Red’s If You Don’t Know Me By Now . But apart from that, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, old Feelies stuff, Big DealPalms  and I’ve been getting back into The Prodigy.

Does the perfect song exist?

Yeah I think so, why not?! But I don’t think there’s just one. I have definitely listened to old Michael Jackson for example, and thought that’s the perfect song. But I guess that changes over time and from person to person. It’s all subjective which is why you gotta keep writing.

Finally, what’s your favourite noise?

The sound of a can of soft drink opening. Guinness cans sound great too.

Stream Dream Cave by Cloud Control on Spotify now.