“Cleveland rocks” has represented itself in a number of notable entertainers, including acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Kid Cudi.
They join the company of many other artists who also hail from the city of rock ‘n’ roll.
One of these performers is musician Dylan Baldi, a native Clevelander whose band Cloud Nothings has just kicked off an international tour.
Baldi founded the alternative rock band several years ago after a short time in college.
“I went to Case Western Reserve University for about a month, and I hated it so much that I decided to start a band,” said Baldi.
Baldi, singer and guitarist, is joined by fellow band members Jayson Gerycz (drummer) and TJ Duke (bassist) on the band’s newest album, “Here and Nowhere Else.”
“It’s kind of a progression from the last one, in a way,” said Baldi about the new album.
“The first two records were all just me recording by myself, so they’re massively different from any of the newer stuff we’ve been doing.”
Formerly a solo project, Cloud Nothings has evolved to include Baldi’s bandmates.
“I write the song, then I take it to the band and we kind of work it out to the point where it becomes kind of different from the original song,” Baldi said. “It’s a collaborative process in that way.”
“Here and Nowhere Else” was released on Tuesday, April 1, just four days before the beginning of the band’s 2014 tour.
“We’re touring for pretty much the whole year,” said Baldi.
Cloud Nothings’ tour started in Buffalo, N.Y. on Friday, April 4 and will continue around the world to Europe, Australia and Japan, among other places.
“[We’ve got] A lot of stuff to do,” said Baldi. “A lot of long flights.”
The tour is scheduled to wrap up in London on Aug. 16, 2014.
When asked about recording versus performing live, Baldi said, “I don’t like being in the same place for more than a couple weeks at a time.”
“I prefer playing,” added Baldi.
In 2012, Cloud Nothings performed as the musical guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
“It was crazy, so weird. That’s just such a funny thing to be doing,” said Baldi. “I looked to my left, and I was like, ‘Okay, that’s Questlove, a bit of The Roots. All right, cool.’ I looked to my right and it was Jimmy Fallon sitting with Queen Latifah,” he said.
“And I look forward and there’s a camera and that’s like a million people or whatever, that’s cool too. Everywhere I looked, it was just like ‘wow,’” he said. “It was so much fun.”
Baldi also commented on the illegal downloading of his music.
“I don’t mind,” said Baldi.
“I kind of prefer that, honestly, because you get it for free, then if you like it, you just go to the show.
“And the show is the most exciting part anyway. I like seeing music live.”
Cloud Nothings’ international tour is set to include a show in Ohio.
The band will perform at Mahall’s 20 Lanes in Lakewood on Friday, May 9.
For more information, visit cloudnothings.com or their Facebook page.