Interview by Monte Holman
New York’s The Cloud Room delivered their highly anticipated, self-titled album (on Gigantic Music) back in April. The record immediately faced the task of living up to the success of its first single, this summer’s anthem, “Hey Now Now.” The band serves up some throbbing beats and dark instrumentation that can be as Ziggy as Bowie and a joyless as Ian Curtis, all in the same measure. And all kinds of people are taking notice-The Cloud Room is hitting charts and airwaves all over the country, and they’re about to head across the pond with hopes of seeing the same success there.
The band’s lead singer, J, made us rethink the old adage about never trusting a man who goes by a letter or symbol. He was kind enough to speak with us about the band and the fallen virtue of Amy Grant.
The Cloud Room are Jason Pharr (drums), J (guitar, vocals), Benjamin Nugent (keyboards), and John Petro (bass).
MP3′s: Hey Now Now | Blackout
FREEwilliamsburg: What’s your reaction to all the great press about your hit single, “Hey Now Now”?
J: It’s exciting. I wrote the song about a year ago, and I remember playing around on the guitar and coming up with this stupidly simple melody, and I thought, “Oh my god, that is so stupidly simple-am I allowed to do this?” (laughs) I just kind of went with it, and it became that song. I knew it was the most accessible thing I’d written up until then, but I didn’t know how the world would perceive it. Since we’re so new, that song has kind of preceded us in a lot of ways. I feel like it has overshadowed the rest of the record. The band thought the last song on the record was our best song.
FREEwilliamsburg: “We Sleep in the Ocean”?
J: Yeah, that’s my favorite song, but “Hey Now Now” is the most generally accessible song on the album.
FREEwilliamsburg: Has the expectation been daunting?