five questions with alister wright of cloud control

Catch them on their latest tour…

by Christian Lavery

“I think it’s a good album from start to finish,” states Cloud Control frontman Alister Wright in a laid-back-yet-assuring Australian accent. “People should just listen to the whole album, give it a chance.”

Of course he’s referring to the band’s sophomore LP, Dream Cave, that magnificently blends pop, rock, and West Coast harmonies -- there’s no denying that Wright and his group mates carefully constructed the 11-track LP to build on the success of their debut Bliss Release.

Teaming up with Barny Barnicott -- the producer and engineer who previously worked with the likes of Spiritualized, Artic Monkeys, Temper Trap, and Franz Ferdinand, Dream Cave portrays a dreamy, easy flowing sound that contrasts the live-to-tape style of Bliss Release.

“The way me made it was quite different, actually. With Bliss Release we were very focused on getting the live sound. But this time, we were in a bigger studio and we let a lot more of the things from the demos come through -- things like drum machines and random stuff that we recorded through the year.”

Now, after recently finishing up a European and UK tour that consisted of upwards of 40 shows, the Australian-based band has landed on American soil to showcase their unique and captivating sound. Kicking off the journey this past Saturday in Brooklyn, NY, check out the entire list of dates below to see where you can catch Cloud Control, and read on to hear Alister’s answers to our five questions.

Download Dream Cave HERE.

01.11.14 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY01.13.14 - Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA01.14.14 - Schubas - Chicago, IL01.15.14 - Barboza - Seattle, WA01.16.14 - Biltmore Cafe - Vancouver, BC01.18.14 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR01.21.14 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA01.22.14 - The Satellite - Los Angeles, CA

What was the last movie you saw?

I saw American Hustle the other day. I really liked it, it was really cool. The cast was pretty amazing for it. I go to the movies with my girlfriend all the time and we have the biggest tolereance for movies. Even pretty shit movies we always really like.

What was the first live show you went to?

I had a gutair lesson when I was little, I think I was like 13 or something and I’d been learning an AC/DC song. My teacher was like you know they’re playing in Sydney tonight? And then when we got out of the lesson I told my dad and he took my little brother and I to the show.

What was the first album you bought?

The first one I bought I think was Sparkle and Fade, by Evercelar.

What posters were hanging on your bedroom wall growing up?

I had a Rage Against The Machine poster. That was the only one. Its pretty typical I guess. I still think they’re still maybe one of the best bands ever.

What was your favorite cartoon/TV show as a kid?

I was really into "Captain Planet."

Best/Worst advice you’ve ever received?

I don’t know, I cant think of any specific advice. But I definitely think you just have to really do what you want in life or else you end up just working some job you don’t like. So Follow your dreams! (laughs)