White Cloud's Interests: Taxidermy, Absurd Realism, Psychedelic Art-Pop
How would you describe your sound without using genres or style names: A grilled cheese with truffle oil. "Simple but as soon as you bite in, you're like what the fuck is this?"
Influences: Stone Roses, Can, Sleep, Joy Division, blues.
World music influence: We used to have a band member from the Phillipines, too. A lot of it is unintentional. The guitarist, Shiv, is from Kenya, and also tends to use a guitar tone that sounds like a thumb piano. And for me, an Argentinian, my exposure to tango and salsa means I bring something rhythmic to the band. But most of us were born in the Bay Area.
How did the band get together: Through random chance on Craigslist.
Inspiration for the band name: No real inspiration, more like desperation. We later realized it was also the name of a couple of companies and a few people when you search for it on the Internet, but we're sticking to it until we get sued.
What are you working on right now? How does it compare to your previous stuff: We've been working on a new record for five or six months with Scott from Clipd Beaks engineering the sound. It's nine songs out of the 30+ that we've recorded as a group together. We spent a lot of time perfecting every track and selecting ones that stood the test of being played live.
Recent live shows vs. old ones: Almost all of the songs we have on the Internet, we don't really play live. it's a little weird to have people coming to your show expecting one band and getting a completely different one with different songs.
Day jobs: We all work, some with taxidermy, others with food, unfortunately.
Worst day job ever: All of them kinda sucked. When I was the keyholder to a video store in the East Bay I got to often close early and just watch movies constantly. One night I watched Norbit and Blue Velvet. That's the only exception; they all sucked after that.
Favorite authors: Jorge Luis Borges, absurd realism, HP Lovecraft.
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