Cloudeater – Sun and Sidearm

Today’s Ear Worms is a bit of a throwback.

This album was released September 9, 2011. That same year I was fortunate to have them perform at the second Hijacking Music Festival that I put together, of course they smashed it.

Over the weekend we listened to it for the first time in a while and it had me feeling all kinds of funny, in a good way.

In my opinion, Cloudeater is one of the best bands to come out of the Atlanta scene since I’ve been participating, which was around 2006. Right about the time they were really building up some steam, they had to call it quits.

I met drummer Chris Hunt before they started the group through a mutual friend and he mentioned he was working on some new music with vocalist Sam Dew. Chris is a extremely creative and unique drummer, always pushing the limits of how percussion is perceived and used.

Once they started playing shows I knew they were on to something, and it only continued to get better and better. When they finally released this album they proved their point and made a huge dent on Atlanta music history.

The band was(hopefully one day we can say ‘is’ again!) made up by a ton of other talented folks including guitarist Daniel Friedman and soundscape master, recording engineer, and Always Triumph alumni Nolan Kramer.

Kramers brother Hayden, aka the monster EMD producer Herobust was also scheduled to perform that same Hijacking Music Festival which was cut short. Herobust, Tricil, and Darkroom didn’t get to perform due to that and will forever be one of my great regrets.

Cloudeater also put out another album after this one that they worked on with Prefuse73 that you can hear at their bandcamp.

I’m really excited to have dug this one up and share it with you today. Enjoy!