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The Clouds

If you like dazzling melodies and pure voices soaring blissfully, you’ll love this summery,
feel-good band - they’re plenty sweet but never bland. The shifting chords, lyrical moods
and changes of key suggest a Beatles, Pixies, girl-group blend to me.

It harkens back to days gone by when you’d hear similar delights pouring from every
radio tuned to the J’s - hey wait! I know those twists and turns, yin and yang, soft and
loud, zig-zag and swirl - it’s the boys and girls from the Clouds!

After a few year’s break to my ears they’re still sounding great. Killer riffs and hooks
galore, I hope they’re going to give us more. They had a following way back then who’ll
be so glad they’re back again, still with that heavenly trademark sound that thrilled so
many last time round. These tunes are new yet timeless too, listen and sigh, welcome
back, pop purveyors from the sky. Long live skew-wiff drums and guitars! And off-kilter
beats! For sparkle and verve, I’m giving four stars. And bonus points for harmonies
that just won’t quit - you gotta love it.



The Clouds formed right at the end of 1989 in Sydney.
The nucleus of the group was Jodi Phillis (who was born in Australia but grew up in the USA) and the New Zealand born Tricia Young. They met after friends introduced them at a BBQ.
Within a year, they were signed to Red Eye Records and the lineup had consolidated to also include Stuart Eadie on drums and Dave Easton on guitar. Later Raph Whittingham would replace Eadie, with Ben Nightingale stepping in for Easton.Between 1990 and 1997, The Clouds put out 3 albums including the great debut "Penny Century", a mini album and a series of classic EP's. They were a prolific band, with Phillis and Young churning out the songs side by side. They may have started out with a very strong pop element, but as the group progressed they became quite tough and at times very dark as they weren't afraid of experimenting at all.
The Clouds never hit the big time. Their records sold a consistent amount (Penny Century went gold) and their fans remained loyal. They toured overseas and were on the verge of something bigger but often had the rug pulled from under them because of the instabilities that often lie at the heart of major record companies.The Clouds arrived at a very exciting time in local music. They were part of a new wave of Australian bands like The Falling Joys, The Hummingbirds, Ratcat and The Underground Lovers. The industry was also changing to cope with all this fresh blood. But as much as bands can push at the boundaries, they can only do so as much as the industry will ultimately let them. And The Clouds were a prime example of how a band can just be worn down by the battles to won.
As Jodi Phillis said in a recent interview, "It's hard being in a band, far harder than people imagine". It may have been hard for them, but the music The Clouds created was easy to fall in love with.
--The J-Files Archive from ABC Australia Online

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