There's a tender spot in the '90s alternative rock scene that is held deep down in most avid of music listeners and musicians alike. It could have been the likes of Mudhoney and R.E.M., or the cold calculations of Unwound and The Jesus Lizard for those who sifted through the best college radio worship of years past. Then there's Nirvana - but that goes without saying. What's invested in bands such as Jawbox and Sunny Day Real Estate is the tone in which sets the mood for much of their greater pieces of work. While we certainly have seen our share of homage in bands such as Balance and Composure, Sainthood Reps, O'Brother, Cut Teeth and Brand New's "Drive Like Jehu for beginners" work with Daisy, noise and atmosphere is once again king and it feels amazing. Younger, newer acts care just as much about their equipment as their listeners do. It's refreshing considering the likes of studio tricks and "auto-everything" we've seen both on the underground level and mainstream zombie rat race of the better (read: bitter) end of the last decade. I'm laying here listening to two tracks off of cloakroom's upcoming debut EP. With each listen I can pull back the layers and discover a new sound, while all the time floating along the haunting timbres of guitar effects that aren't overly shoegazing and bass lines that carry the ship boldly, without being flashy. The drumming is direct, and the vocals are somber and reflecting, a shift from the shouts and gang chants the members' other bands take on. We are getting to a point once again where bands want to be contemporary bands. Where it's safe to be this, because it's big at the moment. While few are reinventing the wheel, and we're living in a time of nostalgia, it's nice to see a few people moving back to the roots of music. Not the albums that shaped us in our teenage years, but the ones that made us crave more music when we were younger, or changed the way we looked at music when we grew up and started peeling back what we knew and what we could still learn as listeners. This isn't hype. There's no telling how far past an EP this project will go. Right now, it's nice reminder of the radio I grew up with listening to The Smashing Pumpkins, Bush and Nirvana and are now rediscovering the better likes of the well aforementioned at the beginning of this piece and the contemporaries that are following suite as well.
cloakroom consists of three factory workers from the Region.