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A little over 12 months ago enigmatic alt-punks Cloud Nothings released their latest record, Life Without Sound, which will see them return to Australia for the first time since 2014.

For founder and frontman Dylan Baldi returning to Australia comes at a very welcome time.

“It’s freezing cold where I am now so I can’t wait, even though I’m going to be really busy the entire time it will be warm which is all that I need.”

Baldi also views this tour as somewhat of a chance at redemption, particularly in Sydney.

“The first time we ever came to Sydney we played a side show for Laneway Festival. Right before the show I ate the hottest food that I had ever eaten at that point in my life and it made playing the show really really difficult. So it will be better than that this time.”

Even though Life Without Sound has led to Cloud Nothings returning to Australia Baldi explained to City Hub that the process of releasing the record was actually incredibly frustrating.

Despite the album releasing on January 27, 2017 it was actually complete long before that.

“We got it finished a long long time ago but for some reason the label didn’t want it to come out for almost a year after it was finished,” explained Baldi. “We had already been working on the songs for about a year prior at that point so it was just floating around for almost two years before it came out and I definitely don’t want to do that again.”

That period of waiting was tough for Baldi because it prevented him from clearing his mind fully in order to begin focusing on a new batch of music. Having a record locked away in a vault also hindered the bands live shows because they couldn’t perform their full repertoire.

“Towards the end we started doing a couple of the new ones but I always feel weird playing new stuff at shows before the record is out because people don’t know them.”

With Life Without Sound and Cloud Nothings unshackled Sydneysiders are in for a treat from a band which has cemented themselves as one of the most invigorating, magnetic and cathartic live bands who are now at the peak of their career.

Feb 22. Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. $57.95+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.oxfordartfactory.com