I’m not one for genres, especially when it leads to a debate. I’ve seen these guys being labeled as lo-fi pop punk, which seems pretty accurate to me. Sprinkle some indie, some punk, and some rock and you’ve got the Cloud Nothings. They’re a group out of Ohio and according to their wikipedia page they were the first on Pitchfork to have their album labeled “Best New Music” in 2012. Their third album entitled Attack on Memory is deserving of the aforementioned achievement.
Attack on Memory is simple, not overly “rocky” and not overbearingly indie. You know what I mean? Like those bands that just picked up instruments, play at coffee shops and that you can’t hate because it’s “artsy”. Cloud Nothings blends rock, indie and punk into a wonderful mix on their latest album. ‘Wasted Days’ is my favorite track on the album and the band manages to stay consistent throughout the entire album. Not straying from their style or throwing in any unusual surprises. It’s not a perfect album, the lyrics are pretty simplistic, but the album is great nonetheless. Definitely could be considered in the top albums of 2012.