Having well and truly found their balance as a trio since the departure of founding member and bass player Jeremy Kelshaw in 2013, Ulrich Lenffer, Alister Wright and Heidi Lenffer return with an ebullient, driving lead single.
Born from a demo jammed at the Bundanon writer’s retreat in the countryside near Nowra, ‘Rainbow City’ was produced by lead singer Alister Wright and includes a drum track by Heidi, and a piano outro played on Arthur Boyd’s grand piano.
“It’s a song about losing things.” Says Alister of the song “I think everyone knows what it feels like when you lose something”.
“We were all in a house on the south coast, Heidi was on drums, Ulrich manning the desk and we just started jamming. Later on we finished it in Sydney with our dear friend MT” [Michael Tomlinson, former member of Yves Klein Blue].
As a self-taught producer, Alister embraces chaos and obsesses over detail and while ‘Rainbow City’s’ immediate appeal is undeniably tied to the Cloud Control we know and love, the track brims with confidence and exhibits the freedom and strength found in the band’s new collaborative equilibrium.
Cloud Control has always been defined by happy chaos, ever since they formed on a whim for a 2005 university band competition. (They had never played together before; they won the next year.)
The uncalculated nature of their formation forms the backbone of their sound as well; sharing the song writing and collaborating on each track, their songs skip from genre to genre without ever feeling disjointed.
The band has become renowned for their vibrant live shows, having headlined festivals and stages around the world, they will be launching the release of ‘Rainbow City’ with two intimate shows this June.
Through ‘Rainbow City’ Cloud Control continue to cement themselves as one of the country’s most intriguing and creative bands. With an album on the horizon, 2017 is bound to be a huge year for one of Australia’s most beloved bands.