R.I.P. Cloudeater (2009-2013)

Cloudeater
Photo by Rafael Kent

In what was easily one of the most stunning local music announcements I’d heard in quite some time, last week Cloudeater decided to call it quits.

For anyone who had been following the band’s activity as of late, the news arrived as an absolute shock considering the group was in the midst of what was likely their most fertile period ever. Just a couple of weeks ago I was gushing about how the band “just might be on the best creative roll in the city right now,” and it really seemed like they were committed to pushing themselves and their music to the next level.

But then came the announcement of their dissolution via the following post on Facebook:

Friends,

We deeply regret to inform you that Cloudeater no longer exists as a functioning entity as of late last week. One of our founding members, whose vision and creative input are vital to the operation of this band, has decided to leave, and in doing so, we are no longer able to continue at this time. It was one person’s decision alone to leave, and although we are still trying to cope with the reality of his decision, there had been internal tensions for some time.

It is both frustrating and sad that we have arrived at this point. We are incredibly thankful to all the wonderful people who have supported us over the years and those who we’ve been able to meet in the course of playing shows together for almost 4 years.

In gratitude to our fans, who have given us so much, we will be releasing our album Purge, which we worked on with Prefuse73, in the coming weeks as what we consider to be our swan song and finest work.

We are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished and the music we created. Nothing will ever change that.

Please stay tuned for information about new projects.

Obviously there’s a lot more to this story and we hope to bring you more information regarding Cloudeater’s decision soon. But all we know for now is that it’s definitely over for the band, although this won’t be the last we hear from them musically. At least we can take some solace in the fact that the group remains committed to releasing Purge in the near future. In fact, yesterday the band unveiled a live video of them performing the track “Lethal” from their upcoming swan song. It was a noble gesture, but right now it feels a little like a kick in the crotch as it cements much of what made Cloudeater’s post-industrial alt-rock so compelling. Check it out below.

More Info:
Web: www.cloudeatermusic.com
Bandcamp: www.cloudeater.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cloudeatermusic
SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/cloudeatermusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cloudeatermusic