When The Cloud Explodes is the new single from three-piece The Empty Page, released digitally and on 7" single today. A powerful three and a half minutes represents an impresssive comeback for the band after their debut album Unfolding from back in 2016.
Describing themselves as "a fuzzy, feral, frantic band from the North West of England", When The Cloud Explodes lives up to that description, nodding their hat to the likes of Sonic Youth who gave them their name but very much living under the "charcoal crowds" of Manchester where they're based. It makes clever use of Kel's vocals, singing in two different styles for parts of the song like a call and response, which at points contrasts and complements the raw power of the music that Kel, Giz and Jim create.
The Empty Page's official site can be found here and they are on Facebook and Twitter.
They play Manchester Deaf Institute (March 15, with Desperate Journalist), Wolverhampton The Hummingbird (April 19) and London Camden Rocks Fest (June 1)