In the late eighties early nineties, The Clouds were one of the most formobale indie bands in Australia with their fusion of thundering, jangling stop/start guitar sounds burnished with glorious harmonies and melodies. There seemed to me to be a three pronged attack during this era with fellow bands The Hummingbirds and Falling Joys releasing anthemic melodic masterpieces that have stood the passage of time.
‘Penny Century’ from The Clouds remains one of those classic iconic milestones in the history of antipodean indie music, and this year turns an incredible thirty years old. The band’s debut in 1991, Penny Century was brimming with pure indie guitar pop goodness including ‘Hieronymus’, ’Soul Eater’, ‘Anthem’ and more. The album reached #14 on the Australian Charts and was certified gold.
To celebrate this auspicious occasion, the classic line-up of Jodi Phillis (Guitar/Vocals), Trish Young (Bass/Vocals), Dave Easton (Guitar) and Raphael Whittingham (Drums) have just announced they will play Penny Century in full across Australia compete with a special encore of other hits including ‘Say It’, ‘Cloud Factory’, ‘Red Serenade’, ‘Bower of Bliss’, ‘Sweetest Thing’ and more.
Here’s a reminder of the sonic bliss of ‘Hieronymous’:
Here is ‘Soul Eater’:
The Clouds 30th Anniversary of Penny Century Australian Tour Dates:
Saturday December 3rd – BRISBANE, The Triffid
Friday December 9th – MELBOURNE, The Croxton
Saturday December 10th – PERTH, Rosemount Hotel
Saturday December 16th – ADELAIDE, The Gov
Saturday December 17th – SYDNEY, Factory Theatre
* Pre-Sale starts 10am Friday 25th March
* General Public on sale 10am Monday 28th March
Full Tour details and tickets here