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A brief chat with Cloud Cult


Live painting, movies, new albums – Cloud Cult has it all. They play Riot Fest this year, so we spoke to main man Craig Minowa.L

Yellow Scene: The band is over 15 years old now – how do you think the band has grown?

Craig Minowa: It started off as a solo studio project, so gradually different musicians were added to try to bring those albums to life. Now we just have a strong group of musicians who partake more collaboratively in the creation process.

YS: Are you working on a follow-up to Unplug?

CM: Yep. We’ve been working on the new album since October of last year. It’s pretty close to done. We’re actually shooting a feature film, a fiction film that’s based on the album’s storyline. So it’ll be a film and an album that’ll be coming in October.

YS: Are you looking forward to Riot Fest?

CM: Yes, big time. There are some bands on that bill that I’ve liked ver since I was a kid. I was a big follower of the Damned, so the idea of being on a bill with that band is pretty mind-blowing.

YS: What can we expect from your set?

CM: Our set is a shorter period of time so we’re gonna pull out all the stops and play all of our best stuff. We’ll have the live painters there too, so they have a particularly difficult challenge because we’ve ben doing headlining tours so they’ve had an hour and a half to do a painting. They’ll be pushed hard when they have a half-hour to do a painting.

YS: When Riot Fest is over, what’s next?

CM: We’ve got a few more festivals, then we’ll be shooting the film and wrapping up the new album to get ready for the release.

Cloud Cult plays Denver Riot Fest; August 28-30; riotfest.org/denver.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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