Cloud Control

Cloud Control
Background information
Origin Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Genres Indie rock, folk, Psychedelic music
Years active 2007-present
Labels Ivy League Records
Alister Wright
Heidi Lenffer
Ulrich Lenffer
Jeremy Kelshaw

Cloud Control are an alternative rock band originating from the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia.[1] The band is currently signed to the Australian label Ivy League Records, in which they released their debut album Bliss Release, and to Infectious Music in the UK/Europe. The band has supported a host of local and international acts, including Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Supergrass, The Magic Numbers, Yves Klein Blue, The Temper Trap, Last Dinosaurs and Local Natives.

They have been nominated for a clutch of awards in Australia, including 2 ARIA awards. Most recently, the band was nominated for the Australian Music Prize, which they subsequently won on 3 March 2011.



All growing up in the Blue Mountains, the four met at the rehearsals for Pirates of the Penzance, where a series of random events led them to the green room. There they started talking to each other and it was from there that they decided to enter their first "Battle of the Bands".[2] The band subsequently won, and continued on to record and release their debut self-titled EP in 2008. The single from Cloud Control, "Death Cloud," was picked up by Australian youth radio station Triple J and received strong airplay. The band were also selected to open for Supergrass on their tour of Australia.

After a string of festival appearances and tours with a variety of Australian bands, the band finally released their debut album, Bliss Release, in 2010. The album has seen the release of two singles - "Gold Canary" and "There's Nothing in the Water We Can't Fight," the latter of which came in at number 18 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2010. They recorded the album in their producer's (Liam Judson) house.[3]

The band supported Foo Fighters at their 2011 concert for flood relief in Brisbane, Queensland.

On the 29th of July 2011, the band announced that Bass Player Jeremy Kelshaw had been removed from the band, however at Field Day Festival in London on 06th August 2011 Kelshaw appeared on stage with the band and Heidi announced "Today is a very special day for us... Our bass player is back with us, he's just come off paternity leave"


  • Alister Wright - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2005-Present)
  • Heidi Lenffer - vocals, keyboards (2005-Present)
  • Ulrich Lenffer - drums, percussion (2005-Present)
  • Jeremy Kelshaw - vocals, bass guitar (2005-Present)

Awards and Nominations

The single Gold Canary was voted as Single of the Week in the Rebel Playlist on the UK's BBC Radio 6 Music.[4]

At the 2010 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards Cloud Control won their first major accolades, taking out the awards for Best Independent Album and Breakthrough Independent Artist. [5]

The band went on to be nominated for two 2010 ARIA awards, Best Rock Album and Breakthrough Artist, though lost out in both categories.[6]

Triple J recognised Cloud Control's debut LP with a J Award nomination, eventually awarding the prize to Tame Impala for their debut Innerspeaker.[7]

The Sydney Music, Arts & Culture (SMAC) Awards saw Cloud Control take out the gongs for Best Live Musical Act and Record of the Year.[8]

In March 2011 Bliss Release was announced as the winner of the 6th annual Australian Music Prize along with the $30,000 cash prize.[9]



  • Bliss Release (14 May 2010) (UK & Europe 23 May 2011) (UK chart peak: #136)[10]


  • This Is What I Said (2 April 2010)
  • Cloud Control EP (Oct 2008)


  • Meditation Song #2 (2011)
  • There's Nothing in the Water We Can't Fight (2010)
  • This is what I Said (2 April 2010)
  • Gold Canary (6 October 2009)
  • Death cloud (13 November 2008)
  • Buffalo Country (2007)
  • Vintage Books (2007)


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