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Story and photos by Matt SchwenkeFollowing a brief hiatus while Cloud Cult lead singer Craig Minowa and his wife Connie, who paints and now sings with the band, took time away from the road for the birth of a child, the band has returned to the stage with a decidedly more upbeat tone in support of their new studio release Light Chasers.
Despite a snowstorm the night of the show, a modest but faithful following still found their way to Turner Hall and were rewarded with an energetic set. While the new album is the band's first concept album, selections of new material peppered the set list that went at least four albums deep and stood their own ground as individual tracks apart from the concept album of a cosmonaut's journey that serves as a metaphor for the discovery of self.
Notables from the new album included the raucous rhythms of "Running With the Wolves," the stellar rock of "Today We Give Ourselves to the Fire" and the reflective "There's So Much Energy In Us," while crowd-approved favorites from earlier material included the chaotically programmed "The Tornado Lessons" and the heavy haze of "Brain Gateway." With the band's resident on-stage painters joining in singing throughout the night, the band also mixed things up by putting their own stamp on a take of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man."
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