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The Cloud Room

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The Cloud Room, named after the Prohibition-era speakeasy at the top of the Chrysler Building, is an American band based in Brooklyn, New York in 2004. The group comprises J Stuart (vocals/guitar), Jason Pharr (drums), Ben Nugent (keyboardist), and Jon Petrow (bass).

Drawing on the cool but insistent sounds of 80’s post-punk acts such as Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division and Bauhaus in a style not unlike such contemporaries as Interpol, the Kaiser Chiefs and Bloc Party, Brooklyn’s the Cloud Room became a buzz band when their superb single “Hey Now Now” became a sensation on college radio and music blogs in both America and the UK but , being an indie release, had difficulty getting airplay on Commercial American radio.

The Cloud Room are led by guitarist and singer J, who was born in San Jose, California and came to New York City to work in independent filmmaking, having been promised a job working on a Hal Hartley project (it was given to an NYU student at the last minute). J continued to work on the margins of the movie business, but never lost interest in his first love, music. In 2004, J suffered a health crisis, and was forced to wait eighteen days for the results of an HIV test. Distraught, J began working on songs, one of which was “Hey Now Now”; when he got the good news that his test came back negative, an overjoyed J decided to focus his energies on music.

Unhappy with the musicians he’d been working with, J recruited bassist Jonathan Petrow and drummer Jason Pharr from a friend’s band, Morris Air (later known as Public), and hired David H (guitar) and Steven Milton (keyboards) through ads on Craig’s List.

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