Cloud Cult Biography
Cloud Cult developed in 1995 as a solo studio project Craig Minowa. His first full-length album, "Project Shadow" has sparked interest several small independent labels who urged Minowa consider implementing the songs live. Craig worked in the next four years, a new studio project, which would be the first official Cloud Cult album "Who Killed Puck?".
In 1999, lead singer Craig and Connie Minowa formed Earthology, not-for-profit environmental organization that would later get his nonprofit 501c3 status. Craig has worked on the development of the industry Earthology Records, which has focused on helping to green the music industry. Earthology reports would become the locomotive of homegrown, where all group reservations, publicity, CD replication, production of T-shirts, and the recording will take place. Through Earthology, Minowa developed the first 100% post consumer recycled packaging CD in the US market.
Earthology reports later was transferred to the organic farm, powered by geothermal energy and is built in part from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. The group began a zero net greenhouse gas practice for the excursions long before it was fashionable to be green. Band product 100% postconsumer recycled or made from certified organic materials. Cloud Cult has planted thousands of trees to absorb the CO2 output of the group. They also donate to a great extent on the projects that are building wind turbines as a source of income on Indian reservations.
In 2002, shortly after the sudden death of his two year old son Kaidin, Minowa wrote over a hundred songs to deal with loss.They Live on the Sun was completed in 2003 and went to # 1 on the charts of college radio stations across the country. From this album, Music Cloud Cult has been greatly inspired by the "big picture" questions of life: "Who we are, why we are here, where we came from, where we are going," Minowa seems in a constant quest for the light at the end of the tunnel..
In 2004 released "Aurora Borealis" just six months after they are living on the sun Shortly after, Cloud Cult has been nominated for the Minnesota Music Awards as "Artist of the Year" along with Prince and Paul Westerberg. With a van covered with solar panels, the band began touring across the country. Cloud Cult stage show began to garner the attention of the national press, as they included two artists live on stage, Connie Minowa and Scott West, as well as playback screen video and performance artists.
In 2006, Cloud Cult released "Tips from Happy Hippo" which Pitchfork Media called the "mad genius" and praised the album 8.3.
Denver Post takes the 2007 "The Meaning of 8" as one of the top ten albums of the last decade, along with bands such as Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips and Radiohead. Cloud Cult has received several offers from major record labels, but all were rejected in favor of self-publishing, and total control over the ethical aspects of business practice.
Cloud Cult released an album called "Feel Good Ghosts (Cha-Partying Through Tornadoes)" April 8, 2008 As in the previous album Cloud Cult, the album was recorded and produced at small organic farms Minowa in Northern Minnesota. "This place is so far in the boonies, you can hardly find it, because it is not on the cards," said Dan Montalto, MTV producer who brought the crew to the farm to make a short MTV on the strip.
In October 2008, Cloud Cult was featured in the animated Esurance commercials that aired during the Super Bowl. The strip shows plays its song "Lucky Today" while floating in the clouds, and the promotion of environmental practice driving. In exchange for the work, Esurance helped fund some of the costs the group greening recording albums. During 2008 and 2009, the growth of the group continued, with a heavy schedule of travel and speeches on MTV, Carson Daly, Rolling Stone, Spin, and many other media.
In spring 2009, Cloud Cult released "No one said it would be easy," a full-length documentary film about the group, created by John Burgess and Scott West, as well as "Lost Songs of the lost years," a collection of previously unreleased songs spanning the history of the band for 15 years.
The band began to tour again with the release of "Light Chasers 2010", which was a complex concept album about the life-long spiritual search. Meanwhile, Craig has increased the workload of the type of music scoring Cloud Cult for National Geographic and other documentaries.
The band released a new full-length album on March 5, 2013, titled "Love", which charted higher on Billboard Charts for Cloud Cult, than any of their previous albums.
Cloud Cult released a new full-length live acoustic album and concert film "Unplug", April 15, 2014 It was produced and mixed Jeff D. Johnson, who was doing live sound Cloud Cult during the past seven years. The album was then mastered by Jeff Lipton (Bon Iver, Arcade Fire). While the songs were pulled from the existing group's discography, the version on the "Unplug" is quite different from the album version.
Cloud Cult made its European debut in the summer of 2014 and released their new album "The Seeker" in February 2016 with the current lineup Shannon Frid-Rubin (violin), Sean Neri (bass / Trombone), Sarah Perbix (keys / horns), Daniel Zamzow (cello / mandola), Jeremy Harvey (drums) and Scott West and Craig and Connie Minowa. The album was praised by critics as the best work of the group to date. The album was also made into a feature film starring Radnor and Alex McKenna, Minowa-written and directed by Jeff D. Johnson. It will be released at the end of 2016.
Cloud Cult never disappoints
State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN - Sat, Mar 12, 2016Posted 03/15/2016 by RJZimm This Fan's Reviews
Cloud Cult is an amazing band with a ton of energy! They are mesmerizing to watch and I loved every moment of their show.
Favorite moment: Hearing the new songs
Opening act(s): BBGUN
Cloud Cult is Energetically AWESOME
State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN - Sat, Mar 12, 2016 Posted 03/15/2016 by Breezylu This Fan's Reviews
I LOVE how Cloud Cult brings swells of emotion to their music, and how they are able transition you into other emotions or energies of joy, brokenness, and resilience...
Each member of the band is an incredible visual, musical, and human artist. And their sound tech crew blends a killer balance for instrumental highlights and lyrical leading.
LOVE the band, Love the painting, Love the sound, Love the philosophy. Thank you Cloud Cult for being my soundtrack.
Favorite moment: Fist pumping to "Today we give ourselves to the fire" and pulsing to "Theres so much energy in us "
Setlist: A lot of new album: The Seeker, and some others from Light chaser and love.
Good Rocking Show from Cloud Cult.
State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN - Sat, Mar 12, 2016 Posted 03/15/2016 by slowglove This Fan's Reviews
The show Cloud Cult put on at the Historic State Theater was a wonderful surprise! Although the vocals got a bit swept away by the guitar and violin a couple of times, overall everything was pretty tight. It was the first time I saw them personally, and I was quite impressed by the amount and quality of rock and roll they pounded out.
Favorite moment: All of the families out together.
Opening act(s): BBGun. A bit muddled on the guitars. Good drums, exceptional bass.I think they were a little overwhelmed by the size of the crowd.
Cloud Cult ! ! !
State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN - Sat, Mar 12, 2016 Posted 03/15/2016 by Cousin2 This Fan's Reviews
This performance was their best I've seen so far. They played some from their new album, and some favorites from earlier works, too. The sound was balanced for the great acoustics of the State Theater. And the light show was epic ! So much energy ! I will see them whenever they are near the Cities. Looking forward to seeing the new movie, too
Opening act(s): B B Gun
Clouid Cult was amazing
State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN - Sat, Mar 12, 2016Posted 03/15/2016by DKSPRING This Fan's Reviews
The band played with energy . They were tight. The lights were great. Their songs are so inspirational. An unforgettable evening.
Favorite moment: When my wife" put her face on mine"
Opening act(s): BBGun was a very pleasant surprise. Creative, lovely sound
Cloud Cult Never Disappoints
State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN - Sat, Mar 12, 2016Posted 03/15/2016by AshleyJade This Fan's Reviews
My favorite live performance of their song "Car Crash" to date. This is my 23rd time seeing Cloud Cult perform. Great connection for a seated event. So much energy & amazing that Craig & the band played a double set to make up for price gouging on ticketmaster.
Favorite moment: Car Crash song
Opening act(s): BBGUN
State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN - Sat, Mar 12, 2016 Posted 03/15/2016 by cohrs25 This Fan's Reviews
The show was absolutely fabulous! I'm a newbie when it comes to Cloud Cult, so I didn't know any of the songs, but it didn't matter. I loved the whole show (as did the two teenagers who were with me)! I'll definitely see them again!
Favorite moment: Encore song at the end!
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