Formed in 2016, NYC's CLOSER is a three-piece post-hardcore/emo band comprised of Ryann Slauson (drums/vocals), Griffin Irvine (bass/vocals), and Matthew Van Asselt (guitar/vocals).
Recorded and mixed by Steve Roche at Permanent Hearing Damage Studio in Philadelphia, their debut album "All This Will Be" is out January 19th, 2018 via Lauren Records, Conditions Records, and Middle Man Records.
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"Their sound is raw and urgent and scratchy and visceral, but it’s also thoughtful and dynamic. There are long stretches of twinkly, atmospheric guitar that remind me of Explosions In The Sky, and those moments feed right into the cathartic climaxes. There’s a stretch of one song where someone reads a slightly muffled poem over an instrumental...And when Closer lurch into high gear, as on the scorching opener “Gift Shop,” they can sound almost like black metal."
“All I want is something familiar,” bellows drummer Ryann Slauson from the song’s fiery outset – a line she repeats throughout – the punch of the instrumentation met with the rabid gusto of that gnarly, powerful lead voice that drags the whole thing forward, through its cascading landscapes, all immense peaks and considered troughs."
"NYC hardcore is alive and well if it can produce bands as ferocious and tight as Brooklyn's Closer, who are readying the release of their debut album "All This Will Be." Featuring members of Real Life Buildings, the trio has recently unveiled this video for single "Gift Shop," which reveals drummer vocalist Ryann Slauson's screaming talent and a group of skilled musicians who, within the format's overall preference for aggression and despair, are not indifferent to dynamic changes and sonic variety."