Closure In Moscow’s best release is getting the vinyl treatment for the first time ever.
To the glee of record collectors everywhere, eccentric and colourful Melbourne progressive-pop rockers Closure In Moscow have recently announced they’re releasing their killer debut album, 2009’s ‘First Temple‘, on vinyl for the first time ever this year. Released under Bird’s Robe Records in collaboration with US label Equal Vision Records, the vinyl of the band’s critically acclaimed full-length is set for a street day release on Friday, March 2nd. (You can pre-order the vinyl here).
‘First Temple‘ is an important, almost-cult classic record for the Australian prog-music scene in a lot of ways. Aside from it just being a fucking great album overall, it applies the same level of layering, intricacy, variation and chaos that bands like The Mars Volta made envious careers out of but that comparison is no bad thing either. It was also a deeper, jazzier, more technical, and infinitely more musically interesting release than the solid, catchy post-hardcore sound of ‘The Penance and the Patience‘ EP and even now, ‘First Temple‘ still up shows 2014’s wonderfully weird ‘Pink Lemonade‘.
I actually caught these guys open up for The Dillinger Escape Plan last October in Melbourne and that set really rekindled my interest in this band’s music, and I have a bold new-found appreciation for this record now in 2018 than I did when I first heard it nearly a decade ago as a naive teenager. In short, it’s a fantastic record – please listen to it.
Anyway, that’s enough about me.
To coincide with this new vinyl announcement, Closure In Moscow have also locked in a headline show at Melbourne’s Workers Club for March 3rd, which goes down just before the quintet embark on their first North American tour in eight years, performing their debut LP in its entirety while supporting the mighty Canadian prog-metal lords, Protest The Hero.
Closure In Moscow are also currently working on their third studio album, of which I am sorely awaiting more information about. Stay tuned!