Australian Progressive Rock group Closure In Moscow have announced they will promote the release of their cult classic debut album First Temple this year as part of its 12th anniversary.
The celebrations are part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary series, which run from March 2021 to March 2022, featuring a huge array of Australia’s legendary Progressive, Alternative, Post-Rock, Post-Metal and Experimental Pop Artists. “First Temple” was originally released on vinyl for the first time in collaboration with US label Equal Vision Records, who signed the band for its initial release in 2009.
First Temple was originally released on vinyl for the first time in collaboration with US label Equal Vision Records, who signed the band for its initial release in 2009.
The band will make the album available on vinyl, CD & digital formats from their webstore at www.closureinmoscow.bandcamp.com along with limited edition merch bundles.
Closure In Moscow have received critical acclaim internationally for their stellar live performance and avant-garde sound in the decade plus since they formed in Melbourne, Australia. After their debut EP The Penance and The Patience thrust them onto the international stage, First Temple saw the band breaking in the United States upon its release in 2009 and has since seen them become regarded as one of the most beloved acts in the world of progressive rock.
The young group experienced the heady success of a band on the rise, relocating to the United States to pursue successive gruelling tours across the continent, including a coveted spot on Warped Tour, before finally returning home to Australia for festival appearance and headline tours at the tail end of a massive twelve months. With little respite, what followed was further heavy touring – across Australia, the UK and Europe, Japan, over two years in support of a record that just kept growing.
The band’s original drummer Beau McKee reflected on this time: “When the ‘The Penance & The Patience’ dropped in Australia, we started getting a lot of tour offers, particularly for U.S. supports in Australia and overseas. Although we had a strong EP under our belt, we realised that seasoned musicians who have done a lot of touring know how to bring a real live show. This certainly kicked us up the ass and we started really honing our live show by time the album was ready to be made. ‘The Penance…’ really helped set up our path forward. We spent a long time crafting and refining our debut album to be released through Equal Vision Records. We were never shy to open or play low on a bill, because we just made sure we brought our A-game and that really worked well for us in the end.
We planned to relocate to the USA for one year, and the ‘First Temple’ recording sessions were right at the beginning of our trip. Sacrifices were made – some of us ended relationships, sold belongings, and gave up career opportunities to pursue the dream of being a full time creative. It was a wild ride, for sure. I saw real snow falling from the sky for the first time. “
Guitarist Manny Zenneli adds: “From people giving it praise back then, to people today discovering it and reaching out and showing us love, it’s still as surreal as ever. I kind of forget that people discover new music every day and just because you wrote something years ago doesn’t mean it can’t be something totally new and undiscovered [now]. It’s so crazy when someone from a remote part of the world reaches out or posts something on their socials about it. At the time we released ‘First Temple’, we were thrust into this roller coaster of touring and travelling globally. We finished recording and immediately began what was a two year touring cycle to support the record. Our lives changed overnight. Every day was a new crowd/new city or country, it was so crazy. I’m really grateful for the entire experience, it was a really special time in the bands progression and we grew a lot from it, both as musicians and people.
Each song we put out is like a snapshot in time for me. I can hear something and pin point exactly where and what was going on in my life and how I felt at the time and ‘First Temple’ is no different. I’m really proud of that record and love all of the songs on there for different reasons. If I was to pick a favourite: A Night At The Spleen. It’s super fun to play, gets a crowd dancing and singing and just takes me back to a really joyous time in my life where everything was really aligned and vibing high. “
Upon completion of the First Temple touring cycle, the band entered a brief hiatus. Finally, after a period of hibernation and much-needed reinvigoration, the band’s long-awaited follow up gestated in the form of a quirky concept album: Pink Lemonade was conceived as a project to explore the band’s penchant for the absurd and to encapsulate the yang to their previous yin.
The record again pushed them back onto the treadmill of touring and promoting across Australia, Japan, North America, the UK & Europe. Following high profile tours with Coheed & Cambria, Protest The Hero, The Fall of Troy, MEW & The Dillinger Escape Plan, the band began working on their a third full-length album – and were in the midst of production when the pandemic struck, enforcing lockdowns in their hometown of Melbourne for weeks at a time throughout the past year.
Still, progress has been made…and with the as-yet untitled new album on the way in 2022, now is a perfect time to introduce yourself to the world of Closure in Moscow – with their jaw-dropping musicianship and exuding a positivity like no other, by their own admission, this band is here to melt faces and take you to the moon.
1. Kissing Cousins
2. Reindeer Age
5. A Night At The Spleen
6. I’m A Ghost Of Twilight
10. Arecibo Message
11. Couldn’t Let You Love Me
12. Had To Put It In The Soil