Hit It With Your Best Shot: The Sleeping + Closure in Moscow @ Underworld, Apr. 16
Photo via the band's MySpace page.
What do you do when you've decided to add an extra leg to your North American tour, booked a handful of last-minute shows... and only about fifteen people showed up?
If you are Long Island, New York's The Sleeping, you give it your best shot. Playing at The Underworld last Thursday night, the band bounced and sweated through each song as if they were playing for an arena crowd.
You've got to admire the dedication: The Sleeping have played headliner shows in much larger venues in the past, but despite the poor turnout, rather than putting on a cooler-than-thou attitude and pulling off a half-assed performance, the guys gave it their 110%--something that cannot be said about our darling Montreal Canadiens, who were getting waxed flat on the ice by the Boston Bruins in their first playoffs face-off that night.
The evening's biggest discovery, however, was Melbourne, Australia's progressive rock act Closure in Moscow. I know--progressive rock from Australia, right? This bias wasn't helped by the fact that the guys showed up in skinny jeans, T-shirts bearing superhero logos and/or plaid button-down shirts, and moccasin shoes. A memory of two Australian acquaintances ran through my mind: "Nobody in Australia under the age of 28 has a job. Everybody just chills on the beach all day."
These thoughts were washed away immediately as the band took the stage. Live in concert, it's impossible not to take Closure in Moscow seriously. Borrowing the lyrical sensibilities of Circa Survive with the hardcore breakdowns of the like of Chiodos or maybe The Fall Of Troy, Closure in Moscow is a great new addition to the Equal Vision roster, and easily one of the best new acts I had seen in a long time.
When interrogated after the show, lead singer Chris De Cinque admitted that the band had never been to the incredibly busy, excessively glamorous Russian capital (also the largest city in Europe). When asked why they named the band after a city they hadn't even visited, he simply replied: "We just figured it sounded cool."
There doesn't always have to be a story behind everything, it seems. Now go look up this band, and enjoy.