If anyone can bring peace to the sickly giant that is Russia, then it is this band. And they know it. Say hello to Closure in Moscow.
This band blindsided me. Even though Circa Survive has kept me contented following Anthony Green's departure from Saosin (more on Green's new solo album to come), I didn't think anyone would be able to take young Saosin's place in my heart. But apparently Saosin chose the heir to the throne, as it threw its weight behind CIM after a flattering appearance in AP, where the young Aussie band cited Saosin as a primary influence (referring directly to the band's Green days).
Now, Closure in Moscow has...well...essentially...um...brought closure to fans of Saosin that were disillusioned by Green's exit. They pick up right where Saosin left out, pounding out high-pitched emotive music supported by unpredictable patterns and intense drum fills. They've preserved the haunting melodies while pushing forward with the song structures, driving a production of intricacy and beauty that's been unmatched by any band I've had the pleasure of listening to this year.
To be fair, CIM is more than just a Saosin clone. The band's influences and similarities shine through in their gigantic, aura-building sound. Think if Saosin and the Mars Volta eloped to Vegas, but Saosin got cold feet and hooked up with a showgirl named Fall of Troy, broke her heart, and flew out to the east coast to live with My Chemical Romance, an old college buddy. Meanwhile, From First to Last and Rufio are tracking Saosin like an animal, bounty-hunting for the reward money. Unbeknownst to From First to Last, it was Rufio's older brother Yellowcard that Saosin had murdered, and Rufio is searching for more than just money -- he wants revenge.
Sorry, I blacked out for a second. What just happened?
Closure in Moscow recently brought the thunder from down under, releasing its debut EP The Penance and the Patience in April of this year. Check them out.
"Line by line, it's not too late / We're biding time."
- Closure in Moscow, "Breathing Underwater"