To say the past few years have been epic for Aussie band Closure In Moscow would be an understatement. The band has toured Australia, the UK, Europe, United States and Japan. Those tours have seen them play alongside bands such as My Chemical Romance, Coheed And Cambria, Dead Letter Circus, Dance Gavin Dance as well as be part of the Vans Warped Tour.
The remainder of 2017 is also shaping up to be a big time for the band as they work on their eagerly anticipated third album while the band will join Mew on their tour across Australia. HEAVY caught up with Chris from Closure In Moscow to chat about the forthcoming tour and the new album.
As I list the accomplishments that the band have had over the past few years, Chris laughs. “Yeah, we’ve been able to do a lot of really cool things,” he says. “We’ve been able to travel overseas and work with some awesome people. We’ve been pretty fortunate so far. I mean, when you start a band, I don’t think for the most part that you ever think you’ll ever be able to do some of the things that we’ve done. I mean, you’re gunning for it, but I guess you just think, ‘I’m going to make music because it is fun and I like it.’ But then those things start to happen, and yeah, I think we’ve just been super lucky. It’s just been that enough people have been able to click with what we are doing that has allowed us to do that. It’s been pretty special.”
When talk turns to Closure In Moscow’s brand new album, Chris says they are in the very early days of things. “We’re still in the demoing process,” he admits. “We’re about half way done. This is the first time we have had a bank of songs there. The way that we have done it in the past has been to demo the material for the record, and then what we demo is on the record and that is that. But this time, we have a good twenty or twenty-five songs that are kicking about in various stages of completion so this is going to be the first time where we kind of get the chance to cull and pick and choose, which is pretty cool. This is the first time that we have to do a cull beyond a couple of half-baked demos that didn’t see it through to completion. So, I guess we will just have to demographically figure it out based on everybody’s favourites and more so probably around what will a more well-rounded album. I guess that is one thing to consider because there could be a whole album of bangers, but you want there to be an even flow, so I guess it comes down to whatever songs feel like they make a complete picture.”
With the band working on having the album out to the public sometime in 2018, I ask Chris whether or not some of the new music will be playing during the tour with Mew or whether that will be more of a greatest hits style package. “It will be a bit of both,” he says. “We’ll be playing two new songs, and then we’ll be playing a bunch of our older stuff – stuff that fits in with Mew. We are actually pretty big fans of Mew, and I love their album, And The Glass Handed Kites, but we are on the heavy side compared to them, so we have just tried to pick songs that sort of compliments what they do the best that we could. And I think that the newer songs do that a lot better than the older songs, so I think that is really good that we are playing that couple of new ones.”
Because of the difference in the music between Mew and Closure In Moscow, Chris admits they were a little surprised when they were asked to do the tour. “It was a little bit of a surprise,” he says laughing. “I mean, it is awesome, and I am always into eclectic bills, but yeah, it was a little bit of a shock. They are a very stellar band, and they have been at it for a very long time, and they do it very well, so it has been a nice kick in the pants as well because it has made us knuckle down and make sure that we are bringing our A-game.”
So does that mean Chris is looking forward to hanging out with Mew? “When you’re the support, I think you have to let the other band dictate that,” he explains. “It’s up to them whether they want to be bros and hang out or not. Some bands that we have toured with have been incredibly private and haven’t interacted, while other bands have been like, ‘Yeah, just take whatever you like from our green room.’ Bands like that are normally like total bros up for hanging. It is always great when you get that Holy Grail convergence thing when you meet a band that you like, and they turn out to be cool dudes. Like, we did a few shows with Fall Of Troy a while back and they were a big influence on early Closure stuff – especially for our guitarist Barrett, he was always into what was going on guitar wise with Fall Of Troy – so when we got to play with them we found them to be the biggest stone-cold chillers: they were up for hangs and just f**king about – it was great.”
Chris admits that there is always a mixture of emotions when you decide to do new tracks live for the first time. “As far as how the crowd receives them, I guess that comes down to the merit of the songs,” he says. “It depends on whether the crowd can retain the information in the songs, and I think that might be a little easier this time around because, during the writing this time, we’ve been thinking: ‘what can we take away from the song without compromising any of the seeds… like, what is the bare minimum components that this song can have but still retain everything that makes that song cool?’ So I think the new songs are probably going to translate live better for those hearing them the first time. I’m interested to see what people think of the new songs, especially in the live setting. I think people will be surprised and pleased, I hope.”
Closure In Moscow’s tour with Mew begins 10th September. All dates available via www.heavymag.com.au.