This is a three-piece band from New York City who’ve just put out their second release, Within One Stem. They’re a very throwback screamo band. If you like a band like Saetia, they’ll be right up your alley. They’ve got those heartfelt, broken-up vocals, where you can really hear the emotion with every yell, and they’ve got a lot of good voice-cracking. It’s very aggressive, too – you’ll get blastbeats, you’ll get the whole spectrum of screamo – but it’s also very sincere.
I’ve not seen them live yet, but I’ve known their drummer/singer Ryan Slauson for a long time. We first met in New York when we ran into each other on a street corner and had a really cool conversation. They've stayed in my peripheral this whole time. It’s exciting when you meet someone on tour like that, at random, then they stay around and start a band – then that band is good. It’s happened to me a few times now. The band put out another record in 2018 called All This Will Be, too, but this new one is really, really great.
I actually hadn’t seen Ryan in a minute, but we were playing Philadelphia with La Dispute a few years back, and I had gone out to grab food between soundcheck and doors. When I went back in, Ryan was there in the backstage room with [La Dispute singer] Jordan Dreyer, and I realised that they had a relationship too. It was one of those small world moments.
I think with the right attention, Closer could really end up doing something special. So check out that record and keep an eye on them.