From the opening guitar riff of Get Up and Go, through the haunting melody of Brave, to the final notes of Our Yard, GLEN CLOSER once again sets out to prove that intelligence and catchy melodies are not mutually exclusive.
With their latest effort, band mates Johnna White (bass and vocals), Joe Rubin (drums and vocals) and Jim Baeszler (guitars and vocals) meet, and exceed the lofty expectations set by their first release. Musically, it is clear that all three cut their teeth working New Jersey's highly-competitive club scene. The riffs are solid and tight, and Baeszler's guitar performs sonic feats above the solid foundation set by White and Rubin. But there is so much more.
From lyrics that border on poetic, to unique harmonies not usually associated with solid rock n' roll, Glen Closer manages to break new ground while sounding somewhat familiar. Accessible? Yes. Safe? Think again.
Simply put, Glen Closer creates music that can be enjoyed on many levels. Each member brings a diverse background of experiences and influences that, when blended together, form a sound that pays homage to the past yet pulls the listener into the future. And with their latest release, the future is looking very promising.
What the Critics said about Glen Closer's first release
OUTSTANDING musical collaborative that manages to rock out both thoughtfully and convincingly..... a truly enjoyable collection of absolutely BRILLIANT audience-, radio- and A&R-ready tunes. ~ Al Muzer
The Aquarian Arts Weekly
It's all good...MOMENTS OF BRILLIANCE. The lyrical content of the CD is everything I'd expect from three experienced songwriters. Overall, a very good CD and I HAVE NO PROBLEM RECOMMENDING IT.
The music here is EXCELLENT, full of catchy guitar riffs ... moments most bands would probably kill to achieve.
I like it. The harmonic blend of voices is INFECTIOUS! When you think of Glen Closer, think stripped down roots rock with twangy guitars, thumping bass, garage quality drums, and melodies that are almost folky in their fragile simplicity. It's the kind of worn-in music you can hang onto...know you've found something you want to keep.
A THOUGHTFUL collection of pop rock tunes, full of hooks... reflective and often POIGNANT LYRICS with a gentle serenity... While getting free music is a perk of this trade, I'd feel better if I had paid for this one. They deserve it.
ISWM INDIE PICK OF THE MONTH!
Energy that bounces off the walls! Pine View Grocery is one of those albums that you could play, and want
to hear it again the moment it stops spinning. IT IS ADDICTIVE!
An 11-track album of pop rock ...IT'S A SOLID RELEASE!
The band is talented! A little pop, a little rock and mix of folk with lots of beat. It is a CD thought
that you might want to check out!
Glen Closer has an approach to rock-n-roll that most forget-let's rock!
Pine View Grocery is solid and WORTH EVERY PENNY SPENT....Glen Closer spins a total of 11 tracks of musical splendor and entertainment.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Get Up And Go
2. Hung By A Thread
4. 7 of 9
5. Uncle Uncle
7. Branches and Leaves
8. The Sun Is Awake
9. Wouldn't Be
10. Our Yard