Closure In Moscow

Australia has slowly developing its own music scene and quality bands. Closure In Moscow is one of the latest Australian bands to make the trip to United States to kickstart their career. Bringing a more progressive mindset than most of their peers, Closure In Moscow released their first LP entitled First Temple to warm reactions from critics and music fans. This year, the band made the hot, muggy trek across the country on the Vans Warped Tour. Our staffer Matthew was given the opportunity to pick the brain of frontman Christopher DeCinque.

[email protected]: If you could introduce yourself, we can get this going!

Christopher DeCinque: Okay. I am Christopher and I am the vocalist for Closure in Moscow.

[email protected]: How is Warped going for you guys?

Christopher DeCinque: It’s been the best of times; it’s been the worst of times. Joyous, horrific, splendiferous, discombobulating. All and everything in-between. It’s been the full gauntlet of the emotional spectrum.

[email protected]: How have the crowds been for you being a band from across the sea?

Christopher DeCinque: Sometimes I think people really can tell because lately in between songs I’ve been speaking through a vocal filter in an American accent that makes me sound like a demonic overlord. I also never introduce us as Closure in Moscow from Australia, I always as Closure in Moscow from the planet Earth because everyone falls under that banner. I don’t say what street I’m from; I feel saying what country I’m from is the same thing. I’m looking at the bigger picture. Maybe I should say we are Closure in Moscow from this realm of perception.

[email protected]: You guys headline tours in Australia, is it different being the small boy here?

Christopher DeCinque: I mean, we are still small boys in Australia, it’s not like we’re doing arenas. It’s nice to have the privilege of doing your own headline touring and take time to sound check and all that. It’s just going straight from your own headlining tour to the cluster fuck shit storm of Warped is a little jarring. Even a cluster fuck becomes a rhythmic orgy of normality.

[email protected]: Is the scene in Australia different than here in America?

Christopher DeCinque: I think everything is just more mutated here. Everything is more extreme and in your face and “now” and more sales oriented and more free enterprise oriented and making money and business. It sort of poisons everything in that sense over here. Not just in music, but in all facets of society. Not to say Australia is free of that, but it’s definitely a little less mutated.

[email protected]: As a more progressive outfit in your respective scene do you feel the oversaturation is hurting the scene?

Christopher DeCinque: To be 100% honest, the only band I’ve listened to from Warped Tour that I actually would listen to for my own enjoyment was Dillinger Escape Plan and Every Time I Die. As far as the heavy side of things goes, they are cool bands. The rest of the stuff, to be perfectly honest, is horseshit. While subjective to my opinion, that subjective opinion is that it is horseshit.

[email protected]: If you had a super power, what would your super power be?

Christopher DeCinque: There is the obvious flying and that would be incredible or mind control but then the philosophical conundrum of “If you are forcing someone to do good, is it really doing good?” I think I would have to say the power to smell a drop of vinegar from 2 miles away in the ocean. Because then I could say I could do it and it wouldn’t mean anything and the government wouldn’t try to do experiments on me. No one is going to come after me, but it’s something I could claim as a party trick.

[email protected]: What was the writing process for FirstTemplelike for you as a vocalist?

Christopher DeCinque: Well, music before vocals. I find it easier to melodically write to something that has already been composed and with lyrics already to go, more intricate melodies and phrasings come out trying to fit it into something already there. I find that melodies first will always negate a more interesting melody. As for lyrics, I feel my best lyrics I do not write myself. They come autonomously when I’m just come out of the inter-dimensional recesses of my subconscious and it will bubble to the surface at any time and anything can trigger it.

[email protected]: What is the significance of the title FirstTemple?

Christopher DeCinque: Well, it’s multi-faceted. I don’t know if I want to say what it pertains to personally because then I don’t want people, if they had a different idea, to then go “oh, my idea is wrong.” No, I want people to take from it what they want. I want them to derive what they feel it means themselves. And if it’s different from mine, that’s fine. Art is subjective.

[email protected]: How do you think FirstTemple has been received?

Christopher DeCinque: I try not to pay too much atttention to how it’s liked or not. I appreciate it if people do like it, I do get stoked on that. But for the most part I am a very selfish musician that is creating purely for something I am happy with and want to create. I think if I started getting hung up on what people thought and how it was received I would be second-guessing the next thing and it wouldn’t just be what it was meant to be and it would be some contrived shitty bullshit.

[email protected]: When can we expect new Closure in Moscow tunes?

Christopher DeCinque: Probably not until the beginning of next year. After we stop touring we want to get into some writing for a few months and give it some time to really come together.

[email protected]: What are your plans after Warped?

Christopher DeCinque: I will shed dead skin cells, eat food. I will be recuperating. Some inhaling and exhaling of chemicals. There will be some blinking, I’m assuming. I’ll probably blink a lot most days. Some sleeping every day. Walking, talking to people. Yeah, so that sort of fun stuff.

[email protected]: Well, that’s all I’ve got for you. Any last words?

Christopher DeCinque: Um, nope! Thank you.

 

As we await new tunes from Closure In Moscow, make sure you check out First Temple. A copy of the record can be purchased here

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