Closure In Moscow + The Dear Hunter (USA)
Australian party-prog rockers Closure in Moscow have announced further Australian tour dates in support of their new album ‘Soft Hell’ for May/June 2024.
Following a sold out album launch at Melbourne’s Howler last week, the band will return to Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane with support from alternative rock icons THE DEAR HUNTER (USA) & the legendary prog-pop of TOEHIDER.
‘Soft Hell’ is the band’s third album and their first new album in 9 years, following Pink Lemonade (2014), First Temple (2009) and their debut EP ‘The Penance and the Patience’ (2008). Produced by Grammy-nominated and ARIA-Award winning producer Andrei Eremin, the record has already earned critical acclaim and accumulated over 1 million streams since its release in October. It debuted at #1 on the Australian 100% Independent Charts as well as #6 on the Australian Album ARIA Charts.
The band have spanned a wide range of genres across their releases – from post-hardcore and earnest punk rock, through to progressive rock, soul, funk, avante-garde, chiptune and experimental electronic rock.
It is fitting then that this tour lineup also features two of the most eclectic and exciting bands of the past 15 years.
THE DEAR HUNTER will return to Australia for the first time since 2009, playing a 50-minute set of material from across their catalogue. Known for charismatic frontman/songwriter/guitarist Casey Crescenzo’s series of concept records and forays into prog, rock, folk and everything in between, they have built an ardent following worldwide which have seen them sell out theatres across North America and Europe.
TOEHIDER, fronted by uber-talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Mills, are Australia’s most prolific prog group, with over 30 releases since 2008. From prog metal to folk, alt rock to instrumental soundscapes, Toehider has done it all. Notably however, this tour will see Toehider celebrating the 10th anniversary of the seminal 2014 record ‘What Kind Of Creature Am I?’ by performing it in full for the first time ever at all 3 shows.
About Closure in Moscow’s Soft Hell:
“Soft Hell is a new level of dedication and execution for the band. It’s a damn near perfect blend of what fans want, what the band needs and what Closure in Moscow is capable of...the boys have once again proved they are masters of themselves and true innovators of their craft.” – Fecking Bahamas
“It’s incredible how well produced everything is…it sounds glorious and unbelievably cohesive…I’m here for all of it in its unrelenting glory.” – Everything Is Noise
“Their collection of fuzzy minded groove cuts make up for the year not spent playing air guitars on makeshift dance floors to their music.” – The Soundboard
About the new album, the band says:
It’s finally here for you, the last 9 years distilled down to 50 minutes. We’ve put blood, sweat and years into this, and fully believe when you hear these tracks, the wait will have been worth it. The new album is called “Soft Hell.” Getting comfortable with chronic discomfort caused by the choices that fears and trauma lead you to make. This is life in a soft hell. There are enough distractions to stave off facing up to it, you can keep yourself in denial to avoid it, and things can just keep ticking along. Life becomes a fever dream of creature comforts and time killers, floating further into a lake of fire. People come along to pull you out, but they too get burned when you feel too stuck to climb with them. Thank you to everyone that had been patiently waiting for new music. Everyone involved with working on this went so above and beyond because they believed in it, and we hope you hear what they heard too.