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Closedown is the name of two bands.

The earlier Closedown was one of the earliest American shoegaze bands. They existed for only a few years in the early 1990s and released their sole album, Nearfield, in 1994. Closedown were an early American shoegaze band that released the album pictured to left called Nearfield in 1994 though the ambient/electronic dominated label Silent Records. That could possibly be a small reason as to why this album isn’t better known than it is among shoegaze fans or just music fans in general. There is a fair amount of chill electronic/ambient material throughout the album, but in a few ways Nearfield reminds me of the brilliant album Quique by Seefeel that managed to be successful in being sort of a crossover success among the underground. Nearfield isn’t that type of album, but it shares a few similarities between it that I think is neat. The album takes on the same approach using waves of light distortion off and on throughout it, slowly and meticulously introducing layer upon layer. One of my favorite tracks off the album, “Red Oval” even comes close to matching the same type of powerful pulsing monotonous beat that eventually lulls you into a trance like state after awhile and then seven minutes have just flown by. Pretty solid stuff if you ask me. Nearfield is sort of an album of halves though, partly made up of slowly rising mood driven ambient pieces and then the glisten and sparkle of something similar to that of Slowdive, which they do very well I might add.


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  • shoegazr

    sweet stuff...

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Suicidal_Boy

    trois-rivieres !!! <3<3<3<3

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • NarooN

    Damn, Red Oval is simply one of the best gaze tracks ever recorded.

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • NarooN

    Nearfield ftw.

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • heliotropic2005

    @ Yama - Don't worry, I know, I just think that young groups like the emo Closedown should do a little research before deciding on that name.

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • windtreestars

    Aquila is lovely

    28 Sep 2010 Reply
  • rfcorriveau

    Il y a 2 groupes nommés Closedown. Les photos sauf la principal et les clips sont de celui que je connais...

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Yamamanama

    @Heliotropic There's a Cure song with that name.

    6 Nov 2009 Reply
  • goycrew

    bliss +1

    12 Jul 2009 Reply
  • tanyapoison

    really nice ^^

    12 May 2009 Reply
  • Vitallity

    closedown <3

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • heliotropic2005

    How hard is it to choose an original name?! Pretty hard, evidently.

    24 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Malign_Paradigm

    Just uploaded a picture of the Shoegaze Closedown, vote for that.

    23 Jan 2008 Reply
  • nativepride83

    OMG..Look what I found! A T-Shirt signed by Closedown. How cool is this I never thought I would ever get my hands on a signed Closedown item. If you want to bid on some awesome items that I found visit this link. There is this item up for grabs and many others. I think the auction page said that new items go up every week too.

    14 Nov 2007 Reply
  • SigmaSixxx

    It can't be easy being a 'post-rock' band with the same name as one of the greatest shoegaze bands of all-time. You have my condolences.

    28 Jan 2007 Reply

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