A trio, Closed Mouths replaces bass with synthesizer, played by Mikey Alesi, who holds down the bottom end. The songs on the brand-new self-titled tape, recorded exceptionally by Gac, are rooted in dark melody and anchored by the rock-solid synth-and-drums rhythm section. Gottlieb's muscular guitar work and sense for off-kilter and aggressive catchiness reminds me a lot of J. Robbins. The tape's nine songs are all great, and I'm finding myself enjoying them even more than the Wide Angles material. I can't wait to see what's next from these guys.
The band has 50 self-released copies of the tape available for tonight. You can hear the whole thing below.
Closed Mouths headline tonight's show; Shiloh, Empty Isle, and Mraz Volta open.