Closure In Moscow is a progressive rock band based in Australia. The band formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 2006, comprising lead vocalist Chris De Cinque, drummer Beau McKee, guitarist and backup vocalist Manny Zennelli, bassist Brad Kimber and guitarist Michael Barrett. Only 18 months after first forming, they signed to Taperjean Records and released their debut EP (self-proclaimed 'albumette') on April 19, 2008, titled The Penance and the Patience. They have established a name for themselves with an array of shows in their home country alongside international acts such as Saosin, Coheed and Cambria, Aiden, A Static Lullaby and Street Drum Corps.
After progressively growing their reputation, in mid-2007 they were chosen to share the stage with American band, Saosin. They caught the eye of the band and word reportedly got out to American magazine Alternative Press, eventuating in a small feature on the band in issue #229. The band signed to Australian label Taperjean Records in early 2008. Along side label-mates Fifty Sixx, Limbeck, Stealing O'Neal, As Tall As Lions and Copeland, they received added support. With "solid" radio airplay internationally, and increasing pressure to head overseas to the United States and Europe, to tend to large fan bases.
The Penance and the Patience was originally only released in Australia, through Taperjean Records. It was also available for import to overseas countries through Fist2Face, and through the iTunes Music Store as a worldwide digital download. The albumette debuted at #13 on the Australian Independent Record (AIR) album charts.
United States independent record label, Science Records, signed Closure on June 26, 2008. The label plans a digital-only release of the debut across the US on August 5, 2008. Science also has the band heading to the United States in September 2008 to begin writing songs for and work on their debut studio album, set for tentative release in late 2008 to early 2009. A US tour for September-November 2008 is also being planned.
Their style has been described as a "catchy, yet melodic, brand of progressive, avant-garde rock", by Kill Your Stereo. However, the rise of similar bands that have already entered popular culture, has all but delinquished the meaning of the saying. Avant-garde describes "those artists, writers, or musicians, whose techniques and ideas are in advance of those generally accepted, indicating Closure In Moscow cannot be categorised in this style, because of the style of previous bands such as Coheed & Cambria.