Closer is a three-piece heavy emo/post-hardcore act formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2016. Ryann Slauson, Griffin Irvine, and Matthew Van Asselt had all been playing together and separately in various other projects for many years, but this is the first joint songwriting venture the trio has undertaken together. The band began when Matt and Ryann ran into each other outside of a practice space and made a spur of the moment plan to play together later that day. The first Closer song was made up on the spot. Griffin joined on shortly after and the three quickly released a demo and began playing shows. All This Will Be is their 2018 full-length debut album, released on Lauren Records.
"It's amazing how much stuff you can fit in a great hardcore song. "Gift Shop," the first thing we've heard from the new New York band Closer, has rushing, expressionistic black metal grandeur. It has twinkly, evocative Explosions In The Sky-esque guitar-chimes. It has enough time-signature switch-ups to leave your brain reeling. It has at least one moment where the rhythm section clicks into warlike lockstep and just conquers. And it has a feverish, committed performance from singer Ryann Slauson, who puts her entire soul into her brooding, raging, larynx-destroying wail. "Gift Shop" is two and a half minutes long, but it feels like an epic. And it also feels like the beginning of something." – Tom, Stereogum