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Denton, TX
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"Oso Closo proves that everything really is bigger in Texas. Their lush string arrangements and massive guitar solos are almost as big as burly front man Adrian Hulet's beard. Hulet's soulful vocals and piano are assisted by four alums of the renowned University of North Texas jazz program. The jazz tendencies allow a freedom and spontaneity that one wouldn't expect from a typical rock band
"On their debut album, Rest, the band makes even the most complicated songs sound easy. The technicality of 7/8 time signatures ("Reverend") and lightning-fast guitar arpeggiations ("The Friendship Song") flow effortlessly when played by a group of such talented, degreed musicians
"As for 'Poetic,' the sludgy, four-on-the-floor verses explode into dueling guitar solos and string accompaniment. They are able to tastefully meld the piano singer-songwriter and indie-rock string section with face-melting Guitar Hero extravagance.
-NPR's Open Mic, August 6, 200

"a very original rock band with insanely good musicians. ...intelligent songwriting...soulful vocals; lots of rock; incredible guitar playing...
-Bryce Avary (The Rocket Summer

"attacks each song like it's the last one they'll ever play...straight ahead pop-rock trafficking in emotions that sound best against monster guitars and delivered with the throat-shredding intensity that modern top 40 lightweights wouldn't dare tackle.
-Preston Jones (Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"grandiose, ambitious songs. ...high-concept metal guitars, less-shredded than thoughtfully executed, plus operatic sensibilities and poppy, zippy strings. ...Oso Closo doesn't give a shit about the conventions of modern music.
-Jonanna Widner (Dallas Observer

"a disarmingly talented band...at odds with both the mainstream and the indie/alt worlds...fusing self-conscious grandiosity with virtuosity, R&B-informed vocals, nerd rock angst and the lumbering aesthetics of late classic rock, Oso Closo is something new
"Rest is a surprisingly mature work, highlighting Oso's individual players, Adrian Hulet and Chris McQueen's ambitious tunesmithing, and engineer Ben Hulet's grasp of the big sound. Adrian's impassioned singing takes center stage. Similarly, McQueen's lyrical soloing is revelatory, elucidating chord changes that would daunt most of the guitarslingers in the neighborhood.
-Steve Carter (Modern Luxury Dallas Magazine

"They've developed a sound distinctively their own, with a back-woods melodic-rock beat with atypical lyrics...Adrian Hulet sings effortlessly about matters of the human condition...The quality of artistry is the common thread that holds the sound together, and the band plays tighter than gangbusters.
-Shane Epting (Harder Beat Magazine)
 
 
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