Close Call was formed in Washington DC in the fall of 2007 by four young musicians. The band's roots and origin had a typical "garage" beginning, playing music and practicing in family basements. The band's earliest performances consisted of cover songs...
Close Call was formed in Washington DC in the fall of 2007 by four young musicians. The band's roots and origin had a typical "garage" beginning, playing music and practicing in family basements. The band's earliest performances consisted of cover songs by such diverse influences as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, U2, R.E.M., the Gin Blossoms, Collective Soul, Tom Petty, Santana and Cream. Within six months, the band was writing and arranging its own original music, which has been performed live at a number of local venues. The sound of the band respects its classic rock influences -- from the Beatles to Bob Dylan to Bruce -- while attempting to create, define and capture the sound and sensibility of rock music for another generation. Alex Crowe, the band's drummer, talked about his enthusiasm over having their songs up on OurStage.Com: “It’s incredibly exciting to know that the music we put together is being heard and enjoyed by people all over the country.”
All of the band's members have strong and varied musical backgrounds. Vadim Medish, on lead guitar and backing vocals, studied both piano and violin before he picked up his first guitar. He has studied at the Washington Conservatory and the Berklee College summer guitar sessions in Boston, Massachusetts. Vadim is now the "gear guy" of the band, who not only defines the band's guitar-driven sound, but builds and modifies his own guitars. Ben Hilburg, who provides both rhythmic drive and melodic counterpoint in his bass lines, also is a talented guitarist and drummer. Thomas Hopson, the band's rhythm guitarist, lead vocalist and lyricist, studied classical guitar for a number of years before acquiring his first electric guitar - a $100 Les Paul knockoff.
According to Thomas, songwriting was a natural outgrowth of all four members' love of performing for an audience. "We weren't trying to create any completely 'new sound.' We just wanted to see if we could write songs that people would like and that would in some way stand up to the incredible variety and quality of music we all grew up listening to." Last winter, Close Call recently completed recording its first EP "Way Out" with Mark Williams at Suckerpunch Studios in Bethesda, Maryland. The EP currently is available for download on Amie Street and iTunes.