These people can write, arrange, sing and play in a league that only a few get to - with a lot of hard work and talent. Look, I'm not a big progressive rock guy, being the rockabilly "whatever it is that I am" type, but I do know, this is a group that can put together all of the skills of all of the greatest prog-rock types from the past, and make them into something great for the future. Their skills blow me away. I especially like the sound of Adrian's voice and how the guitars can sometimes go off into the land of Brian May from "Queen".
It's all kind of a mind blower. Check 'em out.” – Jim Heath, aka The Reverend Horton Heat "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, 2007 "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) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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