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CLOSENUF (debut album)


The 2005 DEBUT "Collectors" album from the Brooklyn, NY - CLOSENUF brings together fresh modern rock sounds influenced by the masters of classic rock, featuring great work from original keyboardist Adam Vicelich.
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1. Universe
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2. Can You Feel It?
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3. Music Man
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4. Upside Down
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5. Alive Forever
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6. Take It From Me
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7. The World Is Crying
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8. Lose Yourself
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9. Prose Noir
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10. At Night
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11. Difference
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12. In The Eyes Of The Rose
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13. All The Same
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14. Buy The Boat
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15. Four Days
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16. ? ? ? ?
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Album Notes
The Story of CLOSENUF'S original Line-up that led to the award winning Debut Album:
Little did we know it but Closenuf actually started when Adam Vicelich, a singer/songwriter/keyboardist and music teacher from Brooklyn, NY, met Ron Pitkin, a guitarist from Rockville Centre, Long Island, in October 2000. In adolescence, Ron's guitar virtuoso best friend took his own life, and Ron vowed to become the guitarist his friend never had the chance to be. Ron had come to audition for a band that Adam was in at the time. As fate would have it, that band broke up before Ron had a chance to join. Adam went solo for a while and recorded a demo CD; he called upon Ron to help with guitars. In the summer of 2001, the two musicians started playing open mic nights jokingly calling their group "Ad-Ron."
In early September, 2001, Adam walked into Maggio's, a local music store, and spotted a flyer hanging on the wall. Another accomplished Brooklyn singer/songwriter with his own demo CD was looking to start a cover band to raise capital and interest to eventually showcase original music. Adam called the number on the flyer and spoke to Anthony J. Foti for the first time. Finding both a sincere similarity in appreciation and influence of established artists, and a focus on writing for the same genre and fan base, the two quickly realized that they were well on their way to starting a new band.
Adam recruited a colleague, Ivan Reisberg to play drums, and Ron called on an old friend, Jeff Gallo to play bass. They set up the first band meeting on a Wednesday that September. Believe it or not, despite the happenings on 9/11, "CLOSENUF" met for the first time at the Vegas Diner in Brooklyn, NY, on September 12, 2001.
The band quickly started rehearsing classic rock covers, as well as Adam's and Anthony's original songs. Unfortunately, there were some bumps in the road. Shortly into the project, both Ivan and Jeff left the band for personal reasons leaving Ron, Adam and Anthony without a rhythm section to forge ahead with their idea.
Six months later, after lengthy auditions, Henry McDonagh III, a music teacher and accomplished soundman from Queens, NY, signed on to play bass. Interestingly, although being from yet another part of the New York City area, Henry came as a recommendation from his guitar teacher who formerly taught Ron, and graduated from the same college musical education program as Adam (small world!). Shortly after, Trey Roper, a musician since age 7 from Bayonne, New Jersey, found his place behind the drum set. Trey, in the same vein as Ron, had auditioned sometime earlier for a former band of Adam's, and that group disbanded before he could become a permanent member (ah, destiny!).
With this line-up of 5 talented and accomplished members, any of whom could front their own band, a signature sound emerged as each were challenged by the others to be the best at what they do. Since then, Closenuf has established a strong presence on the New York music scene, playing bars and clubs from Staten Island to Brooklyn to Long Island. Closenuf released an all-original rock-n-roll CD under the Wreckords Records label in 2005.
Like most projects of such extended life, some member shifts are inevitable, but this Debut album is for the rare CLOSENUF collector.

Original Press release:

DATELINE: April 11th, 2005 - BROOKLYN, NY - Wreckords Records, Inc., Brooklyn's own record label, is proud to announce the release of CLOSENUF's debut album. CLOSENUF, NY's premier Singer/Songwriter rock band since 2001, brings together fresh modern sounds influenced by the masters of classic rock to create a body of work which will stand the test of time. The 15 track fully digitally recorded all original (lyrics included) release was guided in the studio by Steve "Woody" La Cerra, editor of EQ Magazine & soundman for "Blue Oyster Cult." This body of work features the songwriting and vocalization of several of the 5 New York area band members (coming together from successful solo work) to make an album both comprehensive and broad minded. Fans from Billy Joel to Grand Funk Railroad to Matchbox 20 will finally have an album to add to their collection and play over and over again. The baby boomers and the college students can finally share in their appreciation of music both timely and timeless where you can be taken away by the sound yet stay firmly planted on the ground by the message. A debut album for those who always look for something new and exciting or haven't found an album worth buying in years. Your wait is over! Contact us to get your copy now. Musical Perfection? CLOSENUF!!

CLOSENUF Debut Album - Credits :
They are CLOSENUF:
Anthony J. Foti ­ - Vocals, Percussion,
Keyboards, Composition
Henry McDonagh III­ - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ron Pitkin­ - Electric & Acoustic Guitars,
Vocals, Composition
Trey Roper ­- Drums & Percussion
Adam Vicelich­ - Vocals, Keyboards,
Guitars, Composition

Recorded at:
Grandma's House, Brooklyn, NY
(Adam Vicelich ­ Engineer),
The Wood Shop, Brooklyn, NY
(Steve La Cerra ­ Engineer),
The Music Room, Brooklyn, NY
(Ernest Buckley ­ Engineer),
& Fastlane Studios, Brooklyn, NY
(Mike Ferrara ­ Engineer)
Mixed at: The Wood Shop by Steve La Cerra
Mastered at: The Music Room by Ernest Buckley
Produced by: Adam Vicelich & Anthony J. Foti
Additional Production Assistance:
Henry McDonagh III
Additional Arrangement: Janice Foti

Art Direction & Design: Wayne Olsen,
Falletta/Olsen Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Photography and Package Concept:
Anthony J. Foti
Front Cover Photography: Location -
Napper Tandy's, Massapequa, NY
(P. Conroy, proprietor), Photographer - John Maier (freelance - Bellmore, NY)
Album Package Reproduction: Disc Makers, Pennsauken, NJ
(Mike Fischer & Jim McGrath, product specialists).

CLOSENUF wishes to thank:
Our Almighty Creator through whom all things are possible, our dear families, friends and fans. And of course to all the great participants of this project, especially Steve "Woody" La Cerra, Ernest Buckley, Mike Ferrara, Eric Blackwood, Stephen P. DiSanti, Wayne & Phyllis Olsen, Janice Foti, John Maier, Paul Conroy, Mike Fischer, Jim McGrath, also
B-Line Studios, Maggio Music & The Vegas Diner.

Track 1 - composed by A.J. Foti
Track 8 - remember, say no to drugs always!
Track 12 - based on the writings of
Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
Track 14 - dedicated to E. Presley & E. Cochran

Copyright 2005 Wreckords Records release, Brooklyn, NY. All songs ASCAP. All rights reserved. Lyrics used by permission.
Unauthorized duplication
subject to applicable laws. CLSNFLP1




to write a review

John K.

Great CD, Can't wait for more!
This is great Rock - N - Roll
I am a recidivist purchaser as I keep giving my copies to friends. Their live act is fantastic and usually hosted by a quality local venue (bar/resturant)
What more could you ask for??


Great! Awesome! Fantastic! Fabulous!
Closenuf's cd is one of the best classic rock albums I've heard in a very long time and I highly recommend it as an addition to anyone's music collection. It's a great combination of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Hornsby, Bruce Springstein, and much, much, more. They'll definitely rock you.

Mufasa - lover of music

Destined to be classic rock artists one day!
My professional opinion - Holy Crap!! These guys rock!! Shades of Joel, Grand Funk, Steely Dan, Hornsby, Derringer and more. Finally a new band with original ideas to please those who are waiting for the next Beatles or Stones. This fab 5 can write, sing, arrange, play, solo, and move you from 70s driving music to rockabilly to even a tender ballad. Buy this album, I dare you to be disappointed!


What a fantastic CD!
This is the best music I have heard in a long time! There is nothing on the radio to listen to these days, so I always listen to their CD in my car. My favorite songs are Alive Forever, Difference and All the Same. CLOSENUF, you rock!


These guys are good.
I listen to a lot of music. I like searching for new bands that no one knows about yet. When I stumbled upon this band,Closenuf, the name made me curious. I checked out a few samples and thought, wow, these guys are pretty good. I bought the CD and I have to say I listen to it regularly which is more than I can say for some of the other CD's (already popular bands) I own. If you like rock that's original yet classic, you'll like Closenuf.

Ernest Buckley

A Great Band w/ Great Songs
What makes this record stand out from many others is that it closely reflects the bands energy when they perform live. Capturing the "live" feel of a band on record is not an easy task but ClosEnuf delivers.

The only reason I gave them 4 stars and not 5 is because I know their next record will be even better.

ClosEnuf writes catchy songs and their performances are always tight. Keep rocking. EB