Closebye, the Dallas-hailing, New York-based band formed by Jonah Paul Smith and Julian Paint Smith during high school, bonded over an orange juice incident and later founded the band in New York City, releasing the EP “Boring the Camera” in 2017. Influenced by Elliott Smith, Aimee Man, and The Dandy Warhols, Closebye developed a distinctive folk-rock sound, performing extensively in New York City alongside renowned indie acts.
In 2022, they achieved a significant milestone with their debut album “Lucid News,” produced by Tim Bright, Josh Block, and Robert Ellis, and in 2023, they were officially selected as SXSW artists. Expanding their live performances, Closebye added Ian Salazar, Margaux Bouchgnies, and Simon Clinton to their lineup, captivating audiences with their dynamic and authentic music, mirroring the essence of Texas oranges – a harmonious blend of sweetness, sharpness, and authenticity.
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