Closure: Inspired By Red Wine And AC/DC

Brian Howes, vocalist for Vancouver/L.A rock machine Closure, was bitten by the rock ‘n’ roll bug early. Now he's checking in from B.C. to let the world know how that affects a fella, what happens when you drink too much wine and where he left his two front teeth... "When I was 16 I bought Back In Black," explains the affable singer.

- May 29, 2003

Brian Howes, vocalist for Vancouver/L.A rock machine Closure, was bitten by the rock ‘n’ roll bug early. Now he's checking in from B.C. to let the world know how that affects a fella, what happens when you drink too much wine and where he left his two front teeth... "When I was 16 I bought Back In Black," explains the affable singer. "I remember it was this older girl who turned me on to this band, AC/DC, and I grew up in a pretty suburban redneck place, so I remember latching on to that and thinkin', damn, this is pretty cool." With Closure's melodic rock blend, Howes, guitarist Axel Gimenez, drummer Robin Diaz and bassist Brian Jennings have seemingly mixed up Howes main influences into a recipe that radio will grab onto much like a dog does a bone. "I loved Fugazi and The Pixies, along with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest," remembers the vocalist. "I was one of those guys that never really knew who to hang out with in high school; the punkers, the metalheads or the stoners." Howes definitely learned the hard way that he really should avoid chillin' with the winos at a recent tour end show with Sevendust though. "The last show of the tour was in Madison, Wisconsin, and most of the time you end up in shithole hotels, but for some reason they put us up in a nice place," explains Howes. "And they had a wicked wine cellar, so our drummer and I love red wine, so the drummer and I start pounding wine at noon," he says with a snicker. "By the time we went on stage we'd each had about two bottles each, so I don't really remember going on stage. I jumped into the mosh pit with all the dudes in there, and one of the kids bumped my mic and chipped my two front teeth out!" Apparently the kids loved it and according to Howes he looked like Andrew W.K. See the trouble that listening to that devilish AC/DC will get you into. —Tim Melton

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