Close2Death was formed in 2005 by lead guitarist Chad Anthony and drummer Mikey Mike Caiazzo, along with Mike Fennimore on rhythm guitar/vocals and Matthew Lund on bass. Wanting to add lyrics to the screams, the band found its missing link with new lead singer, Dee Dial from Austin, TX. With personnel changes and Dee's powerful voice, we stepped into the studio and recorded our first EP "Y" (2007) with Brian Jimenez on vocals and Ben Longwell on bass. It was produced and recorded by established musician, Billy Graziadie of Biohazard at Underground Sound Studios in South Amboy, NJ.
To promote our EP, we began to play local shows in the NYC area. We started landing gigs at Kenny Castaways, The Bitter End, Crash Mansion and Webster Hall. We then branched out into New Jersey and Pennsylvania playing shows at Six Flags Great Adventure, Starland Ballroom and Bootleggers (PA) among many others. The EP received positive reviews and a good deal of college and Internet Radio Airplay in the U.S. and U.K.
"The production of Y is outstanding and all tracks have a very full sound with great changes, breakdowns, choruses and smart song writing. The female vocals are superb with the backing harmonies and the added male screamer gives more of a hard edge. The pop aspects really make some of these tracks radio friendly and they fit the wave of material that is getting airplay at this time. The album shows diversity. The guitar and drums are a powerhouse and they really bring the punk side of things into play. The pop ballads work great at singles and the harder songs are great for anyone who picks up this album and is looking for something that is pop music that really rocks." ~A&R Select
Due to unfortunate circumstances, there was a breakdown in the band, causing a setback in the production of new music. Close2Death managed to stay active as we spent an enormous amount of time trying to find new musicians to fit the bands chemistry. In 2011, Nicholas Grasso joined C2D as our new drummer, with Mike Fennimore taking over the bass guitar and backing vocals. Having settled our personal issues, we went back into the studio and recorded our new EP, Fallen Faces. It was produced and recorded by John Pennino of Phrygian Studios in Staten Island, NY.
Close2Death has many goals it is looking to achieve. As we speak, we are working on the production of a new EP, adding a new twist to our sound that has never been heard before. We truly appreciate everyone who has stood behind us through both good times and bad. Special thanks to Underground Sound Studios, Phrygian Studios, Dan Minicucci for his amazing photographs and who has been there for us from the very start. We would also like to thank Devin Cruz, Sergio Kantariya, Kasha Wojcicki, Tim Carrier and to Mr. Jim House who has been by our side every step of the way. Now most importantly, to all of our fans, we truly appreciate every one of you for all of your love and support! We are blessed to have such fans that hold your hand when your down and help carry you back to the top. We can't wait to give all of you another round of awesome music!