Closer Than We Appear / Press

“ The concert last Sunday (March 31st) at the Middle East Upstairs might be summed up best by one eager member of the concert audience who exclaimed at the end of the second opening act, “I didn’t come for you guys(CTWA), but you guys are awesome!” The music is worth checking out if you like bands like Arcade Fire and Two Door Cinema Club ”

Yuqi Hou - The Harvard Independent

“Most bands go through a lot of growing pains and numerous members before finding the right lineup. Sometimes there is the rare exception when young kids get together and everything fits perfectly. This seems to be the case with Closer Than We Appear, an alt rock band from Scituate, Massachusetts.”

“On Jan. 21, during the weekend of the world-famous NAMM Show, the finalist bands will take center stage at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif., and perform live in front of a panel of professional judges and hundreds of fans for the chance to take the title of "Best Teen Band in the USA.".Music from the finalist bands can be viewed by visiting www.schooljamusa.com . The 2012 SchoolJam USA finalists are (in alphabetical order): Almost Chaos (Santa Cruz, Calif.) Jazz Avenue (San Diego) Closer Than We Appear (Scituate, Mass.) Squash (Salt Lake City) Ergo We Play (Knoxville, Tenn.) The Hi-Tops (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Impakt (Los Angeles) The Interstellar Elevators (Weston, Conn.) ”

“ The band’s commitment to substance-over-swag is starting to pay off. On Jan. 21, Closer Than We Appear will compete in the finals of the SchoolJam USA competition at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif. It is one of eight bands from across the U.S. that will try to win $5,000 for their school’s music department ”

"One could not help but notice however, a dramatic thinning of the crowd after CTWA vacated the stage. It appeared to more than one observer, that well over 50% of the crowd had seen who they came to see and were content to bust loose and take on the night."

"Like many situations that middle school boys get themselves into, it all started with a text message on a cell phone. But this is something that the parents of Max DiRado, Jack Duff, and Gabe Goodman approved of. The three, students at Gates Intermediate School in Scituate, have won the first ever songwriting competition of the Hingham-based South Shore Conservatory, beating out about 17 other songwriters - all adults... The winning song, "Just When You Think That It's All Over,' was selected the champion by online voting and a panel of judges. The boys were put over the top not by the voting, but by the panel of judges, Goldstein said. The three boys first collaborated last year in the Gates School's annual songwriting competition. Goodman, 14, and DiRado, 13, who live across the street from one another, have been playing together for years. But last year, the two invited Duff, 14, to play with them."