For Closure: LA Punk Veterans Resurrect with ‘Carousel’ Single, Debut Album Set for 2024 For Closure
Reviewed by Sam Lowry

LA punk veterans For Closure, fronted by Gizz Lazlo, defy their initial farewell project status with the release of the poignant single “Carousel,” blending decades of punk experience with a fresh sound and gearing up for their live debut and debut album in 2024.

In the heart of the LA punk scene, For Closure emerges as a phoenix from the ashes of past musical endeavors. Led by the seasoned vocalist Gizz Lazlo, whose musical legacy includes contributions to iconic bands like Dr. Know, U.K. Subs, The Freeze, and Dead Lazlo’s Place, For Closure isn't just another punk band—it's a culmination of decades of experience and a fresh start.

Their latest single, "Carousel," released via Mindpower Records, is a poignant dive into the complexities of familial relationships. Lazlo reflects on the inspiration behind the track, revealing that it originated from a conversation with a friend's daughter, encapsulating the tumultuous nature of her relationship with her father. The metaphor of a carousel perfectly captures the ups and downs, the rounds and rounds of emotional turbulence within the family dynamic.

For Closure, initially conceived as a studio project to bid farewell to past musical chapters, evolved into a vibrant collective fueled by the chemistry between Lazlo and songwriter Luis Estefania. Formerly bandmates in For Sale, Lazlo and Estefania found themselves armed with a surplus of unrecorded material and a desire to explore new creative avenues. The result is a sonic journey that bridges the gap between punk's rich history and a contemporary, dynamic sound.

Recording at Studio in Redlands with producer/drummer Wal Rashidi, For Closure birthed "Carousel" in the summer of 2022. The single's success prompted a return to the studio in winter 2023, where the band meticulously crafted their debut full-length album, slated for release in 2024.

Transitioning from studio to stage, For Closure is set to make its live debut this fall in the Los Angeles area, featuring guitarist Marc Maxey and bassist Steve Wilenkin. This live evolution marks the beginning of a new chapter for For Closure, proving that what started as a farewell project has blossomed into a vibrant and exciting musical collective.

As we eagerly anticipate the release of their debut album in 2024, For Closure stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of punk rock, marrying the wisdom of seasoned veterans like Gizz Lazlo with the energy and innovation characteristic of the modern indie scene. It's not just closure; it's a grand opening for a band ready to carve its name into the annals of punk history. Keep an eye on For Closure—the ride has just begun.

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