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CD REVIEW: Rog and Glenn  - Close the Club

by: Cyrus Rhodes




Artist: Rog and Glenn

CD:Close the Club

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://www.closetheclub.com/#

Genre: Electronic Pop, Progressive Rock, Jam Band

Sounds Like: Supertramp, King Crimson, Great Big Sea, Gary Neuman, Gary Wright

Technical Grade: 9/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: That’s What You Get, Close the Club, Thing that Goes

Weakness: A few winded songs, dated sound




Rog and Glenn are an interesting musical collaboration that comes to us from North Carolina. The album is the result of a weekend improvisation session which we later edited and layered.  It came from the idea of "wouldn't it be funny if guys like us tried to make dance music", but came out as a quirky 70s meets 80s kind of vibe.  We have been described as "Robert Fripp does dance music". Band members include: Jeremy Cayton (Drums), Shawn Robers (Auxiliary Percussion), Rusty Blanton (Lead Guitar) (tracks 4 & 10) and Roger Brandon and Glenn Hubbard on everything else.
The CD kicks things off with melodic intro track “That’s What you Get” a melodic guitar/keyboard driven intro groove meshed against driving rock rhythm, emotionally charged vocal delivery and a grand slam Chorus. Track 2 “Started Like This” serves up another slamming electronica Rock ditty with melodic musical flow coupled with hooky vocal accents and infectious dance vibe. Track 3 “One of Them” shifts gears a bit with it's methodical musical intro eventually lending itself into an amazing musical crescendo meshed with infectious beat and thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of Supertramp, King Crimson, Great Big Sea, and even a tad of Gary Neuman and Gary Wright. Right from the start you will notice Rog and Glenn feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. Besides the 4 piece standard the overall musical vibe has a nice, melodic poppy, hooky feel to it. The guitar playing is rock solid across the board as Rog/Glenn and company dish out impressive guitar licks, rock solid rhythm guitar, well placed Organ and Keyboard accents meshed with lush vocal harmonies layered everywhere and catchy beats and sonic rhythms. All songs are highly original and deliver much in the way of creativity, passion and recklessness abandon. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a standard 4 piece standard. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. The production quality is rock solid with crystal clear high end clarity and solid low end punch. I especially like the live session feel you get from the record – almost as if your watching a band play live in an intimate club setting. Lyrics and song meanings are a huge curveball. From dynamic “Notch” to smooth flowing “Have a Good Time”  to danceable “Thing that Goes” and “Club Can’t Handle” to psychedelic “Hit the Wall” to heartfelt “Pr Kma” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 130 “Close the Club” ountry Blues” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.


All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.  All songs sound a bit dated to me reminiscent of music popular 20+ years ago. 

In close - Close the Club by Rog and Glenn is an impressive poppy, hooky 13 song release. If these guys have a slam dunk live presentation then that would be a deadly combination indeed. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate and highly entertaining – and clearly prove these 2 are on to something special. One would be wise to keep a watchful on these 2 over the years to come.

Cyrus Rhodes