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Closed Campus has played in Austin, Laredo and downtown McAllen spots like Thirsty Monkey and Flying Walrus.
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Closed Campus band members Angel Mora, Rob Borrego, Ben Ybarra and Karlos Rossel.
McAllen band Closed Campus plays a blend of hard, punk, alternative, acoustic rock to create a sound all their own. Angel Mora, the mastermind behind creating the band, talks about how his dream of starting the band began during his senior year in high school. During that time he wrote songs and contemplated creating the band. A year later, in 2011, he met up with Rob Borrego, Ben Ybarra and Karlos Rossel and started playing gigs around McAllen.
To make a name for themselves, Closed Campus has played in Austin, Laredo and downtown McAllen spots like Thirsty Monkey and Flying Walrus. They recently added Yerberia Cultura to their venues list. As a strategic plan to stay fresh for their fans, the band has made a conscious effort to only play once or twice a month, so that fans would recognize the times they played as special events.
Another strategic move the band makes is to release singles about once a month, then release a collection of them in album format with one or two new bonus tracks. Because they write and produce their own music, they are able to control the message in each track. They bring the same dedication and independence to each music video on their website http://closedcampusunlocked.com/music. While they know people who can assist in making videos, they prefer to produce their own and use them as a means to promote the narrative arc in the original song.
Currently, the band is promoting their latest album “First Thought at Midnight.” The title that was inspired by the group members’ insomnia and the fact that each track was written in the middle of the night. A band for millennials, Closed Campus shows the love for their fans by providing the single tracks on their website free of charge. Those interested in seeing them live can find their schedule on their web page or follow them on Facebook @ClosedCampus.
By Mary Ann Escamilla