Welcome to the digital home of Closer By One! 

MOUNTAINS now available on all streaming platforms! 

After quite some time in the works, the new single ‘Mountains’ is now available on all music streaming platforms! This marks the release of one of the most personal and beautiful songs in the Closer By One catalog.

Many thanks to all those who helped make this song so painfully beautiful. *Moses Sun (string arranger), Benjamin Bynum (vocal engineer), and Ben Eggehorn (string recording & mixing/mastering engineer)

Listen to MOUNTAINS now!


New Halloween Music 

Happy to release some new Halloween music.


Tiny Desk Concerts Contest 

Our good friend Dan Portnoy told us about NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest and mentioned he'd be willing to shoot a video for submission so we decided to do a couple of songs in a small room with a handful of cameras and give it a go.

Here's the version of 'Mountains' that we submitted to the contest. We'll post another song from the shoot later.

Hope you're new year is full of good things!

- Eric Shouse & the guys of Closer By One

Musings on New Music 

The last few weeks have been a blast and a blur. About a month ago we launched the video for These Dry Bones and it's been fun to see the reaction from people!

At our show last month we also debuted a couple of new songs (Mountains Are Turned Into Sand & Staring at the Sun) and that was so fun for us. After spending so much time and energy on an album, bands tend to get so focused on that album that, once it is released, it's hard to move on to new music. But I think there is a balance between lovingly release an album (or EP) into the world while still keeping an eye on the next steos.

I'm so thrilled about what is happening with our debut album and at the same time I'm excited for how these new songs are shaping presenting themselves. 

Don't stop creating.

- Eric Shouse 

'These Dry Bones' is Here! 

Today is the day we released the video for 'These Dry Bones'.

Thanks to Dan Portnoy and all who had a hand in making the video!

In honor of the release of our new music video, all shirts and CDs in our online store are on sale! Just click on the link and check out the deals.

These Dry Bones: Video Lauches in Days 

We excited to launch the epic post-apocalyptic video for 'These Dry Bones' this week! The video will debut at the Closer By One live show this Sunday night in Eagle Rock, CA. Then on Tuesday it will be launch online to the rest of the world.

We are proud of this video and especially grateful to Dan Portnoy of Portnoy Media Group who director this sci-fi gem.

Join us for the show and keep your eyes peeled for the video next week! And in honor of the new video, everything at our online store is on sale now!

'These Dry Bones' Video Set to Launch: 

Just before the release of their debut album, Closer By One set out to the desert a few hours east of Los Angeles to film their first music video.

The video for 'These Dry Bones' is now finished and will be released next month!

The new video brings with it some surprise elements. Director, Dan Portnoy, has brought great story telling and images from a number of influences that promise to delight audiences. 

Sign up on the email list to be the first to see the video when it launches!

Other News 

THE YEAR 2014:

The new year started around here like all good new years do: celebrating with friends until way too late & waking up in time to watch the Rose Parade on TV (for the record, we watch the rerun as we generally sleep through the live broadcast).

By the way, it was a lot of fun playing in Pasadena the weekend before New Years Day. The energy was great. Thanks to all who came out!

The next few weeks will include a performance with some friends at the NoHo Arts/Ideas gathering called Popcorn. We are currently working on some larger events in the next couple of months. To stay in the loop, be sure to sign up on our email list below.

Cheers to 2014! Let the new year wash over you and bring new adventures with it!







We have been so thrilled with the response to the album! We’ve received emails and messages from people all over the world and every last one has been so great.

This is just the beginning… We are working on promotion and have some great plans ahead. But I am so grateful to each of you that has been telling people about Closer By One. You make all the difference. And you are who we’ve made this album for.

If you haven’t already dropped by, we have some merch worth checking out at our store.

Hope to see you out a show in the near future!

Truly grateful,

Eric Shouse & the music lovers of Closer By One


Hi Everyone!


The last few weeks have been amazing and a little crazy… Many of you know that my wife gave birth our son (Everett) about 10 days ago and we spent a few days in the NICU with him, but he is now home and is in perfect health!

The Album Launch Party on October was a huge success! I’ve attached a few pictures below. We were able to play the album from start to finish for the crowd, we had some food & drinks, and then the band play a few songs live… It is amazing to get to play the arrangements of these songs from the album for a live audience!

Ben Eggehorn, our producer/mixing engineer did an incredible job recording and mixing the songs and this last week the album was sent off to the mastering engineer who took the songs and gave them their final “polish”. Mastering is a process of taking the songs and running the audio through EQ, compressors and other magical processors that help make the sound more defined, warm and sometimes punchy. The mastered versions of the songs to those of who geek out on audio gear and technology sound AMAZING… to the rest of you, you might notice that the music makes you want to move or moves you more.


Tuesday (10/29) will also be the day that the album will be available at major online retailers (iTunes, Amazon, etc). Tell your friends.


The album release is just the first step to this album’s success. As I hope you already know, you are a very important part to making this album succeed. We would love it if each one of you posted about the album on Facebook, Twitter, etc. It’s especially helpful if you can include a link in some of those posts.

If we can spread the word about the band (remember Closer By One is now our band name as well as the name of the debut album) and get more people on board we’ll be able to keep making music and hopefully be able to play more shows and release more songs in the very near future.


As we started promoting ‘Closer By One’ we’d love to know what you think of the album, maybe which songs you like the most and even what kinds of songs you’d like to hear us record or play live.


I thanked all the Kickstarter supporters at the Album Launch Party, but I still feel like it wasn’t enough. You all have helped me start something that is truly a dream that I have had for a very long time… since I was a kid. I hope you’ll stay with me on this journey as grow this seed of an album into a band with catalog of albums and a career making music that moves people.

We’ll be in touch very soon!


Eric Shouse & the folks of Closer By One





Here’s a sneak peek at the new album cover… The debut album ‘Closer By One’ will be released October 29th


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