Indie pop band, The Close Lobsters, hailed from Paisley in Scotland and first came to prominence with the track Fire Station Towers which was included on the NME‘s famed C86 compilation, designed to bring together the best of the new independent bands appearing in 1986.
Signing to Fire Records they released their debut single, Going To Heaven To See If It Rains, in October 1986.
After landing a support slot with The Jesus and Mary Chain on their tour, they released their second single, Never Seen Before, in April 1987 (with a superior re-recorded version of Fire Station Towers and a cover of The Only Ones‘ Wide Waterways on the B-side), along with the LP Foxheads Stalk This Land.
Close Lobsters manufactured a partisan following in the UK and garnered an enthusiastic response from US college radio stations. An invitation to the prestigious New York Seminar in 1989 led to an extensive Stateside tour as the band virtually emigrated to America in a bid to crack the record market.
They released the album Headache Rhetoric and the EP, Nature Thing – with covers of Neil Young‘s Hey Hey My My (Into the Black) and Leonard Cohen‘s Paper Thin Hotel – but the pressure was too much for guitarist Tom Donnelly who departed at the close of 1989.
His ex-colleagues followed his example by taking an extended break from the public eye.
The group re-formed in March 2012 to play the second Madrid Popfest, Glasgow, the third Popfest Berlin and the 2013 NYC Popfest.
In May 2014, Close Lobsters played the Copenhagen Popfest and released a new EP, Kunstwerk in Spacetime. The lead single – Now Time – received significant attention.
In February 2020, the band released their latest album, Post Neo Anti: Arte Povera in the Forest of Symbols – their first new studio recording for over 30 years.