Closest Relative is the music of songwriter Jack O'Connell, and the assorted cast of musicians he surrounds himself with. The songs of Closest Relative are lyrically-driven observations and stories set to an array of melodic, guitar-driven indie-folk backdrops.
After over a decade of playing guitar in punk, indie-rock, and garage-rock bands throughout Ohio, Jack O’Connell challenged himself to begin writing his own songs. In the spring of 2015 he was in a serious motorcycle accident that left him with two amputated fingers on his fretting hand. Determined not to let the accident affect his passion for the guitar, he worked tirelessly to build up strength and function in his injured hand and began developing methods of playing that worked around his limitations. Once he was confident in his abilities again, he finished writing and recording his first EP, “Messes”, released in May of 2017.
His follow-up EP "This Tree is Base" was released in September of 2018, and saw Closest Relative push the songwriting into expanding directions, with touches of alt-country, and eerie dissonant punk, in addition to the familiar lo-fi indie folk sounds of his previous work.
Immediately following the release of “This Tree is Base”, Closest Relative went on an extensive 8-month eight-month tour dubbed the "Everywhere All The Time Tour". The tour spanned from September 14th of 2018 to May 17th of 2019, and took place everywhere from historic concert venues to DIY basement spaces all throughout the United States, spreading the poignant lyrics, wild stories, and compelling musicianship that Closest Relative shows are known for.
Since returning from tour, Jack O’Connell has been working on a new record, playing both solo and full-band shows, and looking forward to the next big adventure for Closest Relative.