Maybe once every decade a band emerges from the shadows and changes everything, Creeper is one of those bands. From the first time I saw them I knew something special was about to happen. The past twelve months have seen the South Coast grave-punks catapulted to the forefront of the British music scene, and if the release of their new EP The Stranger is anything to go by, they won’t be going away any time soon.
‘The Secret Society’ introduces the five track EP with ominous intensity, but when the song kicks in with ‘because we’re young’ there is an instant feeling of unity that transports the listener into the Creeper Cult, it embodies a real ‘us against the world’ quality.
When ‘Valentine’ premiered on the Radio One Rock Show’s Valentine’s Day special it was obviously well received, but just like the other songs on the record, the more you hear them the better they get. Creeper’s music is infectious and each time you listen the infection spreads a little deeper.
‘Black Mass’ is The Stranger’s well-chosen first single; whilst revealing the beautiful versatility of singer Will Gould’s voice, this song expertly demonstrates exactly who Creeper are, pure punk-rock darkness that keeps you on your toes.
Gould’s vocal performance in the stripped back fragility of ‘Misery’ echoes the emotional vulnerability of Gerard Way, yet remains true to his own style. The fastest song on the record, ‘Astral Projection’, lures us into a false sense of security before bringing The Stranger to a melancholy demise… leaving me with a strange and uneasy feeling that can only be remedied by listening to the whole thing again.
The Stranger is out now via Roadrunner Records.
Catch the band on their 1st headline tour