After playing the biggest headline show of their career at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Creeper have released their brand new Christmas EP. Previewed by their take on The Pogues’ festive favourite, Fairytale of New York, the EP features two other new recordings. There’s the band’s own Xmas song Same Time Next Year?, as well as a stripped-back version of Blue Christmas, the enduring seasonal standard made famous by Elvis Presley.
Creeper are putting the finishing touches on 2017 by sharing their take on The Pogues Xmas classic, Fairytale of New York. It’s a faithful adaptation which adds some raw Creeper energy to the original, as Will Gould and Hannah Greenwood add some of their own flourishes to their reprisal of Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl’s duet. The track will feature on the band’s new Xmas EP which will be released on December 8th. This weekend also sees Creeper embark upon the Theatre of Fear UK tour which will take their theatrical presentation to a whole new level.
It’s been a magnificent year for Creeper, their debut album, Eternity, In Your Arms, crashed into the Top 20, they sold out their biggest headline tour to date and made their main stage debut at Download. Creeper have now shared a video for the new single version of the pivotal album track, Misery, which collates footage from recent shows, from intimate club gigs to the Download main stage. This summer will see Creeper play all dates on this summer’s North American leg of the Vans Warped Tour, which they’ll follow with their debut Canadian tour in November with Silverstein, before they then return to the UK in December to embark upon their Theatre of Fear headline tour, that will feature an ambitious new stage production which will elevate the band’s renowned theatrical presentation to a whole new level.
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Having just made their triumphant main stage debut at Download Festival this year, Creeper are looking to build on the success of their Top 20 debut album, Eternity, In Your Arms, with the announcement of their biggest UK headline tour to date. The tour features an ambitious new stage production which will elevate the band’s renowned theatrical presentation to a whole new level, the Theatre of Fear tour includes their biggest London show to date at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and concludes with a homecoming show at Southampton’s Guildhall. Creeper have also been confirmed to play all 41 dates of this summer’s North American leg of the Vans Warped Tour. Creeper will also be releasing their new single, Misery, on the 7th July.
You can stream Misery via Spotify here
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Academy 2, Manchester, UK25th March 2017
By AJ Phink
Spring has finally arrived in Manchester and as the more then welcome, and long overdue, sunshine arrives a patch of darkness descends upon Manchester in the shape of Creeper, tonight is the first date of their European tour that is in support of their debut album, Eternity, In Your Arms, that was released via Roadrunner Records just prior to the tour. Accompanying Creeper on the UK leg of their tour is an impressive bill of support acts in the shape of Milk Teeth, Energy and Puppy, tonight the Academy 2 is completely sold out, the crowd is noisy and vibrant and the turn out for the support acts, and the variety of t shirts on display, indicates that each band has bought along its own noisy and dedicated following.
Fresh from signing to Spinefarm Records, London based trio Puppy occupy the early slot on the tour, they open proceedings with some doom laden tones that for me channel the spirit of the early recordings by Black Sabbath combined with kind of the pop hooks that the likes of Weezer deliver. Whilst the singers unique vocal style seemed to divide opinion amongst those around me, and their style may seem slightly at odds with the rest of tonight’s bill, their short set of poppy proto metal seems to warm the crowd up nicely and they appear to go down well with the majority of the sizeable crowd who have already made it into town for the early start to tonight’s show.
The crowd at tonight’s show is distinctly youthful, something I will always take as a positive sign for the health of the UK’s punk scene, and the venue is almost packed to capacity by the time Boston’s Energy take to the stage for their debut appearance in the UK. They open with a slow burning instrumental that builds in intensity before their set kicks off in earnest, Energy are a band that certainly live up to their name, they deliver a welcome blast of melodic hardcore, that is a distinct contrast to Puppy‘s opening set, that brings a frantic hard edged shot of adrenalin and punk rock to tonight’s show. Energy‘s set carries a distinct horror punk undercurrent, especially with their most recent single, The Witching Hour, that is of course included in their all too short appearance tonight. Their set of hard edged punk hits the spot nicely and saw the first, but not the last, chaotic moshpit of the night and towards the climax of their set there was an enthusiastic outbreak of crowdsurfing. This is Energy‘s first visit to the UK, their powerful and impressive set of punk rock has undoubtedly won them a new set of converts on this side of the Atlantic, myself included amongst that number.
Milk Teeth continue the full tilt assault with a set of fuzzed up punk rock that adds another dimension to tonight’s bill. Their sound reminds of bands such as Verruca Salt, L7, The Muffs and Babes In Toyland, but for me it’s delivered with a sharper cutting edge, and of course a punkier sensibility. The intensity of their set builds up and delivers some pummelling punk rock that is of course exactly what the crowd wanted. This is Milk Teeth‘s first show of the year, and they’ve certainly hit the ground running as by the third song in their set the mosh pit is back in business and crowd surfers are keeping the security staff busy. Milk Teeth;s sound combines elements of grunge, alternative and of course good old fashioned punk rock to stunning effect, their all too brief set, that is largely culled from their superb 2016 album, Vile Child, produces a series of anthemic numbers that, like Energy‘s impressive set before them, has left me wanting to hear a lot more by both of tonight’s main support acts.
Following the superb set from Milk Teeth there is a lengthy gap Before Creeper make their eagerly awaited appearance, largely because the stage has undergone a transformation into what can only be described as Vegas Halloween chic, complete with illuminated neon tombstones. I last encountered Creeper supporting The Misfits in the academy basement in 2015, they’ve come a long way since I last saw them as their following seems to have grown considerably over the last few years, as their appearance draws nearer the venue sees a distinctly more gothic contingent added to the crowd in the already packed Academy 2. The lights drop and an raucous chant rings out, then the tombstones illuminate and then their set kicks in with their emotive horror tinged punk rock. This is a different band to the one I saw supporting New Jerseys finest, everything has changed and you get the distinct feeling that Creeper are destined for bigger things. Creeper channel rock, horror punk and emo influences to crowd pleasing effect, they have developed a loyal and energetic following and they play a set of the kind of material My Chemcial Romance used to deliver so well in their heyday.
Creeper play their set to the energetic and sweaty crowd that seem to know every word and chord throughout the first night of this hefty European tour, even if it is on a stage that looks as though it came straight off the set of a higher budget musical remake of Plan 9 From Outer Space. The spring weather finally arriving, tonight’s good natured crowd, the Academy 2‘s unobtrusive security and it’s efficient bar staff have combined to ensure that atmosphere at tonight’s show was perfect, add the four bands that made up tonight’s line up into the mix and you can see why tonight’s show was completely sold out. For me Milk Teeth and Energy stole the show tonight with their raw edged punk rock, but I suspect that I’ll be in the minority on this one judging by the crowds delirious reaction to a triumphant set by Creeper that saw my photographer for the night, Mike Maffia, almost buried under a hail of crowd-surfers and stage-divers at the start of Creeper‘s set.
Creeper‘s official website can be found here
Puppy can be found on Facebook here
Live photography by Mike Maffia
You can click on any of Mike’s photos to view a slide show of the images
Released last Friday, Creeper’s debut album, Eternity, In Your Arms, has been met with widespread critical acclaim, with many praising their unique combination of potent punk rock fury, flamboyant theatrics and ambitious storytelling. Now the band present the conclusion of their Eternity, In Your Arms video trilogy by unveiling its final chapter with a new film for the key album track Misery.
Eternity, In Your Arms can be ordered via Creeper‘s website here
The video for Eternity, and Creeper‘s tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
Energy formed in February of 2006 in Massachusetts, over the last decade, Energy‘s signature style of sombre, melancholy melodies and introspective lyrics, combined with infectiously poppy hooks, has truly cemented them as one of Boston’s most unique bands. Following on from the UK release of Energy‘s critically acclaimed album, Apparition Sound, the brand new single, The Witching Hour, is a continuation of frontman Tank‘s full creative vision for the future of the band.
The Witching Hour is out now and available through all usual digital platforms.
You can view the lyric video for The Witching Hour, and Energy‘s tour dates, below Read More…
UK pop punk outfit Neck Deep has premiered a new music video for Smooth Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors, a track taken from their latest full length Life’s Not Out To Get You which dropped back in August via Hopeless Records.
Watch the music video below along with upcoming tour dates alongside State Champs, Creeper, Light Years and WSTR.
Southampton, UK goth-punk outfit Creeper have announced a couple of lineup changes; Oliver Burdett has replaced Sina Nemati on guitar and live keyboardist Hannah Greenwood is now a full-time member. The 6 piece have also announced a new EP titled The Stranger which is due to drop on February 19th via Roadrunner Records.
The band are supporting Neck Deep on their upcoming UK tour, check out the full list of dates below.