Creeper In Session – 2021 – Past Daily Soundbooth: Music In the Time Of COVID
Creeper in session – Daniel P. Carter Show – BBC Radio 1 – August 1, 2021 – BBC Radio 1 –
Creeper in session – the first at the newly re-opened Maida Vale studios, which had been closed the better part of last year as a result of COVID. But now that Social Distancing is going to be with us for a while, studios are opening back up and bands are playing and recording, albeit at a slight distance.
Creeper formed in 2014, the group originally featured vocalist Will Gould, guitarists Ian Miles and Sina Nemati, bassist Sean Scott and drummer Dan Bratton. The band independently released their self-titled debut EP in 2014, before signing with Roadrunner Records and issuing a follow-up, The Callous Heart, the next year. At the end of 2015, Nemati was replaced by Oliver Burdett and touring keyboardist/vocalist Hannah Greenwood became an official member of the band. A third EP, The Stranger, was released in 2016 and reached the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart top ten.
The group’s full-length debut album Eternity, in Your Arms was released in March 2017. The album reached number 18 on the UK Albums Chart and topped the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart. After an extensive touring cycle, Creeper announced their break-up in November 2018 in a fashion reminiscent of the end of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character in 1973. The band returned exactly a year later and released their second album Sex, Death & the Infinite Void in July 2020, which reached number 5 in the UK. After the album’s release, Bratton and Burdett left the group, with Jake Fogarty taking over as drummer in 2021.
Formed through their mutual involvement in hardcore punk and post-hardcore groups in the Southampton area, Creeper are musically and stylistically influenced by fellow “goth punk” groups including AFI and Alkaline Trio, as well as more traditional punk rock acts like The Bouncing Souls and glam rock artists such as David Bowie. The band’s songwriting is typically led by Gould and Miles, although Nemati also co-wrote many of their early songs. Creeper were hailed by critics as one of the best new rock bands shortly after their formation, winning awards from magazines Metal Hammer, Kerrang! and Rock Sound in 2016.
Rumors of tours and visits to the U.S. in the coming months (if all goes according to plan), but in the meantime, have a listen and crank it up.
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