The continuing rise of Southampton goth-punks CREEPER continues unabated with the February 19th release of the new EP ‘The Stranger’. Their second release for Roadrunner Records UK, ‘The Stranger’ follows the critically acclaimed ‘The Callous Heart’ EP which is now entirely sold-out on vinyl.
In addition to the success of ‘The Callous Heart’ EP, CREEPER’s highlights of 2015 included tours with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Misfits, Funeral For A Friend, Moose Blood and Twin Atlantic; and they also burst onto the festival circuit atDownload, the Vans Warped Tour UK, 2000 Trees, Hevy and Camden Rocks.
Produced by Neil Kennedy at The Ranch, ‘The Stranger’ immediately establishes a theatrical air of foreboding with the mood-setting opener ‘The Secret Society’. The band’s love of The Misfits, Alkaline Trio and The Damned is very much in evidence throughout the pop-punk attack of ‘Valentine’, while their inherent sense of energy is infused with the spirits of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman in‘Black Mass’.
The EP’s closing two tracks really highlight the band’s growing maturity and versatility: ‘Misery’ Is stripped back to a soul-baring vocal/guitar duet before exploding into its climactic finale, and the mid-section of ‘Astral Projection’ focuses on Gould’simpassioned delivery before a final race to the finish line.
‘The Stranger’ EP will be available on 12” vinyl and digital download formats, and can now be pre-ordered from iTunes(http://po.st/StrangeriTunes) as a special package from the Roadrunner Records (http://po.st/CreeperRRStore) store which also features an exclusive new t-shirt design.
Further big news is also confirmed from within the CREEPER camp. Guitarist Sina Nemati has decided to leave the band in order to concentrate on his sound engineering career in London. In his place comes guitarist Oliver Burdett, while band’s live keyboardistHannah Greenwood, who also played on ‘The Callous Heart’, joins the ranks as CREEPER’s sixth full-time member.
They join a band that vocalist Will Gould and guitarist Ian Miles formed from the fading embers of cult hardcore favourites OurTime Down Here. The line-up is completed by bassist Sean Scott and drummer Dan Bratton.
“We support Sina’s decision, want to thank him for starting this journey with us and wish him the best,” says Gould. “Oliver is a really nice fit, and as we all know each other so well, seems really natural. Hannah is one of our best pals and incredibly talented – it feels long overdue and awesome to finally have her officially in the band. We hope you guys welcome Hannah and Oliver, and are as stoked as we are about next year.”
The new line-up’s live debut comes at the Birmingham O2 Institute on February 1st where CREEPER play as guests to Neck Deep. Their first headline tour as a sextet commences later that month.
February – HEADLINE SHOWS
20th – Weymouth, Finns
21st – Newport, Le Pub
22nd – Wrexham, Rewind
23rd – Edinburgh, Mash House
24th – Dundee, Beat Generator Live
25th – Huddersfield, The Parish
26th – Peterborough, Met Lounge
27th – Coventry, Kasbah
29th – Worcester, Marrs Bar
March – HEADLINE SHOWS
1st – Guildford, The Boileroom
2nd – Bath, Moles
4th – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
February – with NECK DEEP
1st – Birmingham, O2 Institute
2nd – Glasgow, O2 Academy
4th – Manchester, Academy
5th – Cardiff, Great Hall
6th – London, O2 Forum
April – with NECK DEEP
16th – Southampton, Guildhall
18th – Newcastle, University
19th – Leeds, Beckett University
20th – Liverpool, O2 Academy