Taken from new EP ‘The Stranger’, out February 19th on Roadrunner Records UK
Radio 1’s ‘Rockest Record’ and now added to the In New Music We Trust List
Next London gig on March 3rd has been upgraded to The Underworld after the original show sold-out in less than 24 hours
After making a striking debut for Roadrunner Records UK with the sold-out EP ‘The Callous Heart’, the rise of Southampton goth-punks CREEPER continues unabated with the February 19th release of the new EP ‘The Stranger’. Hot on the heels of being added to Radio 1’s In New Music We Trust List yesterday, they build towards its release by unveiling the video for ‘Black Mass’.
“The concept behind the video is a dream that our EP’s cover character named Madeline is experiencing,” explains vocalist WillGould. “She’s in the middle of an episode of sleep psychosis with the band performing to her in her dream. She awakes to find herself in her bedroom.”
“The song’s lyrics are written from the perspective of the character of The Stranger, the heartbroken monster who is the EP’s namesake,” he continues. “They’re partly inspired by recounts of sleep paralysis, where sufferers describe seeing a ‘black matter’ or ‘black mass’ haunting them in their rooms at night, while they lie paralysed in bed.”
Produced by Neil Kennedy at The Ranch, ‘Black Mass’ captures CREEPER’s inherent sense of energy while also evoking the dramatic spirits of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman.
‘The Stranger’ EP immediately establishes a theatrical air of foreboding with the mood-setting opener ‘The Secret Society’ before the band’s love of The Misfits, Alkaline Trio and The Damned is very much in evidence throughout the pop-punk attack of‘Valentine’. 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.
Having recently added guitarist Oliver Burdett and keyboardist Hannah Greenwood to the CREEPER ranks, the band’s new line-up will debut 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 and includes their biggest headline show to date at The Underworld on March 3rd. The gig was upgraded from the original venue of The Barfly after that show sold-out in less than 24 hours. Still selling strongly, any remaining tickets for The Underworld show will be available from http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/creeper-tickets, priced at £7 in advance.
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
3rd – London, The Underworld (UPGRADED from The Barfly)
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
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.