9 Creeper Songs You Need In Your Life
So, with Eternity, In Your Arms finaaallllyyyy here, we've been crossing out the dates on our calendar every day. As you can tell, we’re pretty stoked, so here’s a rundown of the Creeper tunes we’ve had on heavy rotation to prepare our bodies, and our souls…
Oh go on then, we’ll listen to this song one more time. It’s not like it hasn’t been stuck in the back of our minds for the last six months anyway. But, really, how Creeper can simultaneously inspire mystery and ape Don McLean’s American Pie, probably THE biggest karaoke song after Summer Nights, should be reason enough to be excited about Eternity, In Your Arms. We want it now (Now? Now. NOWNOWNOW), so roll on March 24.
The acoustical anomaly in Creeper’s history. Closing out their first EP, Will and guitarist Ian Miles hunker down to paint a sombre picture of sex and death. Go figure. It’s ace, though, and when the band kicks in for an explosive home-run it sends shivers down the spine. It also apparently points towards a quiet number on Eternity, In Your Arms. Colour us intrigued.
7. Black Mass
That Ramones-esque bassline. That fist-pumping chorus. That out-of-nowhere doo-wop bridge. This is unadulterated joy boiled down to two-and-a-half minutes of surging punk spirit. It was also the first time Creeper showed ambitions for radio airwave domination, and slowly but surely mainstream radio have been taking notice. Rightly so.
6. The Honeymoon Suite
Endless nights. Camaraderie. Punk-fucking-rock. This may be a love song that hits with the hormonal rush of a randy rhino, but in its celebratory spirit also announced Creeper as an inclusive cult with the rallying call 'Let’s get hexed / Let’s hang out.' That is, if you didn’t mishear lyrics about hollow hearts and heavy bellends…
Because Misery never goes out of style. Inspired partly by the clichés of university club nights (sorry, Bruce Springsteen), the jewel of The Stranger EP refuses to cheer up in its romantic fatalism. It’s still possibly the most anthemic of Creeper anthems, though, because really, who doesn’t like indulging in a bit of misery now and then?
4. Hiding With Boys
The most poppy thing we’ve heard from Eternity, In Your Arms so far and it’s only a swooning, romantic cracker, isn’t it? The way Hannah Greenwood’s backing vocals blends with Will’s is part of what makes Creeper’s next phase so exciting. And you know you’re dying to belt 'Loving you is killing me' at the top of your lungs when they play it on their upcoming tour.
3. Henley's Ghost
The closing track from their second EP, The Callous Heart, was the point where we knew Creeper were something really special. They’d already proven they could sweep us along with bravado and gloomy punk spirit, but with this wee hours lament they made us feel. And how with rum and coke in hand at 3am wandering down to the sea they could make loss sound like triumph.
How it all started: with a little EP and a whole lot of heart. VCR has remained a live favourite and reminds us that Creeper’s blueprint was laid early on. Heavy drama meets anthemic smarts, and with Liam Manson from Grader thrown in for some hardcore shouting, it points back to Creeper’s influences. Everything they’ve done since has built on the ambition evident here.
1. Black Rain
This is how Eternity, In Your Arms opens! Like how MCR’s Helena opened a portal into the world of Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, Black Rain paints a picture in black and purple hues as the band indulge their inner metalheads. Also, Creeper are so memeworthy you can now see what happens when Black Rain speeds up each time Will Gould flicks his hair. He flicks his hair A LOT.
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