It’s been almost three years now, but it seems to be for some that mourning the end of My Chemical Romance is far from over. “It’s been 10 years since ‘The Black Parade’ came out”, they say, “They just HAVE to come back for an anniversary tour.” Well, that remains to be seen, but Southampton’s Creeper are certainly carrying that gothic punk rock sound down to a tee.
Third EP, ‘The Stranger’, continues on where last year’s ‘The Callous Heart’ left off, with tales of love and girls with metaphors of morgues, cemeteries, bats, ghosts, the colour black, and all other things dark and ghoulish. Right from the off, EP opener ‘The Secret Society’ holds a strong sense of macabre and dread, slowly building up until the huge crescendo where frontman Will Gould yells “Because we’re young!”
‘Black Mass’ is a fast-paced punk rock number that harks back to older era AFI, and is sure to get the pits at future shows pogo-ing like the floor is made of lava. Gould really shows some great improvement in his voice with the EP’s stripped down number ‘Misery’, and curtain closer ‘Astral Projection’ not only stands as the strongest end to an EP the band have crafted to date, but potentially the best song they’ve written.
With each year since 2014 we’ve had a new EP from Creeper, and each one seems to overshadow the last. ‘The Stranger’ is no different, and is another worthy addition to the band’s increasingly impressive catalogue. Guess we’ll be seeing EP number four – or maybe even an album – come 2017. Until then, expect the masses of the Creeper cult to swell exponentially.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)