Creeper’s debut album is Finally here – and it’s a horror-punk smash
ETERNITY, IN YOUR ARMS (ROADRUNNER) THROW YOUR ARMS (AND EARS) AROUND 2017’S MOST ANTICIPATED BRITISH ROCK ALBUM
IT’S HERE.AT last. Finally. For all the sweat-soaked gigs, show-stealing support slots and drip-fed EPS (three in as many years), the spectre of the full-length debut from Southampton horrorpunks Creeper has crept at a pace that’s felt like something of an eternity. Good things, as they say, come to those who wait. Great things, it would appear, come to those who hold on that bit longer.and with so much build-up stacked behind it, Eternity, In Your Arms arrives like it’s been fired out of an eyeliner-streaked cannon.
Proceedings begin with Black Rain, and you immediately notice just how much more theatrical it is than anything Will Gould’s ghouls have released to date. Singles Suzanne and Hiding With Boys equally serve as calling cards for this new, more epic Creeper.the riotous Poison Pens and Room 309 are on hand to reassure fans that the mob who emerged from the shadows three years ago haven’t foregone the scrappy in favour of the symphonic, charging along like the ghost of New Jersey genre trailblazers Misfits. Elsewhere, fans of both the lush and lairy sides of the band will be united in being blindsided by Crickets, which sees keyboardist/backing vocalist Hannah Greenwood take centre stage for a quiet campfire sing-along of heart-bursting sweetness.
For all the impatience surrounding this record, there is, of course, a contingent that have been unshakeable in their dedication; and this is for them, the Creeper Cult. Many bands have used the words ‘love letter to fans’ over the years, but few have produced music that addressed their devotees so directly.this is best illustrated by closer I Choose To Live, which frontman Will says is in the tradition of Rock’n’roll With Me from his hero David Bowie’s 1974 classic album Diamond Dogs. It finds Will purring, ‘Some days I feel like crying, and I know you feel that too’ over skeletal keys and a lonesome violin. It is, quite literally, life-affirming.
The ambitious magnificence of these songs ensures they’ll inhabit larger venues in the coming years, but Eternity, In Your Arms manages an overwhelming feat above all others right now. It takes a band that everyone thought they already had the impressive measure of, and proves we’d all still woefully underestimated them. It is by turns beautiful and brash, driven and divine.to listen to it is to slip further into Creeper’s embrace, which is a very special place to be indeed. DOWNLOAD: Black Rain, I Choose To Live. FOR FANS OF: AFI, Alkaline Trio, My Chemical Romance, Meat Loaf.
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