FOLLOWING the release of their new EP The Stranger on February 19, Southampton goth-punks Creeper head out on a headline tour playing Newport's Le Pub on February 21.
Recently the bands guitarist Sina Nemati decided to leave the band in order to concentrate on his sound engineering career in London. Sina was replaced by guitarist Oliver Burdett, while band’s live keyboardist Hannah Greenwood has joined 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 Our Time Down Here. The line-up is completed by bassist Sean Scott and drummer Dan Bratton.
Andy Howells recently put questions to Will Gould about their forthcoming shows.
Where are you from and how did you all come together?
We’re all from Southampton and all met through playing bands in the music scene down here. Southampton has a thriving scene and so putting together this band was really organic.
The band line-up has recently changed to, how will this impact on the band’s sound?
I don’t think it will change the sound of the band very much, we still approach writing the songs in exactly the same way. We’ve been playing as a six piece un officially for around six months now anyway, the only new thing really is the addition of Ollie on guitar. As we’ve known him for so long though, it all feels very natural.
What’s been your best live experience?
I think playing Hevy Fest last year was a particular highlight for us, it was a really special day and the response was something we’d never planned for. Last year was a real whirlwind year of us.
You played Swansea in late 2015, and have two more Wales dates lined up in the next few months - do you enjoy your Wales visits?
I actually always particularly look forward to Wales when we’re on tour. We’ve ended up making some very good friends there and had a lot of fun. The scene seems very strong and we always have a great time.
The Stranger EP will be released in February , can you tell us more about that?
The new EP is a sequel to our last EP The Callous Heart. It is musically, a much sadder collection of songs and is structured a lot different to our previous releases. This is our favorite release yet and is something we really cannot wait for everyone to get to listen to.
What can people expect from your forthcoming Newport gig?
I think you can expect to see the next step in our story, we’re going to have new songs and new members too. It’s really exciting to be out on a headline run because it means we have more time to work with too. It will be the ultimate Creeper show.
You’ll also be playing Cardiff in March with Neck Deep – are you looking forward to that?
Very much so, those will be some of the biggest shows we’ve ever done! Neck Deep have been so lovely in taking us out for these shows, we’re crazy excited to be a part of it.
With an exciting start to the year – are there further plans for live dates and more music later in the year?
We’re always working on something, I would anticipate that there will certainly be both more shows and more music on the way soon.
Where can people hear your music?
You can check us out on YouTube, Spotify, ITunes and our first EP is still available on Bandcamp
- Check out Creeper's official website
- A version of this Q&A appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment section, The Guide, on February 12, 2016. Andy Howells is a freelance writer.