Review: Creeper – The Stranger

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If there’s one band you absolutely need to hear, it’s Creeper. Since releasing two stunning EPs in 2015, they’re the first British band from the alternative underground to create real waves in recent years, and that only looks set to continue with new EP The Stranger.

High expectations surround this EP and, as we launch ourselves into our first listen, we’re on the edge of our seats in hopes that Creeper’s third release won’t disappoint. We’re led gently into The Stranger with an almost psychedelic start in ‘The Secret Society’, creating something of an atmospheric storm until the desperate yells of singer Will Gould shake us out of it with a fierce intensity, transporting us instantly into the world of Creeper.

Every band has their quirks, this popular goth-punk six-piece have harnessed their own that carry through every release, and The Stranger is no different. Despite the light pop-punk riff of ‘Valentine’, you can’t ignore the trademark dark undertones lurking beneath. This is a love song done Creeper style; mournful, morbid and melancholic.

However, let’s not mistake this band to be all doom and gloom. While they can’t help minor doses of darkness, there is much more to The Stranger than that. We hear glimmers of such in ‘Astral Projection’, which darts endlessly between relentless punk and unashamed drama. But it’s lead single ‘Black Mass’ that really is the perfect example, showing everything Creeper have to offer in one two-and-a-half-minute masterclass. From furious, chaotic punk verses akin to straight-shooters Alkaline Trio, to the theatrical creativity of such innovative bands as My Chemical Romance and Fearless Vampire Killers, Creeper throw every element of themselves into this track and show flares of pure brilliance along with it.

The Stranger is nothing short of a broadway production, with dramatic openings, climactic intervals and resolute endings, and when the curtain falls we’re on our feet giving it a well-deserved standing ovation.

The Stranger is released on 19th February 2016 via Roadrunner Records.

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