A couple of months ago, Creeper fans went wild when cryptic messages were posted on the band’s social media platforms, and this special show tonight will probably be just the start of a new road for the band. That being said, one of our contributors Ryan was lucky enough to get to the show, and if you keep scrolling, you can find out what he thought about the whole show, or a way he described it to me earlier ‘a religious experience’. Also, let us know in the comments if you were there!
It’s about 3:30 in the afternoon, and in the wake of last night’s news of a My Chemical Romance reunion, I’m feeling particularly emo as I board the train to London, armed with an iced latte despite the gloomy weather, and a ticket to a show billed as Fugitives of Heaven, this evening in the capital.
A quick Spotify search for Fugitives of Heaven proves fruitless, though. Because, of course, this mystery band is more or less confirmed to be the new reincarnation of much-loved emo rockers, Creeper. Hailing from Southampton and bearing a trio of awards for, to paraphrase it, being the best new British band in AGES, Creeper left their fans confused and uncertain of the future when they laid down their Callous Heart jackets exactly a year ago today, claiming that that night was “the last show we’ll ever do”, in the words of frontman Will Gould.
So, what lies in store for the lucky 620 fans who picked up tickets to Fugitives of Heaven tonight? I’ve got my eyeliner at the ready.
229 is a pretty standard venue, and after we’ve dealt with the massive merch queue and had a picture in front of a massive Fugitives of Heaven sign (I nearly fell into it but we don’t have to talk about that) we’re just waiting for Static Dress to start. At first glance the crowd seems like a pretty solid mix of emo teenagers, 20-something pop punk dudes in Vans, and dads – this show is 16+, or 14+ with an adult, which probably accounts for the dads. It’s a sea of Callous Heart patches, jackets and caps, so I guess if there’s one thing you can say about Creeper fans, it’s that the Creeper Cult is aptly named. These guys are the die-hards and it feels pretty cool to be among them.
Yorkshire lads Static Dress take to the stage in a burst of noise and floodlights, and these guys have got incredibly good hair for a punk band. They’ve got the kind of stage presence that means you don’t want to take your eyes off them in case you miss something, and frontman Olli Appleyard’s vocals are STRONG. This guy sure can sing, and scream as well. The production value here is great as well – there’s some kind of grungy, reverb effect on the vocals on some songs that really works. They’re the kind of band you’d see in your mate’s basement or your local DIY venue and think “damn, I really hope they make it”. I’m excited to go home and listen to their entire discography, because I didn’t think I’d be into this, but I really am. I’ve already talked a lot about My Chemical Romance in this, but the best comparison I can draw here is something between I Brought You My Bullets and Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge-era My Chemical Romance. Maybe I’ve just got MCR on the brain. Let’s do this properly.
For fans of: Boston Manor, Bring Me The Horizon, La Dispute, people from Leeds (I’m from Leeds so this is biased).
A heavy black curtain covers the stage, taking away the usual entertainment of watching the headliner set up. It’s mysterious but frustrating, because I’m sure I’m not the only one dying to finally solve the puzzle that’s been set up for us. Between sets, the sound system is playing some vintage tunes that take me back to thoughts of Grease and Hairspray, very classic Sixties, and I don’t know what this means!
After the set, things still aren’t any clearer, but one thing I’m sure of is that Creeper are the best band in the freaking world. A year off has only made them better, if that was possible, and I don’t think I’ve ever been moved around a room so much in an hour. As well as everyone’s favourite mosh pit classics, including Suzanne and Poison Pens, they brought out some special older songs too, like Honeymoon Suite, and even VCR off the self-titled EP! We even got a sneak peek of their new album in the form of Born Cold, although the song is all they can give us right now.
“We have so much to tell you… but we can’t right now.“
Thanks for that tantalising lil nugget, Will.
This was, without a doubt, show of the year for me. And that’s saying something, considering that I’ve been to a fair few absolute 10/10 ones this year. Can I give everything Creeper have ever done 11/10? Their chemistry together on stage is vibrant enough to light up a room, and they just keep getting better and better every time I have the privilege of seeing them. From the minute the lights go up to the second they say goodnight, the atmosphere is electric and every corner of 229 is full of that electricity.
I’m talking a whole lot of rubbish because honestly, I’m lost for words. It’s not often that I’m speechless.
I’d also love to give a shoutout to the Creeper fanbase. Never have I ever seen so many people willing to pick each other up, help each other surf, and scream lyrics in each other’s faces. I’m far from home tonight, but I’ve never felt safer and less alone.
Look out for the new album, all we know is it’s coming soon and if Born Cold is anything to go by, it’s a banger.