Release Date: Mar 24, 2017
Record label: Warner Bros.
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
WHAT'S DIFFERENT: How many punk bands out there loosely base their releases around Peter Pan? This quirky and imaginative aspect of the band is what makes Creeper stand tall as perhaps the greatest punk band in recent years. Their first two EPs, as well as their new record, Eternity, In Your Arms, weave narratives together that are deeply personal. This full-length debut centers around a detective character named James Scythe, pulling you directly into this U.K.
The much-anticipated full-length debut from the English goth-punk collective, Eternity, in Your Arms arrives after a three-year build-up that saw Creeper honing their Alkaline Trio-meets-the Damned blend of glam rock and post-hardcore-kissed horror-punk in sweaty halls and drink ticket-strewn green rooms. While all of the Misfits, A-Trio, and AFI comparisons are apt, what Creeper has that those giants of bar-chord brooding lack is a keen sense for the pageantry of rock & roll, and it's that propensity for almost Meat Loaf-worthy grandeur that makes Eternity, in Your Arms so consistently compelling. It's a world where pit-worthy, minor-chord verses almost always yield fist-pumping, arms-around-your-mates choruses, and that the proceedings are shepherded by a pair of charismatic vocalists (frontman Will Gould and keyboardist/backing vocalist Hannah Greenwood), makes things all the more spellbinding.
It's not unfair to say that rock, as a genre, has been slightly uninspired for the last couple of years. Even its brightest stars - Bring Me The Horizon, Twin Atlantic - have tempered their guile for radio play. So to see a British band forging their own hearse-driven path in a theatrical, grandiose way - last seen with My Chemical Romance's 'The Black Parade' - is thrilling.
The world that they inhabit is one of mystery and intrigue, shadows and solidarity. With their debut album the band transcend their own narrative to deliver a dose of reality with enough raw power to reignite belief in even the sternest of cynics. The mystery of James Scythe, Room 309, and The Callous Heart that unfolded on the run up to this release acted as a rabbit hole gateway into rock and roll at its most theatrical.
Few bands these days could hold their fans and the industry in suspense for three years before releasing their debut album. From the off though, it was pretty clear that Southampton goth-punks Creeper were special. Until now the band have only recorded three EPs but each of those felt like a moment. Now signed to major label Roadrunner, it feels like this sextet, made up of vocalists Will Gould and Hannah Greenwood, guitarists Ian Miles and Oliver Burdett, bassist Sean Scott and drummer Dan Bratton, have got the substance to match their vision.