Since their formation in 2014, Southampton punks Creeper have embarked on a meteoric rise, with their three EP’s all hailed as impressive by a plethora of critics and fans. The remarkable quality of the music itself alongside recognition from major music platforms (they won Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards last year) created a huge amount of hype for their debut effort.
At 2000 Trees Festival last year there were arguably more Creeper jackets than trees themselves, but was this pressure too much for the band? It certainly wasn’t; Creeper have delivered a stunning debut album in the form of Eternity, In Your Arms.
The image and identity of the band seemed to be fully formed prior to Eternity, In Your Arms which isn’t always the case for a lot of bands in such an early stage, and it shines through. They sit in the realms of horror, goth punk, with a strong theatrical side that we haven’t seen since the obvious likes of My Chemical Romance. Eternity, In Your Arms is a concept album which wholly encapsulates these theatrical elements, and it truly feels like a journey when listening to it.
The opening track Black Rain is thunderous; moving from a sparkly piano opening which wouldn’t be out of place in the West End, into a colossal chorus highlighting huge ambition from the band. The album retains the high energy with Poison Pens, comfortably the heaviest song from the band to date; with fast paced guitars and bellows of “Love is dead, hang your head” which hark back to the debut EP. The double-header of singles Suzanne and Hiding With Boys demonstrate the band’s abilities to write dramatic, grand rock songs, albeit with the verses of both songs sounding very much alike. Misery needs no introduction – clearly the highlight of their previous EPs, the band wanted to extend the shelf life of this track, and there’s no wondering why. It fits perfectly in the sequence of the album, and it remains a gigantic song that is destined for arenas. Room 309 follows in the path of Poison Pens, reassuring listeners that there is still a sharp edge in Creeper.
If you were told there would be an acoustic, country song prior to hearing this album, you would wonder how on earth it would work; but it really does. Hannah Greenwood’s keyboards and backing vocals add so much more to the theatrical sound of the band, but she takes centre-stage for Crickets, which is a special moment on the record. The song flows seamlessly from Room 309 and showcases Hannah’s unique, emotional raw vocals, demonstrating yet another dynamic of Creeper. The aptly titled Winona Forever is fun, bouncy and will no doubt be a fan favourite. It’s the final song however, I Choose To Live, which truly encapsulates why Creeper are an exceptional band. It’s a real call to arms anthem, in which Will directly addresses listeners over grandiose pianos, guitars and trumpets.
Eternity, In Your Arms is ambitious, and it’s hard not to see Creeper venture into bigger venues off the back of it. It’s clear that Creeper are a special band, and this debut album proves they are an enormous prospect in not only the British rock scene, but all over the world.