Creeper performing in 2016. Left to right: Sean Scott, Will Gould, Ian Miles, Hannah Greenwood. Not shown: Dan Bratton and Oliver Burdett.
|Associated acts||Our Time Down Here|
|Past members||Sina Nemati|
Creeper are an English rock band from Southampton. Formed in 2014, the group features lead vocalist Will Gould, guitarists Ian Miles and Oliver Burdett (who replaced Sina Nemati in 2015), keyboardist and second vocalist Hannah Greenwood, bassist Sean Scott and drummer Dan Bratton. Creeper released their self-titled debut extended play (EP) Creeper in 2014, which was followed by The Callous Heart and The Stranger on Roadrunner Records in 2015 and 2016, respectively, they released their debut full-length album Eternity, in Your Arms in 2017, which debuted at number 18 on the UK Albums Chart.
Formed through their mutual involvement in hardcore punk and post-hardcore groups in the Southampton area, Creeper are musically and stylistically influenced by fellow "goth punk" groups including AFI and Alkaline Trio, as well as more traditional punk rock acts like The Bouncing Souls and glam rock artists such as David Bowie; the band's songwriting is typically led by Gould and Miles, although Nemati also co-wrote many of their early songs. Creeper have been hailed by numerous critics as one of the best new rock bands since their formation, winning a Kerrang! Award and a Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award in 2016.
2014–2016: Formation and early years
Creeper were formed in Southampton in 2014 by lead vocalist Will Gould and guitarist and backing vocalist Ian Miles, who had previously worked together as members of punk rock band Our Time Down Here, along with second guitarist Sina Nemati, bassist and backing vocalist Sean Scott, and drummer Dan Bratton, it was Gould's idea to name the band Creeper, pleased by how it sounded like the name of a Stephen King novel and there wasn't any genre implied by it, two other names thrown around early on were Coven and Witch Cat. The quartet independently released their self-titled debut EP on 19 June 2014, which was later issued as a limited edition 12" vinyl by Palm Reader Records on 18 December; the band played their first headline show at the Joiners Arms on 1 August, followed by their first performance in London at The Old Blue Last on 13 September and a stint supporting Welsh group Funeral for a Friend. In June 2015 the group signed with Roadrunner Records and played at Download Festival for the first time; the band's second EP, The Callous Heart, was released on 18 September 2015 and launched at a special show three days before at the Old Blue Last. Later in the year, the group toured with Misfits and later Moose Blood, as well as performing at the UK Warped Tour in October.
In December 2015, it was announced that Nemati had left Creeper in order to "concentrate on his sound engineering career in London", while touring keyboardist Hannah Greenwood was upgraded to a full-time member; the group's third EP, The Stranger, was released on 19 February 2016 and entered the UK Albums Chart at number 130. The EP was promoted on a headline tour with Scottish support band Grader, as well as dates supporting Neck Deep and WSTR. In May 2016, Creeper supported Black Veil Brides vocalist Andy Biersack on his Homecoming Tour, as well as performing second on the bill for Funeral for a Friend at their final show on 21 May at the O2 Forum. In June, the group contributed a cover of Iron Maiden's "The Evil That Men Do" to Kerrang! magazine's Maiden Heaven Volume 2: An All-Star Tribute To Iron Maiden album, and in August they contributed a recording of My Chemical Romance's "This Is How I Disappear" to the Rock Sound free release Rock Sound Presents... The Black Parade, a tribute album to The Black Parade.
2016–2018: Eternity, in Your Arms
After Creeper performed at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2016, the band's Twitter account began posting images of white noise, before their personal accounts were hidden or removed. A Southampton phone number used to promote The Stranger then featured a new voicemail message, which provided a link to a website detailing "the disappearance of James Scythe", featuring references to the band's EPs. In October, the band resurfaced with the announcement of their debut full-length album Eternity, in Your Arms, along with the release of its first track and video "Suzanne". Gould offered the following explanation of the album's inspiration: "Eternity, in Your Arms is a record, this time not only about being young and heartbroken, but about transition, about age and loss. Not only the loss of life, but the loss of ourselves; the pieces of the people we were." The band later supported Pierce the Veil alongside Letlive on a tour of the UK and Europe, which started on 29 October and ran until 6 December.
"Hiding with Boys" was released as the second track from Eternity, in Your Arms on 11 December 2016 when it was premiered on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, with a music video released for the track the following day. In promotion of the album, Creeper embarked on a headline tour on 25 March 2017 which included dates throughout Europe running into mid-April, alongside support acts Milk Teeth, Puppy and Energy. At the end of 2016, Creeper topped the Rock Sound readers' poll for Best British Newcomer, as well as being featured at seventh place in the poll for Best British Band and at fourth place in the Worst British Band poll; the magazine ranked The Stranger as its 36th best release of the year. The third song and video from Eternity, in Your Arms, entitled "Black Rain", were released on 14 February 2017.
Upon its release, Eternity, in Your Arms debuted in the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart, at number 18, it also debuted at number 1 on the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart, and at number 17 on the Scottish Albums Chart. In April 2017, Creeper were nominated in the category of Breakthrough Band in the Alternative Press Music Awards. They were also nominated in the category of Best UK Band at the inaugural Heavy Music Awards, and headlined the awards ceremony on 24 August at the House of Vans in London; the band continued touring throughout 2017, including their first appearance on the main stage of Download Festival and all dates of the 2017 Warped Tour in the US and Canada between June and August. In June they announced another headline UK tour for the end of the year, The Theatre of Fear, which was described in its announcement as "a one-of-a-kind production being brought to six theatres across the country"; the band have also worked on a book titled The Last Days of James Scythe, based on the ongoing story of the eponymous character, which is to be released on 30 November 2017 by independent publishers 404 Ink.
Creeper released Christmas on 8 December 2017, a holiday EP which includes covers of "Fairytale of New York" and "Blue Christmas", as well as the original track "Same Time Next Year?" The band have supported Neck Deep on a North American tour which ended on 28 February 2018, and recently finished a tour supporting All Time Low on their Young Renegades Tour in March. Later in the year they are set to perform at several festivals, including 2000 Trees in July, and Reading and Leeds in August.
At their 1 November 2018 gig at London's Koko Venue, the band hung up their Callous Heart jackets, while Gould said "not only is it the last show of this album, but it’s the last show that we’ll ever do" (a reference to David Bowie's Hammersmith Apollo gig on July 3, 1973, where he announced the death of his character Ziggy Stardust), before leaving the stage and projecting montage of their career highlights, which ended with the words "Even eternity ends". While Bowie continued his career after his 1973 show, there is little clarification on the subject by Creeper, it is not known if the group has split up or if it is merely the end of the Eternity, in Your Arms era while the band continues, as no official statement has been issued.
The band's debut album Eternity, in Your Arms received praise from numerous music critics. Aggregating website Metacritic reports a normalised rating of 89 based on eight critical reviews, indicating "universal acclaim" for the release. AllMusic's James Christopher Monger praised the album as "consistently compelling" and "genuinely inspired". Rob Barbour of Metal Hammer described the album as "ambitious, yet perfectly executed", noting that it is "packed from start to finish with kaiju-sized choruses and without a single note out of place". Writing for Rock Sound magazine, David McLaughlin claimed that on Eternity, in Your Arms sees the band "living up to their billing as one of the UK rock scene's most compelling prospects".
Musical style and influences
Creeper have been praised by numerous music critics and commentators. Tom Connick of DIY magazine described the band's self-titled debut EP as an example of "perfectly executed punk rock", their sound has been compared to that of Alkaline Trio, AFI, and My Chemical Romance. In a later review of third EP The Stranger, Connick claimed that Creeper were quickly becoming "one of the country’s most vibrant and vital new bands". Writing in September 2014 about the group's second show, Gavin Lloyd of TeamRock described them as "one of the UK's most exciting new bands", praising them for demonstrating "a refreshing change from the majority of bands in the current rock and punk scene peddling the same ideas". In the lead up to the band's debut album, Creeper were described by numerous publications as one of the "most anticipated" new groups in rock music. Sources have also described their sound as horror punk, emo and gothic rock. 
When Miles and Gould originally conceived the idea for the band, they intended for it to be a New Romantic-influenced take on dark wave, before it eventually developed into a much more punk-influenced sound.
They have cited musical influences including AFI, Jawbreaker, Jim Steinman, Energy, David Bowie, Metallica, Tiger Army, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Alkaline Trio and the Misfits, in conjunction with taking influence from the imagery of films like Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys and Phantom of the Paradise by Brian De Palma as well as novels and plays like J. M. Barries 1904 book Peter and Wendy and its 1954 stage musical adaptation.
- Final line-up
- Will Gould – vocals (2014–2018)
- Ian Miles – lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards (2014–2018)
- Hannah Greenwood – keyboards, piano, violin, vocals (2015–2018; touring 2015)
- Sean Scott – bass, backing vocals (2014–2018)
- Dan Bratton – drums, percussion (2014–2018)
- Oliver Burdett – rhythm guitar (2015–2018)
- Former members
- Sina Nemati – rhythm guitar (2014–15)
- Eternity, in Your Arms (2017)
|2016||Creeper||Best Underground Band||Nominated|||
Heavy Music Awards
|2016||Creeper||Best UK Band||Nominated|||
|2016||Creeper||Best British Newcomer||Won|||
|2016||Creeper||Best New Band||Won|||
Rock Sound Awards
|2017||Creeper||Best British Breakthrough||Won|||
- "Southampton act Creeper continue rise with new EP". Southern Daily Echo. Newsquest. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- Day, Elinor. "We're not pretty boys, we're a punk band!': An Interview with Creeper". Retrieved 3 November 2018.
- Carter, Emily (18 September 2014). "Creeper to Release Self-titled Debut EP". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- Carter, Emily (14 July 2014). "Exclusive: Premiere Creeper's Debut EP". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- Lloyd, Gavin (15 September 2014). "Creeper, live in London". TeamRock. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- "Creeper Sign to Roadrunner Records UK". Roadrunner Records. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- Carter, Emily (8 June 2015). "Creeper Sign to Roadrunner Records, Release New Video". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- Longbottom, John (13 July 2015). "Creeper Announce The Callous Heart EP Release Show". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- Kielty, Martin (14 July 2015). "Creeper confirm Callous Heart EP". TeamRock. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- O'Neill, Christina (17 December 2015). "Creeper detail lineup change and EP release". TeamRock. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- "Chart Log UK Update 27.02.2016 (wk8)". zobbel.de. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- Trendell, Andrew (8 March 2016). "Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Black announces UK solo tour". Gigwise. Giant Digital. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
- Bridgeman, Jessica (23 May 2016). "Review: Funeral For A Friend deliver most emotional set of their career". Ticketmaster. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- Garner, George (7 June 2016). "K!1623: Iron Maiden Present The Ultimate Download Preview". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- "Introducing... 'Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade'". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- Shutler, Ali (28 August 2016). "Creeper are up to something". Upset; the Bunker Publishing. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- Hingle, James (3 October 2016). "Creeper Are Alive And They've Announced Their Debut Album". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
- Sharp, Tyler (6 June 2016). "Pierce The Veil announce tour with letlive., Creeper". Alternative Press. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- Ackroyd, Stephen (11 December 2016). "Creeper's 'Hiding With Boys'is another 10/10 amazing new track". Upset; the Bunker Publishing. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- "Creeper announce huge UK & European 2017 tour". DIY. Sonic Media Group. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
- Wilce, Tamsyn (3 January 2017). "Here's Who's Supporting Creeper On Tour". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
- "Rock Sound Readers' Poll 2016: Best British Newcomer". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
- "Rock Sound Readers' Poll 2016: Best + Worst British Band". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
- "Rock Sound's Top Releases Of 2016: 40-31". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
- Richards, Will (14 February 2017). "Creeper goth up Valentine's Day with 'Black Rain'". DIY. Sonic Media Group. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
- "Official Albums Chart Top 100: 31 March 2017 – 06 April 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40: 31 March 2017 – 06 April 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100: 31 March 2017 – 06 April 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- Al-Sharif, Rabab (25 April 2017). "Nominees for 2017 APMAs announced—vote now!". Alternative Press. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
- "Category Spotlight: Best UK Band". Heavy Music Awards. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- "Creeper to Headline Heavy Music Awards 2017". Heavy Music Awards. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- Bhagwandas, Anita (11 June 2017). "Download Festival Day Two: AFI, Creeper, Rob Zombie and A Day To Remember". NME. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
- Carter, Emily (23 March 2017). "Vans Warped Tour 2017 Line-Up Announced". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
- Carter, Emily (12 June 2017). "Creeper Announce Biggest UK Headline Tour To Date". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
- "The Last Days of James Scythe (and September)". 404 Ink. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
- "Creeper take on 'Fairytale of New York', announce Christmas EP". DIY. Sonic Media Group. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
- Trapp, Philip (9 October 2017). "Neck Deep announce second support act for US tour". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
- Paxton, Whitney (13 January 2018). "All Time Low announce support for upcoming tour". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
- "At the Drive In, Creeper and more to play 2000 Trees 2018". DIY. Giant Digital. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
- Trendell, Andrew (13 February 2018). "Here's the first line-up announcement for Reading & Leeds Festival 2018". NME. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
- Connick, Tom. "British punks Creeper just pulled a 'Bowie at Hammersmith' – is it all over?". NME. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- Gunning, Patrick. "CREEPER ANNOUNCE SPLIT AFTER LONDON SHOW". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- Jamieson, Brii (2 November 2018). "Did Creeper break up on stage last night in London?". Rock Sound. Archived from the original on 10 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
- "Reviews and Tracks for Eternity, In Your Arms by Creeper". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- Monger, James Christopher. "Eternity, In Your Arms - Creeper: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- Barbour, Rob (12 March 2017). "Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms album review". Metal Hammer. TeamRock. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- McLaughlin, David (15 March 2017). "Creeper – 'Eternity, In Your Arms'". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- Connick, Tom (8 December 2014). "EP Review: Creeper - Creeper". DIY. Sonic Media Group. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- Redrup, Zach (18 September 2015). "EP: Creeper – The Callous Heart". Dead Press. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
- Travers, Paul (17 February 2016). "Creeper: The Stranger". Kerrang!. London, England: Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
- Connick, Tom (19 February 2016). "EP Review: Creeper - The Stranger". DIY. Sonic Media Group. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- "Our Most Anticipated punk and pop-punk albums of 2017". Alternative Press. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- Dedman, Remfry (22 March 2017). "Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms: Exclusive Album Stream". The Independent. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- Dedman, Remfry. "Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms: Exclusive Album Stream". The Independent. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- "Influences: Creeper". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- "Interview: Creeper". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- "CREEPER'S WILL GOULD: "I MISS THOSE DAYS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER"". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- Richardson, Jake. "ENERGY – APPARITION SOUND". Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- Al-Sharif, Rabab (18 July 2016). "Here's a list of winners from the 2016 APMAs". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on 29 April 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- Cannon, Kristine (17 July 2017). "And the winners of the 2017 APMAs are..." Alternative Press. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- Walker, Jen (9 June 2016). "Kerrang! Awards 2016: The Winners!". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- "Winners of the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2016". TeamRock. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- "Meet the Winners of the First Ever Rock Sound Awards!". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Creeper (band).|