Will reminisces on an absolutely MASSIVE year.
Creeper were winners of the Best British Breakthrough award at the first ever Rock Sound Awards powered by EMP.
In the magazine vocalist Will Gould looks back over a massive year for the band. Here's a taste:
HOW WAS THE STUDIO ATMOSPHERE? DID YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAD ON YOUR HANDS WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO EVERYTHING ELSE OUT THERE?
“It was a very stressful environment. I think Creeper inherently are quite a difficult group to work with and I always really admire our record label our manager and people like that who put up with us, because we are a fucking nightmare.
Stupidly, really, we decided to block ourselves in and do our own thing. We knew Neil Kennedy [producer] really well, obviously he’s recorded all of our stuff, so it was kind of really isolated. We were inside making this weird record, and the publisher came in one day to hear it and he heard it in its very earliest form which was almost like an hour-long opus that had an intro song on it that sounded a bit like ‘Five Years’ by David Bowie. I loved that song but we had to lose it because the record was so over weighted.
I think on paper what a lot of people would've liked Creeper to have done is just become a spooky pop-punk band. To be involved in that pop-punk scene and just do some spooky songs. Unfortunately we were just never going to do that. There’s elements of that in our sound, but to some people who were just expecting us to write something different, they got something else! I remember someone at the label saying it was one of the best reviewed records they’d ever worked in the end.
I was really proud of that because it showed if they kept with us it was all going to be okay, and it kind of gives us some faith in us in the future the next time we do something.”
THE TOUR AROUND THE ALBUM FELT LIKE A REAL WATERSHED MOMENT FOR THE BAND, TOO. IT FELT LIKE THE MEETING OF THE TWO ERAS OF CREEPER. IT WAS VISCERAL BUT ALSO GRAND. DOES THAT REPRESENT WHERE YOU GUYS WERE IN 2017?
“I think it was the step into the sort of thing that we’d envisioned. We hadn’t envisioned it originally because we never thought we’d play anything but the Joiners in Southampton, but every time we’ve been given a little bit of rope we’ve always tried to something special with it. The more we’ve been allowed to do and the bigger rooms that people have sold out for us, the more of a show we want to put on to make it unique and special and something that’s worth going outside for.
I think it really did represent that, but you have to bear in mind as well that the tour we did just before that headline tour was one of my favourite tours. We were on tour with Waterparks in the United States. It hasn’t been documented very well, that tour, but it’s probably my favourite tour we’ve ever done because we were out in America and we were in a converted party bus.
Our friend sorted us out, he borrowed all of this gear – a bass cab and Hannah had a keyboard that didn’t have sustain pedal; it had like a DJ setting on it. We were just borrowing all of this gear and inside that bus there were loads of weapons for some reason. Inside this bus there was a bow and arrow, there was a nightstick, there was a machete… There was all of this in there and we got pulled over by the cops loads of times. We were sleeping next to each other, Hannah was sleeping on the parcel shelf – she called it the Princess Bunk.
The bus wasn’t suitable for touring and travelling across the country, so it broke down a million times, we had to get pulled out of this onion field by this Mexican farmer who came and saved us. The window above the parcel shelf smashed one night and just showered Sean with glass and then there was a blizzard and all the water came in through the window and broke Oli’s phone, and then at the end some hornets nested on that little parcel shelf, they just got in while we were doing the show. That’s one of my favourite tours.
So the tour following that was this big production, the first step into a grander production. We had our own bus, and it was the flipside of things and as much as the headline tour was absolutely a watershed moment for me and for the band, there’s still a really chaotic and exciting part of the band that often goes a little unnoticed. That was literally the two sides of the coin and I love them both quite dearly.”
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