Southampton goth-punks CREEPER have enjoyed a phenomenal rise since their debut sold-out hometown show at The Joiners last August. Having subsequently hit the road their first full tour as guests to Funeral for a Friend, they’d signed a recording contract with Roadrunner Records UK within a year. They’ve since performed at major festivals including Download, 2000 Trees and Camden Rocks.
The quintet will release their first Roadrunner Records EP ‘The Callous Heart’ on September 18th and will also play a special sold-out EP release show at The Old Blue Last on September 15th.
Another taster of the EP comes with the video for ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ which continues the story of life, love and obsession that commenced with ‘Lie Awake’. Drawing visual references to cult classics The Lost Boys and Donnie Darko, the video underlines the band’s unique aesthetic style which informs everything from their merch to their artwork.
Visually and conceptually, their inspiration comes from old school horrors such as The Exorcist, The Twilight Zone and Phantom of the Paradise, as well as films which celebrate the outsider such as Heathers and Stand By Me.
Produced by Neil Kennedy at The Ranch, ‘The Callous Heart’ builds upon the visceral blend of sweeping energy and crushing dynamics that powered their self-released debut EP. ‘The Callous Heart’ still reflects their roots – The Misfits, Alkaline Trio, The Damned – but their wider influences, from the doomed romanticism of Nick Cave to the crunch of Metallica and the flamboyance of Roxy Music and David Bowie, seep into their sound.
The EP will be available on digital and 12" vinyl formats, with the vinyl bundled with the brand new t-shirt design that features in the video for ‘The Honeymoon Suite’. Pre-orders are now open at iTunes and at the Roadrunner Records UK store for the vinyl version. ‘Lie Awake’ is already available as an instant grat track and will be joined by ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ from August 10th.
‘The Callous Heart’ EP tracklisting is as follows:
1. Black Cloud
2. The Honeymoon Suite
4. Lie Awake
5. Henley’s Ghost