Southampton has a chequered musical history to say the least. Obvious success stories such as Craig David and much loved indie rockers The Delays don’t really tell the story of the south coast city’s music scene. There’re a lot of bands from Southampton, and it’s time more people started paying attention.
Leading the charge are gloom punk rockers, Creeper. Formed after the demise of several local punk bands the five piece came together to make music for the purpose of having fun, and potentially play a few shows. They dropped their first music in June 2014, and the self-titled Creeper EP immediately piqued the interest of many within the music industry. Stand out track ‘Gloom’ being a highlight of a fascinating debut.
The band hit the road and built a reputation for having a fearsome live show. Frontman Will Ghould bouncing around on stage like his life depends on it while an ever growing army of fans sing back every word like he wrote it about their own lives. Roadrunner Records snapped the band up and challenged them to build upon the foundations the band had built with their first release.
The Callous Heart EP is one of the best British rock releases of 2015. In an era where we’re lucky to have bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Don Broco and Lower Than Atlantis all plying their trade, Creeper more than match their contemporaries. The Callous Heart demonstrates a band discovering their potential, playing as hard as they can and putting every last drop on tape. It is a remarkable release that hits you like a train and leaves you wanting more.
With their first ever full headline tour booked for early 2016, a support slot with Neck Deep and a debut album surely looming. 2016 looks like it will be a good one for the south coast gloom punks.