C R E E P E R
Creeper are an English horror punk band from Southampton. Formed in 2014, the group currently features vocalist Will Gould, guitarists Ian Miles and Oliver Burdett (who replaced Sina Nemati in 2015), bassist Sean Scott, drummer Dan Bratton and keyboardist Hannah Greenwood. 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 are set to release their debut full-length album Eternity, in Your Arms in 2017.
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 Tiger Army, 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 Semati co-wrote many of their early songs. Creeper have been hailed by numerous music critics as one of the best new rock bands since forming.
Creeper have been praised by numerous music critics and commentators. Tom Connick of DIY magazine described the band's self-titled EP as an example of "perfectly executed punk rock", comparing their sound to that of Alkaline Trio and AFI. 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"