Creeper, Kingston College

Posted: April 20, 2017 in Creeper, London, metal, music, Photography, Punk, Women
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Walking towards Kingston college I catch a glimpse of a sea of black, awash with callous heart back patches.  A lucky few will be watching, for probably one of the last times in a venue like this, the meteoric rise of Southampton goth punks Creeper.

Openers Mantra are solid enough but belt out throwaway grunge punk that you will forget the next day, especially as the sound is not great for them. Last track, I want, is probably the highlight of their set. This is quickly sorted for the main act.

The crowd are only here for one band so excitement builds when the lights drop, smoke fills the room and all there is to see is illuminated purple crosses. 


Creeper file out onto the stage one by one, with callous hearts on their backs as they prepare to start. Frontman Will Gould instantly has control of the crowd and the band fly into opener ‘Black Rain’ and it is infectious. Fans are instantly in full voice and remained part of the band for every moment of every song. The band are on form and relish the intimacy of the venue. They whip the crowd into a frenzy and obey every request from Creeper with endless circle pits; every word is sung straight back to the band. 

There is one question on the mind of sections of the audience (including myself): Am I too old for this? Sure I have been going to gigs for years and, in frontman Will Gould, the teens have their generation Z heartthrob but in the end it is about the music.

Maybe it’s the size of the venue but the atmosphere the band create tonight will live long in the memory. Creeper’s musicianship and tight harmonies create a sound which adds live edge to their songs without sacrificing emotion and this is one of the things that sets them apart. The other is the various presences on the stage. The band are not as flamboyant or charismatic as Will Gould, but what they do have as individuals and a group is a visual draw making every moment utterly mesmerising.

Keyboardist Hannah Greenwood is a hidden gem and there is real heartache etched onto her amazing vocal chords, particularly on Crickets. Her gorgeous tones really shine through, and the stripped down song is the perfect way for her to express her talent.

The dedication from the fans is intense and there is a feeling of both band and their following building something special together. The sense of euphoria that accompanied songs like Misery and I Chose To Live was only matched by the high octane energy radiating from Will Gould and throughout the crowd and leave the audience feeling alive and utterly blown away. 

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  1. Ellie says:

    This is such a great review! Summed up my feelings perfectly of an amazing night. I think if anybody asks me how good the Kingston gig was I’ll just show your review because honestly I couldn’t do it justice. Just wondering, did you get any more footage of Creeper? Would love to see more of that night to reminisce! That vcr clip is a great shot to see how fun and happy the crowd was and how on form Creeper themselves were. I have a really close Creeper friend who lives in Australia and I really want to show him what Creeper’s set was like that night. Regardless, thanks for writing this, really made me feel like I was back there in the crowd again!

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    • Thanks Ellie. Really appreciate your feedback and yeah it was a great night and great to see them in such a close knit venue. I was lucky enough to meet them a few weeks before and they are a great bunch and really down to earth. Hannah was saying she will actually go back to work part time when the tour is over.
      I will post more clips and pics in the next few days so watch out for them.
      Thanks

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      • Ellie says:

        No problem! The smaller venue was a lot of fun, I’m perhaps a little sad that this might be the last time for a while where we do get to see them at a more intimate show but at the same time I’m really happy they are moving up and on to bigger successes. I went to the Manchester show of the tour and that was also a similarly friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Oh that is so amazing that you got to meet them! I have only met them all once myself, I got to be a part of the fan Rocksound interview with them back at Brixton when they were touring with Pierce The Veil. All of them were so lovely and down to earth. They were all happy to chat with us about whatever came up, I had a long discussion with Sean afterwards about ticket touts and how it is just not worth it. Will even sang me parts of VCR when I wanted to clarify the very last chorus, some of the sweetest band members I’ve ever met. Oh that’s awesome, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for those then, thanks!

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