Creeper, 02 Institute, Birmingham

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It’s almost as if Creeper fans can’t catch a break, much to their delight.

After the uproar that the mystery of ‘James Scythe’ created (to those who don’t know, it is a VERY long story to tell), the Southampton punks toured the UK again, but this time, bigger and better than ever before.

 

Along for the ride were Nervus, Microwave, and Can’t Swim. With the long line of eager fans wrapping around the block, unfortunately I was only able to catch half of Nervus’ set. What I did see, however, consisted of the 4 piece really giving it their all to a room full of anticipating Creeper fans. This was no issue though, as the audience were welcoming and bobbing along to their bass-filled tunes.

 

 

Next to the stage were indie-emo trio Microwave, who took absolutely no time in settling in to the environment. Their passion and energy really shone through, and after touring with Real Friends earlier this year, they have definitely upped their game.

Putting a unique spin on the evening with their hard-hitting vocals and contagious liveliness was Can’t Swim. A definite highlight of the evening, as the band really made the stage their own in the time they had. Managing to successfully fully warm up the crowd for what was to come, Can’t Swim are a band to watch out for.

 

 

An excited hum now filled the audience. Callous heart patches were almost everywhere you turned. It’s no secret that Creeper have fiercely loyal fans, and this was proved the moment you walked in to the venue. As ‘The Theatre of Fear’ began, it was instantly clear that we were in for a wild ride.

Opening with ‘Black Rain’, the first song off of Creeper’s debut album, the band instantly started as they meant to go on. An outbreak of movement around the stage, it was impressive to watch Creeper be as tight as they were. There were a few surprises in store for this tour, including live debuts of songs from ‘Eternity in Your Arms’, which sent the crowd mental.

With an array of older material and new, Creeper just had such an energy about them that could not be explained. They performed almost effortlessly, all the while all members having a large grin plastered on their faces. ‘Poison Pens’ saw the start of the endless wave of crowd-surfers, which was kept consistent throughout the night. Creeper really connect with their audience in a way that just could not be explained, but even in a large room the band really managed to keep that feeling of intimacy between them and their fans. With ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ and ‘Valentine’ from previous EP’s sending the crowd in a wild frenzy, this just confirmed that Creeper could cater to their wide audience.

A real highlight of the evening was the punchy and vigorous ‘Room 309’ in to the calm and meaningful ‘Crickets’, just how the band have it on their album. The link between the two was flawless, and pianist and vocalist Hannah Greenwood and guitarist Ian Miles really made ‘Crickets’ something mesmerising to behold. The power was then bought right back up again as the rest of the band came back on stage and straight in to ‘Hiding With Boys’.

The band powered through the rest of the set, in a notion of electric movement. Creeper have really managed to make a name for themselves, and the love their fans have for them and vice versa, proves this. As the band finished up their main set with ‘I Choose to Live’, fans had clambered on to the shoulders of others to scream the lyrics back at lead vocalist Will Ghould. A moment of serenity to finish what was an exciting and dramatic show.

As the band left the stage, the fans voiced their eagerness for more. With the encore wrapping up the night with ‘Black Mass’ and ‘Misery’, Creeper truly proved to not only themselves, but everyone in the vicinity, that they shouldn’t be stopping any time soon.

Creeper are, in one word, extraordinary. Their efforts and their passion do not go unnoticed, and ‘The Theatre of Fear’ was an evening that many will not forget.

Short person who hails from the South but living in the North. I drink too much caffeine, spend too much money on gigs and I enjoy taking photos!

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