Creeper
Eternity, In Your Arms


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (280 Reviews)
March 24th, 2017 | 135 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A strong, persistent debut which is the best Creeper could have come up with.

Southampton's Creeper have done one hell of a good job of preparing us all for the eventual release of their debut album, Eternity, In Your Arms. In similar fashion to Upon a Burning Body, Creeper have gone from "falsely" claiming their social media accounts have been hacked, to mysteriously sending all fans a link to a new webpage, and inciting a cleverly fake kidnapping event which swiftly turned out not to be true. A surefire way to get everybody's attention. But what has all this been in aid of, exactly" Does it seek to promote Creeper's influence on this new-fangled wave of Horror-inspired pop-punk, or is it merely a cheap trick to gain infinitely more fans. Perhaps the answer lies in your perception of just how good Eternity, in Your Arms is, or maybe how much you'd enjoy seeing Creeper live. One thing's for sure, whether you like them or not, Creeper have done everything in their power to make sure you've heard of them.

Getting straight to the point, Eternity, in Your Arms oozes such confidence and aspiration that you'd be forgiven for thinking Creeper had been releasing a whole catalogue of releases and had been around for a lot longer than the band's three-year existence would have you believe. That said, it's a thoroughly engaging take on AFI-inspired pop-punk, grasping the quirkier moments of latter-day Misfits and fusing it with Alkaline Trio's deadpan albeit down-to-earth, honest narcisissm. Songs such as opener "Black Rain", "Suzanne" and "Hiding with Boys" are all successful, ambitious musical pieces which feel as emotive and soulful as My Chemical Romance at their most sombre. The band's evident songwriting strength is quite the positive boon indeed, and added snippets here and there of Olivia Greenwood's tinkling keyboard interludes or her own vocal prowess-as on the gentle, dramatic "Crickets"-make for a versatility which isn't often utilized this concisely in the world of pop punk. Greenwood's keyboard work can't often be made out with outside distractions-you have to listen closely to songs such as "Poison Pens" to notice the subtle albeit well-refined piano interplay in the background. Thankfully however, that particular instrument never quite overstays its welcome, and in that respect, the musicianship is very fluent.

For those who normally listen to other sub-genres but whose curiosity has also been aroused thanks to Eternity, In Your Arms' surrounding hype may be put off by the record's overall quirkiness however. From the band's deadpan name to the notable early AFI/Alkaline Trio/latter-day Misfits influences, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Creeper would sound somewhat more menacing that their debut actually is. Instead, we're left with a sound virtually focused on accessibility, quirky musicianship but not quite a style which seems, well, creepy. However, those expecting this who have heard the music but not necessarily paid attention the lyricism may as well be shooting themselves in the foot. This is because the lyrics make up for the almost non-existent Horror-related elements inherent in Eternity, In Your Arms. For instance, "Darling" is certainly an uplifting song from a musical perspective, but lyrics such as "I'm sick of Myself too" obviously aim for the opposite effect. Elsewhere, the lyricism plays out much like a story. In one of the album's gentler moments, "Misery", Gould can be heard serenading that "Misery never goes out of style", hinting at real-life emotional turmoil thanks to the bane of mental health that is clinical depression. I could go on, because the general lyricism here is one of the band's natural strongpoints, but it would take several more paragraphs to flesh out the point.

Eternity, In Your Arms is one of 2017's surprising debut efforts by a band that have already made a reputation based on their actions, not merely the music they craft. Consistently coming across as a confident, ambitious group of still youthful individuald, Creeper's debut effort is the very best they could come up with. It also seems like a record which prepares us for even greater things to come.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


2600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, it's been 6 weeks since I last wrote a review for Sputnik. Oh well, expect the writing to be rusty here. c/c welcome as always.

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BallsToTheWall
March 24th 2017


49664 Comments


This is up my alley. Good review.

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VaxXi
March 24th 2017


4407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are awesome, I thought this album was coming out next week. Can't wait to listen to it.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24653 Comments


linguist reviews pop-punk what

good review man, listening now and the AFI/alkaline trio comparisons seem pretty spot on. getting a menzingers vibe on "hiding with boys" too actually

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onionbubs
March 24th 2017


11540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ive heard a lot of hype surrounding this so ill likely get around to it at some point today. if it sounds anything like alkaline trio then i'm already on board

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Slinkinlip
March 24th 2017


26 Comments


Short but sweet album. It's a lot of fun to listen to. I've listened to it 3 times in the past couple of days and each listen is a good time. These guys have the potential to be huge!

VaxXi
March 24th 2017


4407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is good

accompliceofmydeath
March 24th 2017


4772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The influences definitely have me intrigued.

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AsleepInTheBack
March 24th 2017


5994 Comments


whoo, hyped to check this

FullOfSounds
March 24th 2017


15772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This band has my interest

thomasdavidge
March 24th 2017


103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Straight up love this album, no weak tracks but some massive stand outs. Darling is one of the best songs I've heard this year.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


2600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

linguist reviews pop-punk what



To be fair this is the first pop punk record I've listened to so far in 2017. Shock horror!

Soupy
March 24th 2017


40 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Decent review. I wouldn't really call Creeper a pop punk band or this a pop punk album though.

Divaman
March 24th 2017


3686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Going to have to check this band out.

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That fake kidnapping thing lol wow



Not a big of AFI or AT but will check this anyway.

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travisaurusrex
March 25th 2017


50 Comments


Super refreshing, like a mix of AFI, Rise Against and Propaghandi

Tunaboy45
March 25th 2017


16750 Comments


Had my eye on these guys for a while, singles have been alright but nothing really special.

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Tunaboy45
March 25th 2017


16750 Comments


album title makes me think of COF, maybe it's just the comma placement

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 25th 2017


2418 Comments


My housemates know these guys, they have quite the cult following here in Southampton

BallsToTheWall
March 25th 2017


49664 Comments


Gonna be sure to catch them on Warped.



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