Creeper – Glasgow, O2 ABC - 3 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Monday, 18 December 2017 04:40

In​ ​terms​ ​of​ ​touring, ​we​ ​haven't​ ​seen​ ​Creeper​ ​in​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​much​ ​since​ ​their​ ​earlier​ ​trip​ ​in March. But​, earlier this month, ​they​ ​came​ ​back​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​entertain​ ​and​ ​pull​ ​everything​ ​out​ ​to​ ​make​ ​one​ ​hell​ ​of​ ​a show.​ ​Welcome​ ​to​ ​Creeper’s​ ​Theatre​ ​of​ ​Fear​ ​tour.   It​ ​was​ ​the​ ​first​ ​night​ ​of​ ​tour,​ ​which​ ​in​ ​itself​ ​is​ ​always​ ​very​ ​exciting​ ​because​ ​you​ ​don't​ ​quite know​ ​what​ ​to​ ​expect​ ​and​ ​what​ ​the​ ​night​ ​will​ ​bring.​ ​

 

First​ ​to​ ​take​ ​on​ ​the​ ​crowds​ ​were​ ​Nervus. They​ ​definitely​ ​had​ ​the​ ​right​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​energy​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​to​ ​a​ ​Creeper​ ​crowd​ ​and​ ​made​ ​sure​ ​that people​ ​got​ ​involved. ​ ​Their​ ​energy​ ​on​ ​stage​ ​was​ ​contagious, ​ ​specifically​ ​from​ ​their keyboardist​ ​who​ ​was​ ​dancing​ ​along​ ​to​ ​every​ ​song​ ​at​ ​every​ ​possible​ ​opportunity, but everyone​ ​loved​ ​it​ ​and​ ​responded. ​ ​It​ ​was​ ​a​ ​great​ ​band​ ​to​ ​open​ ​up​ ​the​ ​show​,​ ​leaving​ ​the crowd​ ​wanting​ ​more.  

 

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Can't​ ​Swim​ ​took​ ​to​ ​the​ ​stage​ ​next: ​ ​a​ ​five​ -piece​ ​rock​ ​band​ ​who​ ​knew​ ​how​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​everyone engaged​ ​as​ ​they​ ​played. ​ ​The​ ​upbeat​ ​tempo​ ​either​ ​had​ ​you​ ​bobbing, ​ ​nodding​ ​or​ ​dancing along​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​set​ ​-​ ​those​ ​who​ ​knew​ ​the​ ​songs​ ​were​ ​singing​ ​along​ ​every​ ​chance​ ​they​ ​got. This​ ​was​ ​another​ ​band​ ​where​ ​the​ ​energy​ ​coming​ ​off​ ​them​ ​was​ ​infectious, ​​every one​ ​of​ ​them giving​ ​it​ ​their​ ​all. ​ ​The​ ​lead​ ​singer​ ​from​ ​Microwave​ ​joined​ ​them​ ​for​ ​one​ ​of​ ​their​ ​songs, providing​ ​guest​ ​vocals​ ​and​ ​screams​ ​while​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​rocked​ ​out​ ​on​ ​stage​ ​for​ ​their​ ​final​ ​song​ ​of the​ ​night.  

 

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Microwave​ ​took​ ​the​ ​stage​ ​as​ ​the​ ​main​ ​support​ ​band​ ​for​ ​the​ ​tour​ ​-​ ​a​ ​band​ ​not​ ​so​ ​local,​ ​all​ ​the way​ ​from​ ​Atlanta,​ ​Georgia.​ ​The​ ​four​ ​piece​ ​played​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​selection​ ​of​ ​songs,​ ​making themselves​ ​stand​ ​out​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​for​ ​the​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​music​ ​they​ ​played.​ ​Everyone​ ​on​ ​stage​ ​had​ ​a shining​ ​moment,​ ​but​ ​all​ ​worked​ ​together​ ​to​ ​put​ ​out​ ​a​ ​brilliant​ ​set​ ​list​ ​that​ ​ensured​ ​everyone would​ ​be​ ​moving​ ​along​ ​to​ ​it​ ​guaranteed​ ​-​ ​there​ ​didn't​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​once​ ​be​ ​a​ ​quiet​ ​moment​ ​on the​ ​stage​ ​while​ ​they​ ​occupied​ ​it.  

 

Creeper​ ​began​ ​their​ ​set​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​that​ ​I've​ ​never​ ​seen​ ​done​ ​before.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​know​ ​anything about​ ​Creeper​, ​and​ ​the​ ​stories​ ​they​ ​build​ ​around​ ​their​ ​music,​ ​you'll​ ​know​ ​about​ ​their characters:​ ​and​ ​a​ ​bonus​ ​on​ ​this​ ​tour,​ ​two​ ​of​ ​them​ ​were​ ​here​ ​to​ ​kick​ ​start​ ​the​ ​set.​ ​Opening with​ ​what​ ​seemed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​staged​ ​mechanical​ ​failure,​ ​quickly​ ​following​ ​by​ ​character​ ​James Scythe​ ​warning​ ​the​ ​crowd​ ​about​ ​someone​ ​coming,​ ​then​ ​quickly​ ​moving​ ​into​ ​Madeline​ ​who moved​ ​into​ ​the​ ​opening​ ​of​ ​’Black​ ​Rain’,​ ​introducing​ ​Creeper​ ​to​ ​the​ ​stage​ ​in​ ​a​ ​flare​ ​of​ ​purple lights.​ ​Behind​ ​them,​ ​a​ ​large​ ​The​ ​Stranger​ ​backdrop​ ​had​ ​flashing​ ​lights​ ​coming​ ​from​ ​his​ ​eyes giving​ ​even​ ​more​ ​to​ ​the​ ​show.  

 

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They're​ ​also​ ​a​ ​band​ ​that​ ​don't​ ​disappoint​ ​with​ ​what​ ​their​ ​fans​ ​want​ ​and​ ​listened​ ​to​, ​something that​ ​they'd​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​hear​ ​live​ ​since​ ​their​ ​debut​ ​album​ ​came​ ​out,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​song​ ​was​ ​’Winona Forever’,​ ​which​ ​took​ just ​the​ ​first​ ​note​ ​to​ ​get​ ​everyone​ ​bouncing​ ​off​ ​the​ ​floor​ ​and​ ​the​ ​first​ ​of​ ​the crowd​ ​surfers​ ​began.​ ​Another​ ​live​ ​debut​ ​of​ ​the​ ​night​ ​was​ ​’Room​ ​309’,​ ​which​ ​again​ ​had​ ​one of​ ​the​ ​biggest​ ​receptions​ ​of​ ​any​ ​show​ ​I've​ ​seen.​ ​We​ ​momentarily​ ​brought​ ​the​ ​tone​ ​down​ ​for one​ ​very​ ​much​ ​loved​ ​song​ ​as​ ​everyone​ ​in​ ​the​ ​band​ ​bar​ ​Hannah​ ​and​ ​Ian​ ​stayed​ ​-​ ​and​ ​that could​ ​only​ ​mean​ ​one​ ​thing,​ ​’Crickets’.​ ​A​ ​brilliant​ ​song​ ​which​ ​is​ ​always​ ​revived​ ​with​ ​smiles from​ ​the​ ​crowd​ ​and​ ​lighters​ ​in​ ​the​ ​air.

 

They​ ​played​ ​through​ ​everyone's​ ​favourite​ ​songs,​ ​ending​ ​the​ ​set​ ​with​ ​’I​ ​Choose​ ​To​ ​Live’, which​ ​everyone​ ​was​ ​into.​ ​Hands​ ​were​ ​in​ ​the​ ​air​ ​and​ ​everyone​ ​was​ ​singing​ ​along​ ​as​ ​loud​ ​as they​ ​potentially​ ​could.​ ​When​ ​returning​ ​for​ ​their​ ​encore​ ​songs​ ​and​ ​indeed​ ​the​ ​last​ ​song​ ​of​ ​the night,​ ​’Misery’,​ ​the​ ​room​ ​was​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​shout​ ​for​ ​one​ ​last​ ​time.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​those​ ​songs where​ ​the​ ​band​ ​could​ ​get​ ​off​ ​with​ ​not​ ​singing​ ​whatsoever​ ​because​ ​the​ ​crowd​ ​just​ ​take​ ​over and​ ​get​ ​so​ ​into​ ​it​ ​-​ ​and​ ​judging​ ​from​ ​the​ ​reactions​ ​of​ ​the​ ​band​ ​on​ ​stage,​ ​they​ ​were​ ​loving every​ ​minute​ ​of​ ​it.  

 

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Creeper​ ​are​ ​a​ ​band​ ​that​ ​never​ ​disappoint​ ​when​ ​you​ ​see​ ​them,​ ​and​ ​tonight​ ​was​ ​definitely​ ​no exception.​ ​They​ ​gave​ ​all​ ​their​ ​energy​ ​into​ ​each​ ​and​ ​every​ ​song,​ ​playing​ ​music​ ​from​ ​across their​ ​discography​ ​and​ ​catering​ ​to​ ​everyone's​ ​needs.​ ​The​ ​whole​ ​night​ ​was​ ​brilliant,​ ​and definitely​ ​a​ ​band​ ​that​, ​if​ ​you've​ ​not​ ​caught​ ​yet,​ ​​should​ ​most​ ​definitely​ ​be​ ​on​ ​your​ ​bucket list to see.

 

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