by Doug Moore
We've debuted the new EP by San Franciscan psych/prog-metal troupe (and Deafheaven side project) Creepers over at Invisible Oranges this morning (the second somewhat Deafheaven-related side project we've talked about this week). From our writeup:
Creepers started as a studio project of Deafheaven members Shiv Mehra and Daniel Tracy in 2011. The two were inspired mainly by '70s horror film scores a la Goblin, but they also mixed in the black metal influence that they have become known for lately. Eventually rounding out a full lineup by adding Varun Mehra on bass and Chris Nativdad as second guitarist, Creepers' sound began to shift laterally towards a more psych/prog rock sound.You can read the whole thing over at IO. The EP is available for paid download from Creepers's Bandcamp.
Recorded as a three-piece, the self-titled release moves in and out of passages with an impressive amount of composure, retaining a layer of dark atmosphere that lurks beneath each track and rounds out the edges on this debut EP. There's a shared disciplined lethargy between early prog and psych rock that Creepers seems to know how to naturally assemble. In the second track, "Drug Vision", the sluggish fantasy of an album like Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" comes to mind.
They're also teaming up with Tera Melos for a few of the west coast dates on that band's tour with Zorch. Check out their dates, along with the EP stream, below...
Creepers - Creepers
Creepers -- 2013 Tour Dates
11/14 Che cafe, San Diego
11/15 Troubadour, LA
11/16 Rickshaw Stop, SF
all dates w/ Tera Melos, Zorch, & Sister Crayon