Will Gould and Hannah Hermione of the infamous Creeper took time out of an extremely busy day to discuss tour, the live shows, music and emotions…
So you’ve just come off the Andy Black tour – how was that?
Will: It was great. He was very sweet to us! He’s been a big supporter of our band and has done a lot for us. The shows were well some of them were really big and we made a lot of new friends. We had a very good time!
Did you learn anything new?
Will: I think we learn something new every time we tour with anyone so we are always trying to sponge and be in a constant state of learning every time we play any show with any band
Hannah: It was really good fun. He was such a nice guy when I met him and just so genuine, and it just was really fun! We got to meet loads of new people, all of his fans were really appreciative of us. For a lot of people who were there, it was their first show, so that was really nice. It reminded us of our first shows so it was good fun.
Favourite thing about touring?
Will: I think I like us all being together as well because we have a crew that comes with us like Mike and Jay and Jamie. On the last tour we had a lot of people come with us like doing tech, so I think what I enjoy most is just being with everyone. When I’m home and I sit down and it’s all quiet it’s odd – I don’t mind so much. It’s like a big family.
Will you always release solely on vinyl?
Will: Maybe? I wouldn’t want a CD because I collect vinyl. I always feel like vinyl when you’re a collector of music and you love buying physical music, I can’t see much of a better thing than buying vinyl because it’s so tangible. You can feel it. When I was a kid and I bought records and I had my mum’s and my dad’s records, it felt like having a piece of the band. And having the artwork that big. I think if we had to do CD’s then we would because people do constantly ask us to make CD’s but for me, I have my phone with my music on it and it changes a lot. I think I would prefer to release on Vinyl and have a download code with it but I think we probably will do CD’s.
Each album we see a new side to Creeper creatively and musically – who inspires this?
Will: I think for me, personally, my favourite artist was David Bowie growing up, he was my hero and I love the idea that there was no boundaries and that you could constantly interchange sounds and ideas and create different environments. It’s something new for the listener each time. Also I think it comes from, well I’ve been involved in Punk and Hardcore for most of my life and I found a lot of my favourite bands ended up making the same records over and over again. I’d end up listening to a first record and then not being interested in any records after because they’d be so similar. So it keeps myself interested and the listeners interested and the group interested because it’s difficult to recycle the same ideas over and over again. Also for the listeners who are our main point of concern every time we write a song its to keep them interested and involved and to make the music intelligent and artistic.
A lot of people have said they’ve related personally with ‘Misery’ and you have said at times this song is hard to play live – what does that song mean to you personally?
Will: Misery, well even the whole record, is about the things that we fear the most and for misery in particular. It is a very reflective song, it’s a song that looks back, I think the hardest thing to do as a human being is look back and to let go of the things that have been keeping you up at night and I think everyone has those things that haunt you. The Stranger is about those things that haunt you and are in the background of your life. I felt like when we wrote misery and recorded, I let go of a lot of things but every time you play it you are reminded of it and are very invested in it. I don’t think our band could play a song and not really mean it. For me it’s a hard one to play because it reminds me of a lot of the things that I’ve let go of. It’s the same sort of thing for me, it’s like looking back at memories and still having them there but knowing that it’s something in the past, it’s sort of sad. I really enjoy playing ‘Misery’ because I can connect to it a lot, when I’m onstage I take a minute to think about things and it’s good. ‘Misery’ is a song that a lot of people can relate to in a different way and everyone has those different things that they can pull from it and I think that’s what everyone loves about it.
What’s your favourite song to play live?
Hannah: I wish we played ‘Black Cloud’ more because I do genuinely really enjoy playing it. I think my favourite to play though is 'Henley’s Ghost' because it’s at the end and everyone gets their phone out and as an ender everything just comes together. So yeah definitely my favourite one to play live.
Will: I’d agree ‘Henley’s Ghost’ is my favourite, though I am very proud of the last record, I feel like ‘Henley’s Ghost’ was what we always wanted to explore as people but it had been very difficult to. The more you play together as a group of people, the more you begin to bounce off each other and trust each other with your ideas and I feel when we did ‘Henley’s Ghost’ we entered a realm of songwriting that was unfamiliar to us and that is something that we are keen to constantly push ourselves and challenge ourselves and I feel it is the most theatrical and the most ambitious song we have written to date. I love the idea that we can be playing a show and one minute everyone’s stage diving, losing their mind and circle pitting and the next minute they are in a musical, theatrical, phantom of the opera like trance. All welled up in that world. One of my favourite things about doing this band is the ability to jump from one thing to another and to polarise but still somehow come together. I think ‘Henley’s’ is just the most dynamic and we always want to end with something different but every time we try we realise this is our best song to end with so at the minute we continue to end with it. The time the records are made in are the times that they are most important. It’s like a Bowie song or someone like that, If you can’t play a song as a conviction there is no real point in playing them at all. I have no urge to be a band that is playing for a greatest hits set. I want it to be something that hits you and you feel something and you’re drawn into something and I can only do that when I really feel it as well. I look for when the energy is tangible and in the air! If I felt like the other songs were relevant now and I could do them then I would because we only have 15 songs! I feel like I’m comfortable leaving out the ones that we do. Performing the ones live at the moment that we do are the best we have. They’re the best for this time, everything has a time period.
If Creeper had to compare their live show to a movie what would it be?
Will: I think it’d be like Mulholland Drive by David Lynch, like really dark and like a lot of different things going on and by the end you’d try to figure out what’s going on but not really have a clue. That’s what I’d like to think anyway. There’s a lot of mystery, you take away what you want to take away but I literally can’t pick one!
Hannah: Maybe like Heathers, a film about young people in spirits and the pains of growing up which is what our songs are based around, there definitely could be a few.