Creeper at Koko 1.11.2018 / Louder Live
By Eleanor Patterson
Known for their mysterious and dramatic storylines, all Creeper shows are highly anticipated by fans, and their November 1 st at Koko in London was no exception, with some fans having flown in from all across the world.
Opening the show was two-piece London band Delaire the Liar, who had the crowd nodding along enthusiastically to their energetic set, which saw them play songs from their new EP (Not Punk Enough) including Medicine and Witch Hunt, as well as a cover of the well-known Nina Simone classic, Feeling Good. Following on was an act already familiar to much of the crowd from their previous Creeper support slot on the Eternity, In Your Arms tour last year. Puppy certainly got the crowd warmed up, with fans singing along and even moshing as they played a mix of songs from their discography including Demons, Arabella and their new single World Stands Still.
Despite the show being completely sold out, the venue was actually rather chilly inside which, when combined with the curtain obscuring the view of the stage as it was set up, gave the room an eerie quality and only added to the increasingly excited atmosphere.
Creeper’s set opened with a ticking noise and a spoken introduction (complete with projected lightning effects) that was mostly drowned out by screaming fans who surged forward as soon as the band appeared on the stage to begin their first song. Suzanne has become a successful opener for Creeper, and this show was just as rowdy as you would expect. After that, they went from hit to hit, barely giving themselves (or the crowd) a chance to breathe in between the songs. The first half of their set included a good mix of songs from throughout their career, including VCR, Lie Awake and Down Below, all of which saw the crowd shouting the lyrics back at the band, practically loud enough to drown them out. Throughout the entirety of the set, the crowds reacted just as fans have come to expect at a Creeper set – singing, shouting, clapping, moshing and crowd surfing, particularly during songs that haven’t been played as much recently such as Valentine, and ones that are naturally louder and more energetic such as Poison Pens and Room 309. The crowd’s energy was reflected back from the band who were also dancing, spinning and headbanging along with the music, with Will and Ian frequently striking appropriate poses for the lyrics.
As Hannah took centre stage for Crickets, the room hushed, swaying from side to side and then breaking into a chant of “Hannah!” as the song ended and the rest of the band rejoined the stage. Much like the first half, the rest of Creeper’s set continued to move, almost without pause, through their iconic discography. The crowd was completely caught up in the movement and energy of the show, to the point where it was almost surprising when Will started to speak. “Of all the shows we’ve played in the last four years, this one will remain with us for the longest, because not only is it the last show of this album, it’s the last show we’ll ever do.”
A moment of stunned silence followed this announcement as all around the room fans tried to process what they had just heard, bursting into tears and reaching to hug their friends. Although this turned out to be almost exactly word for word what David Bowie said to announce the death of the Ziggy Stardust character, it left fans at a loss as to what to think regarding the future of the band.
Misery has long been a poignant end to Creeper’s live set, but it seems unlikely it would ever have had such a reaction before. Desperate to capture what could be the last song Creeper ever play live, the air was full of phones as a room full of shocked and crying fans sang along to what has become the band’s anthem. The song ended and the band gathered in the middle of the stage as a black and white video montage of backstage clips began to play on the screen behind them. One by one, each member moved to the front of the stage, removed their jacket and placed it on the ground before exiting the stage. The montage ended and was replaced by the words “even eternity ends” as (slightly in contradiction to this message) Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again played to a crowd still in shock.
Is this the end for Creeper? It seems impossible to tell without any statement from the band themselves, but regardless, the show was definitely one worth seeing.