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Under normal circumstances, naming your band Creeper—the same band moniker as the fictional mullet rockers from FUBAR—would be considered a hoser sacrilege. But when you give’r as hard as these four GTA-based degenerates do on their latest 7” Exhaustion (out now on NCJT Records), such a transgression is easily forgiven.
Much like Montreal’s Black Ships and Maryland’s Surroundings, Creeper specialize in devastating burn-out hardcore. As such, Exhaustion is an apt title; the tunes here marry venomous hardcore songwriting tropes with the lethargic, lumbering sounds of sludge metal. Side A’s “Get a Grip” (streaming right) opens up with a convulsive 3/4 blitzkrieg before settling down into a slow, elephantine stomp. What’s evoked is a two-headed behemoth making its sluggish incursion into a helpless village; amps squeal, a bass rumbles, and guitars lurch dissonantly while vocalists Zach Van Horne and Colin Farquharson roar dark, bloody, and from the bowels.
Of course, Creeper’s no one-trick monster; Side B, which consists of two songs conjoined as one, sees stickman Leo Dubovitsky blow his technical load. “Sucker” starts off with a looming doom riff, only to explode into a merciless d-beat fusillade, intercut with stop-start dynamics, two-second non sequitur tempo changes and straight-up rock moments. “Deadbeat” more or less does the same—but on speed. Arsenic-dipped guitar carnage coalesces symbiotically with high-velocity, ADD-afflicted percussion—cymbals implode and drums tumble over each other as beats are turned inside out, outside in, upside down, and wrong side up. Things end off with more subsonic, slow-motion sludge; the ravening beast dog-tired after the havoc it’s wreaked.
Most recently, Creeper was thrown onto a four-way split tape released by DIY label A Mountain Far. Look for these hardcore carnivores to tour extensively this spring and summer. Also expect them to release a full length soon, but not too soon; they’re sort of tuckered out at the moment.