Horror Rock act, Creeper, are set to release the new EP American Noir on July 30th via Roadrunner Records. The EP represents an epilogue to the narrative told in their critically acclaimed, Top 5 album Sex, Death and The Infinite Void and is released almost a year to the day of the album’s first anniversary. American Noir is a requiem to the album’s central character Roe, which explores his partner Annabelle’s grief and desolation following his death.
Frontman Will Gould commented, “This new EP is comprised of material we’d written over the course of the last album. Lavish and tragic, it tells the story of the days following the death of our protagonist Roe. Beginning with ‘Midnight’ you’ll find Hannah and I experimenting with our voices together like never before.”
American Noir is today launched alongside its lead single Midnight. Indicative of another bold, unexpected yet entirely natural evolution in the Creeper sound, it’s a fitting introduction to the EP as a whole. The interplay between Gould and Hannah Greenwood is more fully realised than ever before. Blending his velvet croon with her most prominent vocals to date, their duet really brings the story’s characters to life. The song is also brave enough to continue to up the stakes, rising from the introduction’s cinematic piano and culminating with the fiery intensity that the band have become renowned for.
Greenwood’s vocals also take centre-stage on the mournful gothic romance of Ghosts Over Calvary and the funeral march elegy of the closing ballad Damned and Doomed. Elsewhere, America At Night reprises Gould’s lyrical gift for crafting poetic pop culture references and amplifies the drama with stirring strings and a searing solo, traits which resonate even more theatrically within One Of Us. It also features three interludes: the tone-setting Midnight Militia, The Drowning Room, and the John Carpenter-esque Frozen Night.
The EP continues Creeper's creative collaboration with Xandy Barry, who also produced ...Infinite Void.
American Noir is now available to pre-order here and will be released on digital and physical formats.
The standard vinyl is a single-sided screen printed vinyl (replicating the style of their debut self-titled EP), which features the lightning bolt from the Sex, Death and the Infinite Void cover. There are two limited edition vinyl variants which are available exclusively from Creeper's official store, one featuring Roe and the other featuring Annabelle. The store also offers two limited edition cassettes, each with alternate artwork. A standard CD is also available.
Ahead of the EP’s release Creeper will play a set for the There Is Light series, which streams exclusively on Twitch at 8pm BST (midday PDT / 3pm) on July 25th. They will be just the second artist to feature on the platform’s new UK series.
The band will hit the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August, before embarking upon a major UK headline tour in December. It represents their first headline tour since the release of Sex, Death and The Infinite Void, and their first since their apparent “final” show at KOKO back in 2018.
‘American Noir’ tracklist:
1. ‘Midnight Militia’
3. ‘America At Night’
4. ‘Ghosts Over Calvary’
5. ‘The Drowning Room’
6. ‘One Of Us’
7. ‘Damned and Doomed’
8. ‘Frozen Night’
Upcoming UK shows:
28th - Reading Festival
29th - Leeds Festival
December 2021 Headline Tour
15th - London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
16th - Brighton, Concorde 2
17th - Birmingham, O2 Institute
19th - Glasgow, Garage
20th - Manchester, O2 Ritz
21st - Leeds, Beckett University Students Union
Creeper have also just been announced for Download Festival UK 2022.
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