“What’s happening to my band and my life is a dream come true,” starts Will Gould. Yesterday he abandoned the flumes of Splashdown waterpark in Poole to watch the reaction – via mobile phone in the adjoining café – to his band announcing their singing to Roadrunner Records. The label is responsible for releasing the likes of the Misfits’ ‘Famous Monster’, Slipknot’s self-titled debut and is home to Marmozets, Lamb of God, and now Creeper.
“It was such a crazy reaction, I was completely overwhelmed and ended up out of the pool for ages trying to respond to people. It was absolutely manic, really humbling. We’re getting to do things that are beyond belief,” he continues. “We’ve signed to Roadrunner Records, we’re about to play Download and today we announced support shows with The Misfits. I can’t put across how crazy it’s been.”
“We’ve had a lot of people rooting for us,” says Will, a mixture of pride and disbelief. “Everything we did, people kept coming to shows and people kept offering us stuff. It was growing very naturally but very quickly which is unlike anything that’s ever happened to any of us before. A bunch of different labels got in touch but Roadrunner is the perfect fit for our band.”
“Their label is part of our history. The first alternative records we bought, were from them.” Slipknot’s Self-Titled drove Will to his first concert, 2001’s Ozzfest, inspired him to make a paper mache Corey Taylor mask one Halloween and, in no uncertain terms, “blew my mind,” while the Misfits’ ‘Famous Monster’ soundtracked youthful romance, from sitting on the school bus to “making out with my first girlfriend,” he reflects. “Once that offer was on the table, we were never going to go anywhere else. I believe in that label. To be part of their history is amazing.”
“We’re the underdog in a lot of ways,” he suggests. “I feel like a lot of people are bored of the lad rock thing that’s big at the moment and we’re the antithesis of that. It’s nice that everyone’s behind us, but this feels like a win for everyone. When Gnarwolves first started out, they opened the door for us in a lot of ways. With us doing this now, maybe other young bands will have a platform and a window to go through,” Will offers.
“It’s got completely out of control,” he laughs a few minutes later. “It’s really more than we could ask for. I don’t know how it’s happened but we’re really grateful. We’re going to write some great songs to warrant us being in this position,” he says confidently.
The first song released through Roadrunner lives up to his promise of greatness. ‘Lie Awake’ is a tempered flex of fragility and clenched fist defiance. “It’s the ultimate Creeper song,” states Will. “It shows off what our band does as a whole. I was having trouble sleeping while we were on tour with Bayside. That happens to me a lot. A lot of my friends suffer from similar things, you just lay there and overthink absolutely everything. It feels like the end of the world. There’s this line from the chorus, “Confess your ghost to the ceiling,” and I suppose that’s what goes on in my head when I’m like that. I wanted ‘Lie Awake’ to be our message of intent but at the same time I wanted it to have that sense of vulnerability,” he ventures.
“The whole idea of this band was that we’re constantly pushing and trying new and exciting ideas,” Will says. “I feel like it’s a progression from our last EP.” There’s more music on the way, too. “We’ve done this new EP and I’m really excited about it. We magpie from different genres. It’s my favorite thing we’ve ever done. It takes us out of being a pop punk band, or a hardcore band. We’re not just one thing. All the songs follow a narrative, which will become more apparent when the second video is out. I’m really happy with our first EP but I didn’t want to repeat that again because that’s not interesting to me at all. I don’t want to write the same record forever, that’s boring. I wanted to keep some essence of the first record in this one but with that progression.” Think of it as Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust. Creeper go Hollywood.
“We’re not rockstars, we’re not too cool to sing along to a band,” Will says with a smirk. “I watched Bayside every single day on tour and I sang along every night. I loved it so much. The Misfits have been a huge influence on my band and my life. We wear that side of our band on our sleeve. It’s an honour to be on those shows, to be able to open up for that band every night. It’s going to be really awkward backstage when we’re not able to talk properly but we’re going to have a great time. I’m really excited about having our songs being a part of that show in a small way.”
“It’s a dream come true for us, Ian and I met over a mutual love of the Misfits, and I think that’s why we’re different. Some bands are just bands to be bands. We’re bands because we’re fans,” He says with a faltering sense of conviction before breaking away into laughter.“That’s so lame, I’m sorry about that last bit,” he apologies before admitting “I can’t put it into words. Some of the goofy conversations we’ve had about these shows, we’re so excited. The first half of this year has been ridiculous.”
“There was a point a year and a half ago, after my old band broke up, I didn’t know if I had the energy to start again,” Will reveals. “I didn’t know if I was in the right frame of mind to get back on stage again and I didn’t know if I ever would. When we finally got this together, we got really inspired. It’s been the best thing ever. The lesson I’ve learnt from all this is to constantly get back up and get on with it because there has been so many fucking setbacks.”
“We’re quite anxious, awkward people sometimes, even before picking up the phone to talk today I had to get myself ready because I get quite anxious. We all get like that but when we come together and play live, we’re bigger than the sum of our parts. That’s why we do it, it’s that release. We’ve got the chance to be a positive role model to kids. The possibility of having an influence on young peoples lives like that is amazing and too big an opportunity to get stressed out about. We’re trying to embrace this, write good music and do what we’ve always done. We get to work with some really talented people. They get our music, our band and what our message is.” He states, the excitement now dancing on his tongue. “We get to do this on a bigger scale and maybe we’ll get to play our songs to more people. We get to put out records out through Roadrunner. We have that legacy and history on our side.”
Creeper will release their first EP for new label Roadrunner Records later this year. The band play Download Festival this weekend, 12th-14th June.