“The UK scene is in a really healthy place at the moment, it’s really inspiring,” states Creeper’s guitarist, Ian Miles.
“There’s so much coming through at the moment, I think there’s a real tipping point. Hindsights, Vestals, Great Cynics, Bangers, Landscapes, Milk Teeth, Moose Blood,” continues bandmate Will Gould.
“Gnarwolves are still the head of it all and I think they’re a really important band. There’s so many good bands growing at the same pace and it’s just fun. All of our friends are working their way up. They’re all just bands doing cool things and wanting to make records and to be mates. “
While Creeper are basking in the sunshine of community, it hasn’t always been so rosy for them.
“When our band Our Time Down Here split up, I felt completely hopeless,” starts Ian. “If that can happen at any point, why even try again. It was really deflating. Even though we were really inspired and we came up with all these cool ideas to kill the band off, it was a big knock.”
“It was crushing,” adds Will. “We didn’t know what to do.”
Luckily it didn’t take them too long to figure it out. What started off as mates making music for themselves has grown into something a whole lot bigger, not that Creeper are phased.
“I do feel like he reason we’ve managed to remain optimistic is because if you only focus on what you can control, then that’s all you gauge your mood on. We’re in control of the records we make and the songs we write. We’re in control of the aesthetic and the visuals and the people we choose to work with.
“You can’t control how many people turn up to your shows,” says Will before adding “We’ve been very lucky with that but you can control it so I don’t think about those things. I don’t think about how someone’s going to review our record. I don’t think about who thinks we’re cool or who thinks it sucks. It doesn’t even enter my head and I know it sounds silly but I don’t care.
“The way I remain optimistic is that I know I’m in control of the way I act and we’re all in control of the music we make. As long as we’re happy with that and the outputs enough for us, nothing else really matters. It’s irrelevant. Good or bad press, its irrelevant. I’m just happy I have the opportunity to play music with my mates.”
“Some bands expect they’ll blow up or get big and we’ve had none of that,” offers Will. “That’s secondary to writing songs and making records, because that’s really all we give a fuck about. I don’t care about a lifestyle change or any of that stuff.
“All I’ve ever wanted to do is write music with Ian, and now we get to do it all the time. Those things you can control. I think that’s an important thing for your whole life, focusing on what you can change and what you are in control of and try to not take any notice of what anyone else is doing.”
“It’s called mindfulness,” explains Ian, before Will asks, “Is that what it’s called?”
“I’m reading a book on it,” adds Ian.
“You’re only responsible for your own performance and we take it seriously because that’s what we came here to do,” continues Will. “To play, to perform, to write music. Everything that goes along with it as great but we’re musicians for a reason.
“We want to be artistic. People ask me how to get involved in things and I have the worst advice,” he admits. “I have no fucking idea. All I know is just work with your mates and do stuff with good people and make sure they’re not wankers because wankers will make you miserable.”
“There’s a quote for you,” laughs Ian before repeating the sentiment.
“They do,” says Will in protest. “There’s too much to be miserable about already and the people you’re with dictate your mood.”
“My goal is to still be happy with what we’re doing this time next year,” admits Will. “Still stoked on everything. If you don’t love doing something, you shouldn’t do it. You shouldn’t make yourself miserable. For a long time I was doing a job that was making me miserable. I didn’t realise it was making me so sad. Life’s too short to not do the things you want to do.”
Creeper’s new EP ‘The Callous Heart’ will be released on 18th September. Read more in the October issue of Upset.
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