Last Thursday we took a trip to see Southampton punk rockers, Creeper, at their headline show at Koko, London. Supported by Delaire, The Liar and Puppy, Creeper put on an incredible performance. Frontman, Will Gould, had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand as the band played their way through their hits, including ‘Hiding With Boys’ and ‘Suzanne’, with their usual flamboyance and energy. However, proceedings took an unexpected twist when before their final song of the night, Will announced:
“Of all the shows we’ve played in the last four years, this one will remain with us the longest, because not only is it the last show of this album campaign, but it’s the last show we’ll ever do.”
After playing out with ‘Misery’, the band one by one took off their iconic ‘Callous Heart’ jackets and laid them at the front of the stage, whilst a montage of their journey over the last four years played behind. The video ended with the quote “Even Eternity Ends”.
Since the show no further announcement has been made regarding the future of Creeper and their website now contains the footer “CREEPER CULT 2014 – 2018”. However, Will Gould’s statement on the night was found to be near identical to the one made by David Bowie at his “retirement gig” in 1973, when he famously retired his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust. Heavily influenced by Bowie, Creeper are a band known for their theatrical antics, with their entire promotional campaign for their debut album being executed around a mystery tale, loosely based on Peter Pan. With this in mind, speculation has sparked as to whether it really is the end for Creeper, or if they are planning to make a return in the near future.
If it really is the end, then the events of this show were a blow to British rock music. This band achieved colossal success; far exceeding every expectation of what is essentially a DIY punk band. Let’s hope that it’s not the last we see of Creeper.