2016: The Creases' Year
By Robin Ecoeur
The Creases’ story follows a kind of usual rock & roll cliché. Two hastily recorded songs and Rough Trade come knocking offering a deal. Lickety split! They had never even played a gig and suddenly expectations were high. "The next big band" with even bigger footsteps to follow. So what has come of one of Australia hottest prospects? And more importantly, what's happening next? Here we go...
"I think we'll be recording a lot this year but this will be the first taste of it all, one will hopefully be out within a month or so"...Brisbane is hot and humid these days. The band therefore stay inside, record new music, continue to define their sound, and little by little, the release of their new album beckons. It seems a long time ago since the début 7" was released by The Creases. Indeed 2013 was the release of their first song I Won’t Wait.
The story goes they uploaded the video onto Youtube and a few days after, an email from Rough Trade telling them they want to release their music arrived. I Won’t Wait is by and large a simple three chord Pop song with a warm sound and a jangly guitar to match. The video was fun and the simple lyrics hit the spot. A hit! And instantly catchy too. Now three years later the band is finally working on their début record which is to be released this year. In the meantime, they have been touring, releasing a few more Pop gems, as well as the release of their follow up EP entitled Gradient.
The Creases never made it big like we thought they could. However, like all great bands with great potential, it is not over yet. Gradient EP is already very different from the Rough Trade début. Their style is very much their own and their sound has evolved towards a more 80’s direction. However the EP does demonstrate a mish mash of many influences. And to be frank, perhaps too many. Though each track stands good in it's own right, the record at times doesn't always feel coherent as one. ‘Alone we stand, together we fall apart’?
"The album so far is a pretty wide mix of sounds ranging from some real Post-Punk influences like Gradient to a lot of Electronic, Britpop and Acid-House influence which you'll hear on the the first two singles".
Honestly, we are a little nervous and a little excited all at the same time. Excited because this band has the ability to produce the catchiest of Pop songs capturing that graceful swagger moment. It’s not simple fuzzed out chug, but a sound which broadens out to capture the best of a musical genre. And thank fuck it doesn't sound like a Slowdive rip-off, either! But we are scared because the concept of Briptop, Electronic and Acid-House somehow doesn't seem to fit...and it certainly shouldn't define them. The Creases turning into a Jagwar Ma impression? I doubt it too.
However this being said we are also extremely excited to hear the new singles, simply because The Creases have already proved they have the talent to experiment with and mix genres successfully. Why not create an ultimate Pop genre hybrid? Let's put it this way. It could either be the greatest release of 2016 or a total disenchantment. But hey, let's take the risk! After all, the band are taking their time to do things the right way this time, and aren't rushing to deliver a first LP for the beckon call of a Rough Trade...the sign of a better, more mature band.
"We're not really rushing into anything so we're spending at least the first half this year to keep on writing and keep replacing the short-listed songs with better ones until we are incredibly happy with it all".