Creepers reflect on their big year at DIY's Class of 2023 interview

Creepers reflect on their big year at DIY’s Class of 2023 interview

“All thoughts are things that are going on in an anxious person’s brain, all things we try to distract ourselves from.”

– Holly Minto

It is this frank and open approach to creating music that has brought fans of the band closer to the quartet over the past eighteen months. Holly begins, “I think with alternative music, no one’s a casual fan. It’s their world and that’s what’s crazy, because that’s exactly what we were like as kids.” My chemical romanceAnd the 1975, with the teams we were looking forward to as individuals. They were our entire worlds, so the fact that some people put us in this situation is scary, but they love our art so much is really cool.”

“Very alternative rock scene [unified] Anyway,” Lev picks up. “When you find your little group of — I don’t know, I want to say misfits — other people that you’re hooking up with, you stick with that. And even if years later you don’t listen to the band every day, hearing their song on the radio or in a bar might throw you back to that time where you were like, “Oh, I found people like me.” I don’t think that ever leaves you.”

And while their music sits nicely alongside the current emo renaissance — after a stint supporting My Chemical Romance in Warrington in May, “they had a lot of older emo,” Liv says — it’s also their ability to open up. Conversations about very current concerns of young people that have become attractive. Their openness isn’t just subservient to their songs; The band also uses their social platforms — most often, TikTok — to discuss everything from identifying as gay, experiencing panic attacks and misogynistic industry rumors, to highlighting the outfits fans have chosen to wear to their concerts.

Hoping to use all of their outlets to create a community of their own (“a scene we’ve never seen before,” Leif says. “It’s really, really special to us that more and more people are finding it and can create their own little space in it”), Their message of acceptance and overcoming trauma is one that seems to really resonate with those who listen in. “We’ve been meeting with fans a lot lately, and we hear a number of them relate to our songs because of what it’s about,” says Holly.[We] Write about what we’re feeling, whether it’s an observation or whether it’s something we go through all the time, and [having] The people who connect and pass on their own stories to our songs are the most important thing.”

However, it can become a double-edged sword. While Holly refers to writing lyrics as a “form of therapy” for themselves, hearing first-hand accounts of how the band’s music has helped people can take a different kind of toll. “I think it’s getting a little trickier now because we’re getting a little bit more of a fan base,” she nodded. “This is heavy stuff, you know? That’s why, at recent concerts, I’ve been talking about recovery and how I don’t want to romanticize the things we sing about.

“We’re just a band and we’re not the ones who fix our fans or anyone who listens to our music,” Holly continues. “They are the ones on their own journey of mental health and recovery, and we are very proud of all of them.” “Here’s the thing: They withdraw from themselves,” adds Liv. “They’re trying to put that on us, like, no, we didn’t tell you to get up and keep going. That was you. They don’t give themselves enough credit for how strong they really are.”


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