Praise for Creature Fear
“Creature Fear are such a force to watch in the year ahead” – Pilerats
“Another example of the really talented artists coming out from Down Under” – The Alternative Mixtape
“Creature Fear are a band that are bound to make you sing, spin and grin along to their incredible, energy-ridden sound.” – The AU Review
“it’s got swagger and vibrancy by the truckload and kept me hooked from go to whoa” – Declan Byrne, triple j
Today, Melbourne based five-piece Creature Fear release their long-teased debut EP, ‘17 Minutes of Creature Fear’, featuring singles ‘Barely Alive’, ‘Little Fishes’ & ‘Big Summer Eyes’.
The band’s knack for carrying a vibe is clear on this EP, transporting the listener through constantly shifting moods in just seventeen minutes, whether it be frantic, intimate or plain old fun.
Recorded sporadically in between Melbourne’s 2020 lockdowns, with no more than two members at a time, the band showcase what they do best on their debut EP, an endearing absurdity that remains at the heart of Creature Fear.
“The EP is very diverse in genre over its 6 tracks, which is very us. It’s a collection of songs we’ve been playing live and wanted to give the listeners a showcase of who we are, introduce ourselves and all the different territory we cover (hence the title!) – Cameron Graham (Creature Fear)
The two opening tracks on the EP lean towards classic throwback rock, while the verses of ‘Barely Alive’ feel borderline goofy, allowing the band to jig on stage to it in a way Adriano Celentano does in his bizarre music videos. ‘Tweedledum’ encapsulates big, 60s, folk rock mono-harmonies whilst ‘Big Summer Eyes’ resembles a blanket of sadness for the listener to lean into. The last three tracks have more modern influences to capture a weirder slightly unnerving sound which reflects the lyrics, delving into a bit of dark absurdity.
On recording the EP during a pandemic the band detail, “the recording process took a lot longer than we anticipated because of Covid. We started in February 2020, but with multiple lockdowns happening recording sessions were very spread out and a bit unpredictable, and there couldn’t really be more than two members of the band in the studio at once, so I’d go in with whoever was recording their part. But when we were actually in the studio it was fantastic and a dream.”
You can catch Creature Fear around Victoria & New South Wales in the next few months for their energetic live show.
What do you get when you take five ambitious and manic musicians from far-flung suburbs and country towns and lock them in an inner-city Melbourne rehearsal room? You get Creature Fear – a compelling mix of 60’s garage rock and modern atmospherics rolled into a full-bore, shoes-off sound that can still whisper sweet nothings in your ear.
After a string of high-profile supports with the likes of BOO SEEKA, Ball Park Music and Kingswood, Creature Fear have done things the old-fashioned way – earning their live stripes first.
With their theatrical, leg-spasming live show turning heads, Creature Fear are not just an energetic live act but have something interesting and startlingly original to say.
With their mix of character based songs (Ranging from seedy crime scenes to sci-fi epics) and more raw personal tunes covering impressively diverse genres, the music works along their most striking asset: the dual lead vocals of Graham’s garbled menace and singer Jacqui Lumsden’s Joni-meets-Janis pristine shrieks.
Fri 18 June ‘Melbourne Launch’ @ The Gasometer
Sat 26 June ‘Lost Lanes Festival’ Wagga Wagga
Sat 7 August @ Barwon Club, Geelong