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Friday 10 July 2020

Biting Back At Banality Brighton Rockers Creature Creature Unleash A Classic Debut Album

Creature Creature can, via the release of their first collection of self-penned tracks, Two Finger Tantrum, be labelled the new flag bearers of rock. The Brighton-based five piece have furrowed a new burrow at the summit of an age old genre. With this debut album they will be looking over their shoulders at the also-rans for many years to come.

It's in the live arena that Creature Creature first planted their flag. 

From winning competitions and garnering national news coverage via the release of a track in support of a charity campaign, the then named 40 Shillings on the Drum went on develop a harder sound and ever expanding worldwide fanbase.

Their big break came via a chance meeting when they shared the bill with the likes of Manic Street Preachers and The Hives at Beautiful Days festival. 

It was there they became friends with Skinny Lister and Tom Gleeson (Slaves to Gravity and Feeder), and in the summer of 2019, they teamed up with with Gleeson on production duties to record Two Finger Tantrum.

The ten song collection is a complete break from their initial folk-punk roots. 

Rechristened Creature Creature, and with a more contemporary, harder rock sound, they heralded their arrival with the release of the album's first single, Video Nasty.  

The band's frontman and chief songwriter, Scully, says of the track: 

"(Video Nasty) takes its inspiration from films that went on to become the video nasties of the 80s, but from my standpoint people don't turn bad because of the influence of TV, film and music. 

"There has to be some demons present within them in one form or another for such entertainment to have a negative effect.

"I also threw in a few of the video nasty film titles into the lyrics, along  with referencing a little of my own experience of renting videos when I was a child."

And now, just weeks before Two Finger Tantrum's release, the band has dropped live favoutite, Broken Windows

"This is the oldest song on the album and the first real signs that things were changing from our folk-punk roots when we began writing it," continues Scully.

"Originally written as an ode to the struggles of the working man, almost eerie comparisons can also be made to the state of the world in 2020.

"One of the first lines, 'A tumbleweed in disguise rolling up our once, buzzing high street' represents an unknown entity causing problems for the businesses of a small town. 

"The song continues on to question how long our livelihoods and lifestyles can be sustained when faced with something determined to tear them apart. 

"Regardless of its sombre heart, Broken Windows is an out and out rock banger, complete with epic solo and driving choruses."

Two Finger Tantrum opens with Four Star Blackout:

"The Creature has arrived!" notes Scully. 

"Aside from being a punk-rock belter with a unique sound, the first track on the debut album is all about not giving a damn what people think of you when you have the passion and drive to scale whichever heights you wish to reach. Then, taking that tried and tested lyrical formula, and blowing it up to new heights.

"I put a lot of double meaning in my songs and this is one of those ones that could easily fit into the 'drunken mistakes with a girl' bracket but there's actually a lot more to it. 

"It"s all about being unforgiving about your own passion and drive and sticking your two fingers up to anyone who tries to drag you down." 

A song that sums up the vibe of of Two Finger Tantrum is the album's second track, Beggars on the Street: 

Scully takes up the story:

"Hailing from Creature Creature"s folk-punk beginnings, this fresh version drives the rock and attitude to the forefront of the track. 

"I was inspired to write the lyrics after a particularly blunt introduction to the corruption and arrogance of certain people in the music industry.

"Rather than attack anyone directly, I decided to instead write from a different perspective...My hometown of Brighton has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country and I'd been reading a lot about it at the time. 

"Whilst I'd never known what it must be like to be in that situation, I've always been an empathetic person and find it fairly easy to put myself into other shoes.

"After an early version of the song dropped, I was actually contacted by a person who used to live on the street. 

"In a heartfelt note, they thanked the band for truly capturing what it's like to live that way and the hardships they face every single day. 

"It's a message that I'll always remember." 

Creature Creature's debut album 'Two Finger Tantrum' is out now. CLICK HERE to order.

by: Mike Cobley


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