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EP Review: The Creep Void – The Elevation of Idiocy

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EP: The Elevation of Idiocy

Number of Tracks: 4

Release Date: 1st November 2014

Label: Independent

“I’ll be your masochist!” promises vocalist of The Creep Void, Barry Appleton,  in a Danzig-esque wail.  A fittingly sinister refrain establishing the ominous mood that plays such a big role throughout his band’s upcoming release, The Elevation of Idiocy  EP.

The Newcastle quartet are trying to make a name for themselves in the alternative rock scene and this latest release of theirs gives no indication as to why they aren’t worthy of the recognition they desire.

The Creep Void have found a formula that they intend to stick to.  Their melodies resemble those of an 80’s goth rock group but the band have all the trimmings of more contemporary alt rock.  This record displays those attributes and showcases their ability to build good songs around a solid musical base.

A moody, sonorous ambience provides a backdrop as a mellow guitar riff proceeds before the record bursts into life.  I’ll Be Your Masochist starts the record as it means to go on, with consistent sounding guitar riffs, resounding bass lines and drumming that really drives the entire mix without getting in the way. The opening entry into this EP has a delicate balance of groove-heavy parts from the entire band, and some more melodic guitar and vocal parts, making the whole track more interesting. I’ll Be Your Masochist feels quite grand in scale, pulling in listeners with an almost anthem-like chorus over the layered instrumental parts.

Tasteful intervals throughout the EP in which each instrument abstains from joining in highlights the band’s ability to know ‘when not to play’, a quality that is hard to come by in a group, but really helps carry a record and can be the difference between middle of the road record and great a one.

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The highlight track for me is Persona of Many, in which the band really showcase their ability to put a great song together.  Opening with a short, but memorable guitar riff that reoccurs a number of times throughout the rest of the track, this is a hard-hitting piece of music. The bass and guitar work extremely well in unison, while the vocals seamlessly flow over the top, representing some very well-organised composition from the group. The backing vocals are also slightly eerie,  which really adds an atmospheric depth to what otherwise would be, a simple hard-hitting rock track.

Whilst The Creep Void have a solid song-writing formula, it’s difficult to tell from these four offerings whether they are too dependent on it.  Four songs is fine, but a longer record would require more variety in what they produce or the band would risk being repetitive.  One of their previous songs, Not for God’s Sake, doesn’t demonstrate that they like to drift out of their comfort zone too much.  This may be something they need to address going forward but there is no reason, as far as I can see, why they wouldn’t be able to do so.

The Creep Void really do have something going for them.  They are great at what they do, but whether that’s quite enough remains to be seen.  That is, however, over-critical speculation and what they’re capable of is very impressive.  Fans of the genre will be more than intrigued and we may be seeing a lot more from a band that, I suspect, will able to surprise you with a little more variety under their belts.

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