THE CREEPING IVIES: ‘Stay Wild.’


I suffered a bit of an identity crisis in my youth. I’d go out to Rock’n’Roll gigs in my drapes or college jacket …. and get chased by punks. Other nights I’d go see a punk band dressed in my ripped jeans and shirt etc …. And get hounded by belt-swinging second-wave Teds!

So, now that I’m grown (!) I get real excited when I hear bands like THE CREEPING IVIES who combine both genres into a right royal, stomping rumble!

The album ‘Stay Wild’ is streamed in its entirety below – but this is for a limited period only, so in case you’re late in reading his page, this is what you’ve missed:

THE CREEPING IVIES are a two-piece from Scotland (they seem quite specific about being vague as far as I can see) and they can probably best be termed as a garage-punk- rock’n’roll band. Becca Bomb sings and plays a mean, deeply toned guitar, while Duncan Destruction beats the drums.

Their names are a bit of a throwback and in a way so too is the music, I suppose….. although it still sounds fresh in saying that. There will probably be plenty ‘comparisons’ in style to the likes of The Cramps – encouraged by the sort of dark-surf guitar riffs from Becca. The music’s minimalistic and simple, and shows just how to create exciting sounds without the need for any over-extravagance.

Opening track ‘Black Cat’ is played out atop a running riff sounding very much like the TV theme to the original Batman series from the Sixties. ‘Buzzbomb,’ reminds me of a stripped down Horrorpops, and ‘Madhouse Blues,’ has Becca yelping and screaming her way through a track that sounds just like it says on the tin.

The opening riff and lines to ‘Mirror Mirror’ sound so familiar, but I’m buggered if I can put my finger on what it is that I seem to recognise. It has Becca sounding a bit narked as she spits the words out over the riff and repetitive piano lines.

Up to this point, the album is loaded on the sort of gothic rock’n’roll edge, but with ‘Spinning’ there is more of a punk influence. This time I’m torn between thinking of Colleen Caffeine from Choking Susan, and a zapped up Patti Smith. This is probably my favourite track. ‘Bop Like That’ has that highly danceable simplicity about it. Think again, Choking Susan mixed with the likes of Teenage Bottlerocket and their ‘three chord rocket science’ peers from The States.

The World,’ steadies on the pace and rumbles through its three and a half minutes in a determined fashion before ‘House of Ivy’ strangely makes me think of The Adams Family throwing a punkabilly party for their neighbours, The Munsters. (No – I can’t explain why, sorry.) 

‘Rock N Roll Ghost’ is pretty Cramps-like musically what with the grumbling riff, replete with handclaps. Title track ‘Stay Wild,’ closes the album in a bit of a frantic fashion.

Throughout, the album is sort of ‘under-produced’ (if that’s the right expression) to give it a very uncomplicated sound – plenty reverb / echo and a real feel of it being played out in the empty room next door rather than a studio. It has a real air of authenticity about it.

You don’t have to listen too hard to see what music shapes the world of THE CREEPING IVIES – you can hear everyone from Demented Are Go through The Cramps and The Meteors to Choking Susan and Horrorpops.

A mighty fine amalgamation of influence … and to quote the debut album title of the latter:

‘HELL YEAH.

(‘Stay Wild’ will be released in December 2012. Stay tuned to THE CREEPING IVIES website for further details.)

(10 / 10)

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