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Far-Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp announced as newest member of Creepoid

Photo by Adam Wallacavage
Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Local psych-punk crew Creepoid announced yesterday that Far-Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp will join as the newest addition to the band. In the process, it seems the band has lost a member. On Creepoid’s Facebook page, guitarist Pete Joe Urban is now listed as a past member, and he doesn’t appear in the trippy new band photo by Adam Wallacavage (above). Catch Creepoid’s new lineup in action tomorrow night with Walter Schreifels at The Barbary. For tickets and more information about the show, check out XPN’s Concert Calender here.

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Psychedelic rockers Creepoid release dark, dragging track “Truth” from forthcoming Wet EP

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Creepoid | Photo by Alexandra Healey

Heavy psychedelic rock band Creepoid have already announced their forthcoming EP, Wet, set to be released as a 12″ on April 19 – Record Store Day, appropriately – and in anticipation of that release the Philly band has premiered a new track from the EP titled “Truth” over at CMJ.

“Truth” opens up with a punch-in-the-stomach bass line, dragging the track the whole way through under ethereal, dream-like vocals. Anna Troxell’s voice is, in one word, mesmerizing; swaying in a way that evokes feelings of “I want to die and be alive” at the same time. The tempo is a bit slower than the previously released “Wet Bread”, with lugging guitars that creep and linger. I’m completely about it.

Be sure to pick up the 12″ via Graveface April 19. Stream “Truth” below.

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Catching Up With Creepoid: Listen to their all-vinyl guest DJ set on WXPN, see photos of their album release party, hear their new “Wet Bread”

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PeteJoe Urban of Creepoid and Key editor John Vettese in the WXPN studio with vinyl selections | Photo by Pat Troxell

Philly dark psychedelic four-piece Creepoid are having a pretty sweet spring. After releasing their new self-titled LP on No Idea Records on March 4th, the band toured to SXSW and back – evidently impressing Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! somewhere along the way – and are gearing up for their latest record, a Record Store Day 10″ via Graveface Records.

Before all this got underway, I had the Creepoid crew on the air on WXPN for a special all-vinyl, mostly-local guest DJ set featuring the likes of Puerto Rico Flowers, Bardo Pond, Asteroid No. 4, Jack Rose and more. Listen to their DJ set below.

The band also played a sold-out, starkly-lit, drumkit-toppling album-release party with Far-Out Fangtooth at Johnny Brenda’s on the 27th of February; check out a gallery of photos from the performance below.

That Record Store Day 10″ we were telling you about? The a-side “Wet Bread” premiered on Impose Magazine today. Check it out below.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Creepoid, Bleeding Rainbow, Abi Reimold

 

Photo by Dominique Montgomery
Photo by Dominique Montgomery

Bleeding Rainbow stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session in support of their new record Interrupt.  As Key editor John Vettese writes, “[it’s] not their easiest to listen to – at turns it can be raw, biting, forlorn, enraged and rarely poppy – but it’s undoubtedly the truest to where the band is at artistically…” and these live tracks capture all of those emotions and personalities.

Philadelphia musician Abi Reimold released her new EP Forget.  The name-your-own-price effort is reminiscent of both PJ Harvey and Angel Olsen, with Reimold plunging into the depths of heartbreaking lyrics and dream-like vignettes.  Stream and download “Morning” below and get the full EP here.

Boston psych-rock outfit Quilt returned to the XPN studios for the first repeat session in Folkadelphia history.  On the heels of releasing their sophomore record Held in Splendor, the trio. along with a touring bassist, recorded a three-song set of expansive and comforting new songs.  Take a listen and download below.  Revisit the band’s first session here.

Revolution, I Love You, a pop-tinged rock band out of Philadelphia, released their new EP The Atlantic Ocean.  The duo looked to many different genres for inspiration, saying the EP “is influenced as much by The Replacements, Bruce Springsteen, and Big Star as they are by the electronica and hip hop artists whose influence was so prevalent on Revolution, I Love You’s earlier recordings.”  Stream and download it below.

This week on Unlocked, The Key dug into Creepoid‘s new self-titled LP.  We were introduced to the record on Monday with a free download of “Baptism,” described as having “a spiraling riff that drags you through the mire down to the water.”  Stream and download it below and check out the rest of the week-long feature here.

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Unlocked: Take a road trip to Baltimore with Philly’s Creepoid

IMG_20140222_175835It’s Saturday night and Creepoid guitarist PeteJoe Urban IV wants his bandmate Anna Troxell to bring a bigger purse to their show in Baltimore. She’s been roped into trafficking pint glasses from bars the band stops at on the road.

“I’m not bringing a bigger purse than this one,” Troxell says. “I always have to be the one carrying glasses around. I’m not doing it this time.”

Urban looks at me, shrugs his shoulders and gives a look that says, “Well, I tried.”

Creepoid is on a lineup with Amanda X, Crimson Wave and Dinged Up at The Gold Bar. It’s a little less than a two hour ride from their West Philly home. Before hitting the road, drummer Pat Troxell is getting text messages from their friend, Noel Conrad, a novelty toy maker, photographer and owner of Novelty Haus, in Baltimore. Conrad is inviting the band to his studio when they get to Baltimore for an impromptu photoshoot. The band agrees without any hesitation. They later find out that Conrad also wants to bring them in on a progressive packaging idea, pairing their music with his toys.

But there’s still plenty to do here before leaving: the van needs to be packed. That’s Urban’s job. He does it efficiently and clearly has a routine of how and where everything get placed in the back of their Ford Windstar. He knows exactly what goes in first, grabbing Pat Troxell’s bass drum. Everything fits in perfectly without any slack to spare or extra space,.

“I often consider trying different ways to load the van,” he says. “But I always end up going back to the same way every time. You just figure out a way that works best.”

Creepoid has their upcoming album on their mind when they start driving, asking each other if they’d heard anything from No Idea Records, the label releasing the record, about how many preorders they’ve had.

“I don’t know, but people keeping hitting me up to set copies aside,” Anna Toxell says. “If you want a pink one, go online and preorder one. If you want a white one, go online and order one. Don’t ask me to set one aside, I know what that means.”

VinylThere’s a grumble and Pat Troxell, Anna’s husband, says he’s been getting the same thing from other people. Specific names of their friends are dropped and it sounds like the band will try to take care of them. But no one is getting a hand-out. The self-titled new record will be pressed to yellow, pink and white vinyl, matching the color scheme of the pictures on the back of the record sleeve. But the colored records are limited to only two-hundred copies each.

Guitarist and singer Sean Miller, is driving the van with Urban sitting shotgun. They’re asking Pat Troxell about highway changes as we’re getting out of the city. He tells them what direction to take without looking up from his cell phone for more than a second, knowing the route like a father that’s taken his family to the same vacation spot every summer for years. It may have something to do with the fact that Pat Troxell has been going on tours with bands since he was fourteen years old. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Going deep into the creative process of Creepoid

Photo by Noel Conrad
Photo by Noel Conrad

“You cool with dogs?” Pat Troxell, drummer of Philly’s crushing fuzz psych band Creepoid, asks at the front door of the West Philly home he shares with wife and bassist, Anna Troxell, guitarist Sean Miller and Miller’s girlfriend.

Inside, the dog he’s talking about is a wired six-month-old pit bull mix named Whiskey that jumps and bites playfully as he leads to a second floor sitting room. There’s a blusey record playing on the turntable. We find Miller near the large bay window finishing what appears to be breakfast, and Anna Troxell is sitting on the loveseat opposite the room from him.

It’s early afternoon and the three present members of Creepoid are tired and hungover from last night’s gig in Kearney, New Jersey. But with every gig, they’re a little closer to the release of their upcoming self-titled album, coming out on No Idea Records on March 4. It’s just the first of four releases they have slated for 2014. The other three being twelve-inch singles on Graveface Records.

That rapid-fire approach to releasing so much material this year may sound a little surprising to most considering the upcoming self-titled LP will be their first in three years. It feels a little more arranged, more pointed in its direction and it more visual, but without forcing a message. The songs on the self-titled album aren’t necessarily new either. Many songs on the album have been in Creepoid’s repertoire for years, but haven’t been released, influencing many of the songs to change naturally and allow the band to find their voice as they continued to write.

“I think that’s the evolution of our band,” Pat Troxell says. “We started out with these pop intentions and it’s turned into our version that’s twisted.”

He stresses that when he says “pop,” he means song structures. But pop structures aside, this album is also noticeably dark. It’s grass-already-growing-on-the-plot dark. And it’s a walk through Creepoid’s outlook on what they see.

“I think we find with the dark stuff, that music is just a way to help you deal with things that make you unhappy,” Miller says. “And there are always a lot of bad things in the world to write about.”

However, that’s just Miller’s muse. Pat Troxell believes the album’s dark feeling and imagery comes from all of their moods collectively which he says is influenced by being a working-class Philly band. Each member has a hand on songwriting and seems to have their own perspective on the process.

“I think there is a difference between emotional and being sentimental,” Anna Troxell says. “And there’s a difference between speaking specifically from your experience and trying to touch overarching themes.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Caroline Rose at World Cafe Live, Creepoid at Johnny Brenda’s, Josh Ritter at The Keswick Theatre and more

Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker
Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker

Burlington-based singer-songwriter Caroline Rose headlines World Cafe Live tonight. The Burlington, VT singer-songwriter debuted last year with a lovely album called America Religious that Folkadelphia’s Fred Knittel compared in equal parts to Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Carole King. “It’s Americana and it’s not,” Knittel wrote, introducing Rose’s Folkadelphia session. “It’s rock-and-roll and it’s not, it’s rootsy and it’s not. Her music exists somewhere at the confluence of these styles, but also carries the ambiguities of living without of these genres.” Tickets and information on Rose’s show tonight can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, stream her Folkadelphia session, and download it at Bandcamp.

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Unlocked: Linger a little with Creepoid’s “Sunday” video

Photo via No Idea Records

Last month Creepoid premiered the first single, “Sunday,” from its upcoming self-titled album on No Idea Records. Here’s the video for it, and it’s quite laid back for what we’ve seen from the band in the past.

Despite the album being their first since 2011, it’s not the first time we’re from them since then. The video for “Golden String” by BitBY was released in 2012. And remember when Shaking Through did a video featuring Creepoid in the wake of 2011’s Horse Heaven? Yeah, well, the song in that video, “Old Tree,” is on the upcoming self-titled album. The tracks have obviously been lingering a little bit.

But the video for “Sunday” doesn’t evoke that time of laziness late in a weekend. It’s simply slow-motion shots paired with a song that’s pushing deep into the couch. It’s the length of every note played in this song that makes it match this simple video. Whether it’s the long lead guitar notes, the breath-y singing or the tambourine that slaps back in the speakers, it’s not too much. Perhaps that’s what works for both the video and the song.

Creepoid is the featured album in this week’s edition of Unlocked. Download the song “Baptism” in Monday’s post, read Tuesday’s album review and check back tomorrow and Friday for an interview and more.

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Unlocked: The Key’s review of Creepoid’s self-titled album

CREEPOID_st_1400_ad93e7e0-e3ff-466b-bdb7-0007dcf78a79_1024x1024The fact that it’s been three years since Creepoid has released a full-length album hasn’t been dealt with easily. But if a struggle brought their desolate self-titled LP to fruition, the music within displays how the band has been feeling about it as well.

It’s an album full of space in the sense so sparse at times that a feeling of loneliness overtakes the nerves. It’s as if control has been lost. It makes the listener feel like a character in the grand scheme of the album, which is complete with peaks and valleys, pieced together in movements. A distant clarinetbreaks the darkness on the opening “Nadua,” which builds to a nearly explosive climax, capturing you and taking you into the rest of the album. “Sunday,” the album’s first single, starts once the dust settles. But it’s desolate here; singer and guitarist Sean Miller sings, “I want to dream for you now,” as if he’s unable to get out of a cell that he’s been placed in. Pared with the sounds of drummer Pat Troxell’s tambourine, it evokes shackles being dragged across a stone floor. It’s confirmed that that’s where you’re at as bassist Anna Troxell repeatedly asks, “Should I give up?” on “Yellow Wallpaper.”

Creepoid begins the next movement with the grinding riff of “Baptism.” After surviving this much so far, there’s an ominous feeling the entire way through the flatlining “Stay Inside.” On first play through, it’s a little ballad-like, but without any clear story. Pat Troxell’s time-keeping ride cymbal and bass drum on each one hint at a climax that never comes. It concludes, revealing itself more of a segue into the like-minded opening of “Tired Eyes.”

It’s this feeling that makes “Stay Inside,” which can be easily overlooked as a lull at the album’s midpoint, actually pretty moving. And the intensity carries across the album as a whole. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Download “Baptism” from Creepoid’s self-titled new album

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Creepoid has always kept an eye peering down the tunnel that doesn’t have a light at the end of it.

“Baptism,” the second single from the band’s forthcoming self-titled full-length LP, has a spiraling riff that drags you through the mire down to the water. Sean Miller’s vocals are equally soft and threatening, through immense reverb that doesn’t vibrate your skull as much as it occupies it.

But then the tempo drops out about half way through and it’s alarming. Something has changed. You’re no longer on the muddy shore, but in over your head, covered in cold water. Troxell’s snare drum and giant crash cymbals are waves breaking on top of you as you thrash for something to grab onto. This doesn’t feel like a baptism at all.

We’re exploring the new Creepoid all week long on Unlocked, The Key’s regular spotlight on new and significant albums from Philadelphia artists. Without giving away the rest of this killer, long awaited album – which hits the streets on March 4 through No Idea Records – you’ll have “Baptism” to start anew. Download it below, courtesy of the band, and check back for more all week long.

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