we scored this via our friends at King Pizza Records. Thee Creeps are fitting right in with this super garage rock Monday theme. The bands from the West Coast are getting tons of press these days but I would bet that the talent of some of the Bands from The East Coast and NYC will find their way to the surface , soon. Thee Creeps are hitting all the right spots , excellent garage punk all the way through, solid stuff…..
Hi our name is…
Thee Creeps! I would say our sound is Garage Punk. We do kinda mx it up though, like sometimes we’ll have a little more pop in there or some psych. We like a lot of different things and try to incorporate a lot of influences into the music but its definitely all garage rock in some shape or form. I’m Chris, and the band is made up of Moody, Mack, Matt, and me. We’re from Jersey in a little town called Flemington, which is like 25 minutes away from New Brunswick.
Who are some that have an influence on you
There’s a lot for sure. I feel like every new album has been progressing and incorporating new things as the years go on and we are exposed to more good music. To name a few, Thee oh Sees, Bass Drum of Death, Iggy Pop, Ty Segall, Sonic Youth, and the Beach Boys have always been an influence on us.
How old were all of you when you started to play
Well, technically we’ve been a band since our junior year of high school (2010). We were shit though; total garbage at our instruments, liked shitty tunes, made shitty tunes. The modern incarnation/us not being totally garbage started around 2012.
who plays what in the band
I play drums, Moody plays guitar, Matt plays bass, and Mack sings and plays guitar as well.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
Typically what happens is someone will have a small idea for a song – a riff, a lyric, a title – and we’ll kind of practice with it to see how it sounds, and from there develop it as a group. Mack is definitely the main song writer in the group. If we’ve had a longer period of time we’re we haven’t gotten together, its usually pretty likely that he’ll have a nearly completed song that the rest of us help him fill out.
As far as recording and releasing the songs, we do things slightly different than a lot of people tend to. When we have a song that we’ve finished writing and we know that we’re going to use it, we record it right then and there to be used on the next record. What’s awesome about our practice space is that it doubles as a recording studio, so recording things on the fly like that is extremely easy to do.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
The main challenge is getting everyone together to write or practice. We’re all still fairly young, and between jobs and school it can be tough to make the band a priority. We’ve definitely played more than one sloppy set for lack of practice time. As far as overcoming that challenge, I think we’ve learned to make the most of the time that we do have, and solidify a solid set that we all know in case we have to go awhile without getting together.
1st rock concert you went to and age....
I’m not exactly sure about everyone else, but my first concert was Rush. I think I was about 9 or 10, and they’re my Dad’s all time favorite band. I don’t listen to them too much these days, but watching Neil Pert perform his solo was definitely something I won’t forget. Now that I’m thinking about it, Matt’s first show was definitely The Eagles. I don’t know about you guys, but as far as shows-that-your-old-man-drags-you-to goes, that seems like one of the worst case scenarios. “Hotel California” is already like 15 minutes, did they really have to tag on another 10 for the live version?
coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…
I didn’t buy it, but the coolest one I own is one that an ex of mine got me. Its got The Misfits’ “Bullet” cover one it; the one with JFK’s head getting blown off. A close second would be the Nirvana shirt I have. Its got one of Kurt’s drawings on it that is pretty cool looking. I have to be careful wearing that one to shows because Matt owns like fifty Nirvana shirts, and we have a strict one Nirvana shirt rule on stage.
the most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….
The craziest show we ever played was this one in New Brunswick, New Jersey about a year ago. We were playing this kid Andy’s first show at his then-new house venue, “The Jockstrap”. When we showed up to the place it was full of metal heads – not there’s anything wrong with that, but we’re not a metal band at all, and we were set to close that night. First band goes on – metal. second band takes the stage – metal. Third – metal. Before we went on I was getting pretty nervous that we were going to get boo’d out of the joint, but I’ll tell ya, that was the best crowd we’ve ever played for. People were pretty drunk at that point and went absolutely nuts. Metal heads just want to party, and a good mosh pit is pretty much the best case scenario for any show.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
I think we would all have to agree on Thee Oh Sees. Easily the best live show I’ve ever been to, and just in general they’re amazing. As far as influences go, they’re the biggest for us; It would just be amazing to get to play with them.
My youngest son is 14 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
My biggest piece of advice to listen to as much music as possible. Its just like any other art: you have to study it before you can really do it well yourself. You want to be a writer? you have to read. You want to paint? You have to understand art history. Practicing and playing shows is all well and good, but your band is only going to improve the more you explore and discover new music.
your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
its amazing. So many good bands are coming out of New York alone, its fantastic. You just gotta know where to look I guess. I know a lot of people out there who would say otherwise, but those people don’t know what they’re talking about. People like to complain about pop music taking over and blah blah bah no good bands anymore blah blah blah forget it. Go to some shows, check out bandcamp. There’s so much good music out there to listen to, you just gotta look for it.