It took me a while to pick up on Southampton’s Creeper, even though I was seeing glowing reviews everywhere concerning the band. When I finally did I wondered why I took so long. Live and learn.
My 14 year old nephew has been into AC/DC and Iron Maiden for a few years now, and apparently it’s all my fault! Then seemingly out of the blue he started banging on about Panic! At the Disco, Green Day and My Chemical Romance and it was a kind of parenting thing done right moment.
I’ve suggested other bands of a similar ilk to him that I listened to when I was younger. Some of them got a bit of a lukewarm reception from him (including The Offspring’s Smash album), but others he lapped up. I even tried to push him along the thrash metal route and I believe he was quite liking Overkill.
His response to listening to Suffocation was still one of the funniest moments this year. I was at their Leeds gig and chatting to him on messenger. He asked who I was seeing and he checked them out on Spotify. His response minutes later was “what the bloody hell was that”. A work in progress there then? A few moths later he mentioned he had been listening to Aborted, he wanted something fast and aggressive to play some zombie shoot ‘em up game to. You couldn’t make it up.
I was recommending Creeper to him and he was a bit so so over them. I sent him links to sone songs by AFI and he enjoyed that which surprised me that he didn’t like both. I have a feeling his attention span is still a bit on the short side and if he’s not liking something in the first 37 seconds he won’t persist with it. Something else to work on. At a similar time the intimate Creeper show in Stoke, the third of three festival warm up gigs, was announced and I instantly purchased two tickets and told him he’s going.
After several false dawns tonight should (he still has time to over think things and talk himself out of it) be his very first gig and a year younger than I, but I had no cool siblings or uncles to take me anywhere. Last year he had a ticket for Iron Maiden in Liverpool but wasn’t over enamoured about standing up for several hours. Twelve months later he was pretty stoked to attend Bloodstock the other weekend to see Judas Priest, but on that occasion I thought 12 hours in a field, with a threat of rain and a lack of 4g wouldn’t have been enjoyable or his debut gig.
He’s been re-listening to Eternity, In Your Arms lately and I believe he’s been appreciating it much more. I also sent him a link for the track Melanie by support band Miss Vincent and I received an immediate positive response, which was pleasing to see.
It’s going to be fun (I think) taking him to his first gig and hopefully sharing his excitement. But I fear it will be expensive. I think he has the merchandising bug like his uncle and if he enjoys the live surroundings I think I’ll be tagging along to more of his shows. As Panic! are current his favourite band and they play the Reading and Leeds festival this weekend I’m expecting them to announce UK dates imminently and no doubt it’ll be me chaperoning him.
With this show I doubt he’d get another chance to see Creeper in such an intimate venue in the future and especially not in the Potteries anytime soon. It kind of mirrors some of my first few shows and I’m thankful I got to see W.A.S.P. and Iron Maiden in a local venue, the last time both bands played the city.