Single Review: Creature’s ‘Something More’
The second coming of “subpop” band Creature’s single releases this year takes us back to the early 90s with their brooding grunge style.
The first thing I noticed when I stuck ‘Something More’ on by Creature was a sinister and dark bass tone, carrying the song from start to finish. That’s what stands out immediately with this band, how tight their rhythm section truly is. They seem to be synchronised together throughout this track to create a strong backbone for the song to stand upon.
I absolutely love the distorted sound the bassist has achieved with their use of effects, it’s something you don’t tend to see often, with many bands opting for the bassist to play with a much cleaner tone. It’s perfect for this type of music though, something I would define as a fusion between 90s Grunge and Hard Rock.
‘Something More’ hits hard with a fantastic bit of guitar at the start, a riff that Kurt Cobain would be proud of. What I loved was the guitarist’s use of the high pitch mothership esc effect, playing single notes throughout the verse. This complements the bass well as I’ve always found in bands with only one guitarist that you need an exceptional guitarist to pull it off and sound unique. With many bands opting for a standard two guitar attack, I’m pleased to say that Creature really pull off the one guitar sound perfectly.
‘Something More’ is a fantastic single. It gives off a dark vibe throughout, but with an ambiguous title that makes me ponder what the songwriter envisioned while conceiving this track. There’s a real Nirvana feel to vocals and Sam Avery really sings with emotion in a similar manner to Cobain. Unlike Nirvana though, the music also reminds me a lot of Alice in Chains. It’s loud, it’s heavy, it’s in your face and it’s worth a listen.
The future of the Newcastle music scene is bright, with bands like Creature leading the way and writing fantastic songs like ‘Something More’. It’s a true indicator of the diversity within our music scene, showing us that there is still a place for the likes of grunge, hard rock and alternative rock in the world. A fantastic effort all around, I will definitely be checking these guys out live in the future, and you should be too.
Photography by Rosie Davison Photography