“Every year, there’s always a band I see for the first time at SXSW and immediately decamp to Waterloo Records to buy their album. This year, Creepoid are the winners of that particular sweepstakes.” — Kyle Anderson, Entertainment Weekly
After releasing two albums with No Idea, an EP for Graveface, and countless miles logged on the road with everyone from Against Me! and Balance and Composure to Kurt Vile and A Place to Bury Strangers, Philadelphia’s Creepoid lands at Collect Records for Cemetery Highrise Slum—a document of stunning growth that truly crystallizes the promise of an already feverishly loved band.
Produced and mixed by Peter Mavrogeorgis (The National, Sharon Van Etten) at Dollhouse Studios in Savannah, GA, Cemetery Highrise Slum strips away at the reticence of previous albums with a bold and focused effort that places equal measure on high definition and playful ambiguity alike. That critics have never quite been able to contain Creepoid’s style—they’ve been called everything from punk and psych to dream-pop and grunge—is not as much a conflict as it is a statement, and with this collection, the band finds itself at an idiosyncratic intersection of their own design. “American Smile” allows a firm, but aggressive impulse to be led by a graceful hand, while “Devil in the Subtext” drafts ‘60s psych alongside late-‘80s art-punk tendencies with staggering cohesion. On “Dried Out,” however, Creepoid culminates a mid-album apex with a practical real-world declarative: “Show me the real you,” they ask. A rare and fully realized third album, Cemetery Highrise Slum delivers on its own demands.
1. American Smile
2. Devil in the Subtext
5. Dried Out
8. Tell the Man
9. Worthless & Pure