Creeper’s second album Sex, Death & The Infinite Void reached fifth spot in the UK album charts recently and, in tandem, they also have a podcast which details how they defeated the odds stacked against them to create the LP.
In the third episode and trying to hold back tears throughout a long and intense pause, guitarist Ian Miles opens up about his mental health, and a manic episode that left him in hospital and with his life changed forever. Whilst it’s a totally raw snippet of what happened, the frank discussion of such an experience is rare and refreshing whilst mental health issues are still so stigmatised.
As the podcast explains, most bands claim they go through hell and back to make a record but this one really did.
Having known both Ian and frontman Will Gould from the punk scene in their hometown Southampton, podcast producer and founder of Mighty Moon Media, Giles Bidder tasked himself with the pleasure of creating the series.
“Creeper have a constant, coexisting fictional story running parallel to what they do in the flesh and this podcast documentary is about the non-fictional side to their story,” Giles tells me.
“When they started bringing out singles for Sex, Death & the Infinite Void, I felt there had to be some kind of actual story behind how the record was made. It turned out that there were some really big stories left unturned there, and the band decided to bring them to the world in the format of this podcast.”
Giles approached the project initially from a journalism standpoint, interviewing Will, Ian, their bandmate Hannah, manager Ian Dickinson, producer Xandy Barry, and music journalist Beez to fully understand the narratives at play.
“Next stage is editing, telling that story, piecing it together in a coherent rhythm in a way that’s relatable to anyone, whether they know the band or not yet. That’s one of my big aims: to help tell this story that is fascinating to anyone, making it accessible.”
“When Episode III came out, Ian painstakingly describes the day he went to the hospital,” Giles goes on. “And watching the tweets roll in supporting Ian was a real feeling of positive energy. My Twitter feed was teeming with love for Ian and the band. It was incredible. Moments like that make it all become real, and you can just feel the truth in that unfiltered communication. Creeper fans are one of a kind.”
Being able to tell this story with full control of the output allows fans to hear what happened directly from the band they loved, without any hidden agendas or pressure from things like magazine angles or sales targets.
“We can close our eyes and let our imaginations run wild. I think people are realising that saying you don’t like podcasts is like saying you don’t like stories. The format is so flexible. They can be about anything.”
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