April 10, 2019

Creep Show UK Tour Announcement

Following excellent reviews for their debut LP Mr Dynamite, which was Electronic Sound magazine’s Album of the Year, Creep Show have announced news of a UK tour this Autumn… Dates/info below. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 12th April, at 10am:


Saturday 5th October – SHEFFIELD – Sensoria Festival tickets

Sunday 6th October – LIVERPOOL – Arts Club tickets

Tuesday 8th October – BRISTOL – Bristol Trinity tickets

Wednesday 9th October – LONDON – Scala tickets

Thursday 10th October – BRIGHTON – The Old Market tickets

Friday 11th October – HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades Club tickets

Saturday 12th October – NEWCASTLE – The Boiler Shop tickets

Monday 14th October – GLASGOW – The Art School tickets


Creep Show brings together John Grant with the dark analogue electro of Wrangler (Stephen Mallinder / Phil Winter / Benge). Recorded in Cornwall with a lifetime’s collection of drum machines and synthesisers assembled by Benge and explored by every member of Creep Show, Mr Dynamite conveys real sense of freedom in the shackles-off grooves, channelling the early pioneering spirit of the Sugarhill Gang through wires and random electric noise.


Critical acclaim for Mr Dynamite, released Spring 2018 via Bella Union:


“A deliciously dark electro team–up. Music as tense as Pink Squirrel and as Kraftwerky as Tokyo Metro come together quite happily in the snarling Creep Show sound.” Q – 4 Stars ****


“A full-blown, fun and fearless blast of analogue synthesis… The album asserts the great variety and malleability of electronic music.” The i Paper – 4 Stars **** (Album of the Week)


“There is a mischievous liberationist spirit, a sense of old friends coming together to relax the rules and try out everything in the musical toy box… Propulsive, kinetic and buzzing with paranoid otherness, this is a fantastic exercise in sense–mangling sonic collage.” Uncut – 7/10


“Their debut album is a riot, bending pitches, tempos and comprehension into nice slices of fried, wry funk pop.” Record Collector – 4 Stars ****


“Dark, incendiary electronica harking back to the anything–goes post–punk aesthetic of the late 70s… The record never stands still.”  Mixmag – 8/10


“Giddy feelings of mischief and liberation collide on the title–track’s pitched–down threat and the disorientating K Mart Johnny… Grant’s trademark baritone returns, at its persuasive best, on Modern Parenting, although it’s wonderfully ruminative closer Safe and Sound that resonates long after the end.” MOJO


“An exciting blend of bizarre twisted electro and otherworldly cosmic funk… Unique and exhilarating.” Louder Than War – 8/10


“Their debut channels repetitive, infectious krautrock… Epic in structure and with subtle Brian Eno-like touches, the songs manage to be both cohesive and fiercely innovative.”

Evening Standard


“A debut album that is by turns ominous-sounding, inventive and, on K Mart Johnny – a Blue Jam-like evocation of plastic-dinosaur-based children revenge – surprisingly funny.”

The Observer


“Pitch–perfect… A playful and expertly curated exercise in vintage electronic music.” Financial Times


“Creep Show will delight you… The remarkable ‘Endangered Species’ and the affirmative ‘Safe and Sound’ are as good as anything Grant has done solo.” Sunday Times


“A fearsome array of analogue and modular–synth sounds, eerie vocal effects and beautifully processed classic drum machine hits… Dark, sci–fi tinged electro with attitude to spare.”

Long Live Vinyl – 7/10


“Utterly brilliant, esoteric dance music… Creep Show is a Frankenstein’s monster of a project, merging the progressive balladism of John Grant with the dark analogue electro of Wrangler. Musically we are taken everywhere.” Loud & Quiet – 7/10


“Equal parts playful and malevolent, this sits at the experimental end of the synth–pop spectrum and offers enticing grooves aplenty.” Classic Pop


Last Friday via Bella Union, Creep Show have shared a striking video for the album’s title track. The video, according to director Luke Pendrell, is “a hyper collage of machinic desires. A collision of technology and the supernatural. An AI attempting to assimilate and reconcile Crowley, Anger and Kubelka. A dromological stichomancy, seeking and making configurations and invocations from the haunted detritus of an accelerated culture.” Meanwhile, Creep Show vocalist and former Cabaret Voltaire frontman Stephen Mallinder describes it as “a high-speed chase through a busted cathode ray tube, a bullet train ride along the rails of pop art’s underbelly.”

For more info contact:
Duncan Jordan @ Bella Union
Tel: 07866 758952