Newcastle, UK band CREAK has today announced their signing to Prosthetic Records, with plans to release their debut album Depth Perception on August 18. Alongside the signing and album announcement, CREAK has shared the lead single Restless Dreams with an accompanying music video directed by Zak Pinchin. On their first full-length CREAK present a volatile mix of nu-metal, hardcore and metalcore, and Depth Perception is sure to propel CREAK towards the upper echelons of the UK underground.
Speaking on the signing, CREAK vocalist Jack Dunn comments: "Releasing our debut album on Prosthetic is something that all of us are really excited about. It means a lot to us that we can have a release on a label alongside bands that we’re not only fans of but that we’ve also been influenced by. We really feel we’ve found a home for the band with Prosthetic."
Dunn continues: "The album overall focuses on dealing with family illness and trauma, and for me personally my internal struggle in a lot
of those situations. Feeling guilty about my own emotions, and going over things in a circle in my own head, trying to get to a point where I
can try to become comfortable with them. The album was a way for me to get a lot of that negativity out."
The four piece from Newcastle set out initially to craft a new EP to follow on from 2020’s rapturously-received Bitter Picture vignette, but once writing was underway, the ideas kept on coming. Channeling the same furious vitriol found on their earlier singles and the EP, CREAK managed to push their boundaries further still - finding room for experimentation within their chaotic vision. Citing influences such as Yüth Forever and Sworn In, their background in hardcore is rarely far from view, but eerie Lynchian interludes, clean vocals and metallic sensibilities contribute additional layers that elevate their sound.
Lyrically and thematically the tracks are saturated with pure emotion, fuelled by - amongst other things - the anguish that accompanied Dunn’s mother’s journey with cancer. Using CREAK as an outlet for processing his feelings during that time, he adds: “I was feeling guilty about my own emotions, and going over things in a circle in my own head trying to get to a point where I could try to become comfortable with them.” Finding it easier to work through his feelings through his lyrics than to verbalise in ‘real life’, Depth Perception is something of an anthology of dread, pain, mortality - and hope.
The album took shape over several months between 2021 and 2022, with Connor Sweeney (formerly of Loathe) reprising the role he took on for Bitter Picture, producing, mixing and mastering the twelve blistering tracks. The live recording achieves the near-impossible task of capturing the frenetic, unbridled vigor of their live show; their angular metalcore punctuating an eerie soundscape permeated with anxious energy. With high hopes and boundless enthusiasm, CREAK are gathering pace as an unstoppable force.