Creep Show – John Grant + Wrangler – last month announced news of their long-awaited new album, ‘Yawning Abyss,’ out June 16 via Bella Union and available to preorder here. Having previously shared the album’s highly addictive title track, Creep Show reveal their atmospheric and mysterious new single, Bungalow. Commenting on the track John Grant says: “I’ve always been a bit obsessed by bungalows and what went on inside them back in the 30s and 40s in L.A. I also love to watch noir films and this song is an expression of that.” Stephen ‘Mal’ Mallinder adds: “In the bungalow… the scene of what event? What villainous crime takes place? A Lynchian scenario, flickering neon, a shadowy presence hangs in the air. A lush and sensuous setting for nefarious nocturnal happenings. A soundtrack sets the scene.”
Listen to Bungalow here or watch the visualizer via YouTube below.
In the five years since Creep Show’s acclaimed ‘Mr Dynamite’ album was released it’s fair to say that we’ve all been through a fair bit. Sitting here, in 2023, things don’t seem to be getting any better. There’s the cost of living crisis and political meltdowns; we’re in deep water with global warming and to top it all there’s a war on our doorstep. Back in 2018 everything seemed less complicated. Sure, there was stuff to get riled about, but we knew nothing about what was to come. ‘Mr Dynamite’ was a fairground ride into the dark corners of a world that was on the brink of being blitzed in a blender. It was a record teetering on the edge. Five years down the line you’d expect the follow-up, ‘Yawning Abyss,’ would double-down and bring the white-knuckled, teeth-gritted fury of the last five years to the boil.
‘Yawning Abyss’ track list
1. The Bellows
3. Yawning Abyss
8. Steak Diane
9. The Bellows Reprise
And yet…. A quick recap? No problem. Wrangler + John Grant = Creep Show. And Creep Show? “A band of musical misfits who have found a voice or two”, says Wrangler’s Ben “Benge” Edwards, whose Bond villain studio on the edge of a moorland is Creep Show Grand Central as well as home to an analogue synth arsenal that could sink ships. Wrangler have known each other for a while. Tunng’s electronics wizard Phil Winter and Cabaret Voltaire’s trailblazing, pioneering frontman Stephen Mallinder go way back, while Phil and Benge crossed paths in the 21st century when they seemed to be increasingly in the same venues at the same times. Meanwhile, Mal had been living in Australia since the mid-90s and when, in 2007, he returned to the UK his old pal Phil suggested he meet Benge and the three of them immediately began working together. Wrangler collectively bumped into Grant at their soundcheck for Sheffield’s Sensoria Festival in 2014 where they were playing with Carter Tutti. A friendship blossomed and when they were invited to perform together for Rough Trade’s 40th anniversary show at London’s Barbican in 2016, well, they jumped at the chance… and Creep Show was born.