Newcastle, UK nu-metal / metalcore band CREAK are today premiering a new music video for Hare in the Woods via Metal Injection. Hare in the Woods is taken from the quartet’s recently released debut album, Depth Perception, which is available via Prosthetic Records.
Speaking on the premiere, CREAK vocalist Jack Dunn comments: “We feel like Hare In The Woods is the best song to sum up CREAK as a band, and we wanted to make sure that the video matched that feeling.
“Working with Murry Deaves was an opportunity for us to try something new and see how close we could get to incorporating all of those anxious feelings that inspired the song, and give us a chance to really capitalise on the old art-house horror influence. Murry really understood what we were trying to do, and we’re all stoked on how everything has come together. We’re really excited about the fact we’ve managed to do a video that feels like those old films.
“There were a lot of new elements in the filming process that were new to us and felt like a step up. This was our first time using real post-production effects, and the way Deaves was able to put some of the shots together felt like a movie. We shot everything over a day at Antwerp Mansion and it was a really great day for us to finish off the videos for the album.”
Speaking on the recently released Depth Perception, Dunn adds: “We can’t get across how much we appreciate the response we’ve had to the album so far, and it really means the world to us that people have taken the time to check it out. When we first started putting Depth Perception together we couldn’t have imagined that we’d be in the position we’re in now and that we’d have had as much support as we have.
“We’re finalising future shows at the moment, to make sure that when we tour the album it’s as big as possible and everyone who has supported us has a chance to see these songs at their best when live.”
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.
Depth Perception tracklist:
2. Hare in the Woods
3. An Endless Black
5. Restless Dreams
7. Left to Heaven
8. Depth Perception
9. The Early Hours Know My Secrets
10. Cold Shoulder
11. I’m Not Alone in the Dark
12. A Head Full of Rain