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The Creeping Ivies The Witch House EPFlowers In The Dustbin
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Kev W - Jul 6, 2015
It's little wonder that Glasgow trio The Creeping Ivies have been compared to the likes of The Cramps. Firstly, there's that name (could it be a nod to Poison Ivy?), secondly, their new EP is called 'The Witch House', and thirdly, they also draw influence from '60s garage music. In truth, it's more towards the 'Nuggets' side of things that The Creeping Ivies lean to, rather than the disjointed psychobilly of the cult US heroes. In terms of quality, there's little to choose between the trio of songs on offer. 'Bye Bye Babe' is perhaps slightly different in sound, taking JAMC/Raveonettes percussion and throwing in some melodious girl group harmonies, as well as a lovely guitar break that could be The Raveonettes themselves. It's a pop song, but maybe not in the traditional sense of the word, and is very moreish - repeat plays are a must.
The other two tracks have more in common (not that 'Bye Bye Babe' doesn't share a certain similarity). 'Only The Moon' has another contagious chorus and some neat handclaps, as elements of surf creep into the jangling guitar - especially for the solo. Really, this is probably what The Drums have been trying to do for years but never really got close to. The lead-track is arguably the darkest and those beat group influences are firmly on display. It would be considered a classic 45 had it been released in 1965. Fifty years on, it still sounds like a band who've perfected the ideas they're trying to convey and is deserving of far more attention than its likely to get. Time to delve into their back-catalogue for more goodies...