Jake Laux (vocals/guitar), Christian Andrews (bass/vocals/synths), Connor de Borhegyi (drums/vocals) and Josh DeMille (vocals/guitar) are Creepy Monday. The band released Sleepy Sunday which is a ten-song album.
After spending some time with this album it was clear the band has a lot of influences from disparate genres. I was getting all sorts of different flavors from shoegaze to emo to surf. There were times where it felt coming of age, other times where it felt like I was back in the mid ’90s listening to My Bloody Valentine.
This album actually isn’t all that creepy. The first couple of seconds of the opening song “Waste” is slightly ominous but after that not really. “Waste” is less straight shoegaze but is also a well crafted song with notable melodies.
“Mr. Sun” is clearly a case of them combining shoegaze with anthemic pop punk. They do it in an impressive manner. I felt like I was listening to early Weezer if they were more influenced by Ride, Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. They continue to have success with “Pastries” which is where there is more of a modern shoegaze sound not unlike a band like DIIV. You can hear the emo come out on “Satellite” while they slow things down with “Sloppy Poppy.”
They ramp up the energy with another highlight entitled “Viscous Emulsions.” The band gets a great guitar tone here and I loved the unique vocal approach. They explore ambience on “Float” but also reach epic heights. The off kilter “Assembly Line” and “Magician” goes back to ’90s emo in different ways. They close with “Cobwebs” which is undeniably epic in every sense of the word.
There is a lot to unpack in this album. It’s a bit of a grower and I thought they do a fantastic job creating their own sound from various influences. This album has broad appeal and is a great debut.
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