Formed in 1987, their original line up was Andy (vocals) Lil (vocals) Tally (bass) Roy (drums) Lindy (drums)and Paul (guitar), their original sound was a wall of percussive noise ( two drummers and a drum machine) Slayer type thrash metal guitars and screamed vocals.
Lil left after their 3rd gig, and now runs Household Name Records, a London Punk/Hardcore Label, and All Ages Records in Camden, London.
The band’s first release was a track on the House of Dolls fanzine covermounted 7” single.
They then self released the 12” EP Nailed Up For Nothing, before being signed to Jungle Records of London UK, who re released the EP and put them in the studio to record the following two EPs, ‘Mug’ and ‘Bark’ (which included a thrashy cover verion of the Cure’s ‘A Forest’)
Guitarist Paul Scanlan left following the release of their first 3 12” eps, and has since played guitar in Satanic metal band Akercocke.
The group then recruited Richard and Mario as guitarists, and Des replaced Lindy on drums, to produce their most enduring line up.
In 1990 Creaming Jesus went on tour with Fields Of The Nephilim to co-incide with their debut album ‘Too Fat To Run, Too Stupid To Hide’. The band returned almost immediately to the studio to record two more singles, ‘Deadtime’ and ‘Ditchdweller V’ (‘Single of the Issue’, Raw). Their second album, ‘Guilt By Association’ produced by Brian Chuck New, stormed into the top ten in the indie charts and refused to leave for months, as they toured the length and breath of the country.
Following the departure of Des, who was replaced by percussionist Roger, a further session yielded the original ‘Headrush’ E.P. which co-incided with a full 4 week UK tour and also heavily dented the indie charts.
They toured extensively throughout Europe and Scandinavia, and were one of the first UK bands to play in the newly independent country of (what was) Czechoslovakia.
Overseas demand led to their first three singles being compiled for an album ‘It’s Dance Magic’.
Creaming Jesus’s songs provide a (sometimes tongue in cheek) social comment of various hot topics of the time,sexual and racial harassment, exploitation of animals, the destruction of the planet, and the general collapse of humanity in an intense, explosive style. All members drawing on their diverse musical influences and tastes to create a disturbing musical hybrid.
For their third album, the band took time off from touring to prepare the new material and after much planning recorded with Dave Fridmann of Mercury Rev as producer in Sweetfish, an isolated converted barn in upstate New York. They had met when Creaming jesus and Mercury Rev toured the UK and Europe together on Mercury Rev’s first ever dates in Europe. The result of this session being the album ‘Chaos for the Converted’, preceeded by the single ‘Hamburg’, their style evolving away from the relentless industrial gothic thrash of their previous releases to explore a more experimental psychedelic sound.
The band’s final performance in 1994 was at the Venue in New Cross, South London, a gig which was recorded and later released by Jungle Records under the title ‘End Of An Error’. By this time their sound was further augmented by the addition of violin player Ffion, who now plays in the band Pronghorn.
The track ‘Reptile’ from the ‘Guilt…’ album made an appearance in an episode of the TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, renewing interest in the bands career.
Singer Andy went on to play in extreme noise band Ridiculous with members of Headbutt and The Homage Freaks; releasing one track on the first Household Name records release. He then produced music under various pseudonyms including Armchair Generals, The Master ( Hubcap Decorator Trilogy) and Filtrum ( Sad Robot Happy Robot). He is has been a member of Giant Paw, but currently plays with the Steampunk band “The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing”
Edited by ghostocain on 10 May 2013, 19:23
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