Premiere: CREO mark their return with new single, Juliet
The pacing alt-rock anthem is their first single in almost two years.
It's been a long time between drinks for Sydney-based outfit CREO, so for the sake of catch-ups, let us reintroduce you to the group before we dive into what's new in their world for 2020.
Initially emerging back in 2012/2013, the Sydney group have become cult-favourites of the alt-rock live stage, playing Falls Festival amongst supports for Nothing But Thieves and British India as well as sold-out shows of their own, scattered across much of the last decade. It makes sense why, too. With everything they've put out over their careers (including three EPs in 2014, 2017 and 2018 respectively), CREO have seemingly one-upped themselves; their last release, for example - last year's driving and energy-capturing In The Red EP - channelling long-time favourites from Queens of the Stone Age to Foals with their strong-footed, but still catchy and anthemic sound.
The past year has been a little quiet for the group, however, spending the time since their last EP honing in on their craft and putting in work to take their sound into new directions for the future, something we're beginning to hear with their first release for the year and their first of what's to come, Juliet.
In many ways, Juliet is quintessential CREO albeit moved forward a few years, taking the pacing indie-rock rhythms that have defined their sound in the past and bringing it forward to 2020. It's playful and light-hearted in sound; the dancing rhythms of acts like Foals and Everything Everything coming through a little stronger in Juliet's opening before it transforms into a searing alt-rock chorus, very much representative of the anthemic, had-gripping cries that finds itself common amongst their older work.
Go a touch deeper, however, and you'll find that Juliet is a bit of a reflective piece from the band, who look back on the city that made them over the last decade, as frontman Jorjee Haman explains. "The track is a personal reflection of what our beloved hometown (Sydney) has become over the last five or so years," he says on the track. "It’s not a protest piece because we’re not really that sort of band but more so an observation of the state of the current nightlife and the overall vibe of the city. Some of our favourite places growing up have lost their heartbeat and we’ve felt somewhat helpless watching it all slowly decline into a corporate wasteland."
There's really something to love here, and with more on the horizon in the near future - including a video clip for Juliet - dive into the single below as it premieres on Pilerats ahead of its full release tomorrow: