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Deep Creep avoid classic rock idealism

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Deep Creep is a band with pedigree. Photo courtesy of Facebook

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Music culture has a way of building upon itself, of establishing groups of talented individuals that branch out into new and interesting projects. Just a couple weeks ago, Spencer Kelley of Basemint came out of hiding to debut his new project, Deep Kink, featuring local and ex-local musicians like Ben Roth, Jay Clancy and Jeff Southard. Being fed a reminder of what talent we manage to churn out here in Tacoma is a nice thing, and one that doesn't seem to happen with as much frequently as Seattle, where artists mix and match with as much frequency as brand new bands hitting the scene.

Deep Creep - not to be confused with Deep Kink - is a band that unites at the populated intersection of the Murder City Devils, Pretty Girls Make Graves, the Cave Singers and Cute Lepers. Like Deep Kink, oddly enough, Deep Creep favor the stompy rock of the '70s, while also branching out into unique areas of their own devising.

"Derek (Fudesco) and I were working together at Easy Street Records," says guitarist Brian Yeager. "We decided that we wanted to start writing songs together. We both had similar interests in music, and we got along well, so that's what we did. Then, we got Jeff Alvarez on the drums and Andrea Zollo singing."

Some readers may know Fudesco and Zollo as the forming members of Pretty Girls Make Graves. As a vocalist, Zollo leads Deep Creep with a voice that howls and deadpans in equal measure, creating the sort of platonic ideal of a New Wave frontwoman. With all of the '70s-indebted crunch, her vocals are one of the main factors keeping this from devolving into classic rock idealism. When Deep Creep strays from this format, they do so in "Move a Little," which has already gotten some attention for its boisterous, B-52s-esque shimmy.

Though attention has already been paid to Deep Creep, the band hasn't existed for very long, at all. In fact, their Tacoma show will be their fifth performance. Normally, I don't like writing about bands with such little experience, but Deep Creep is filled with veterans, and the four songs they've released online indicate a band far more put together than its time would indicate.

"The main thing was that we wanted to play songs that we really enjoyed playing together," says Yeager. "Stuff that we wanted to listen to, and stuff that we hadn't played. ... I'm really excited, man. It feels great. It feels fresh. The response has been great. People dance, which is nice."

A conversation I keep having, is about these great bands that I've known that invariably throw in the towel and let me down. Names will be omitted, of course, but let it be known that I've since tried to have less of an investment in local bands getting big. Just existing is fine enough for me, now. Still, it's exciting to see bands really put the effort in. Bands like Tangerine and Coma Figura give me hope for a new generation of local bands. Deep Creep is a band with pedigree, but it's still nice to see them so actively hit the scene. Maybe it's easier to lay low in Tacoma than in Deep Creep's native Seattle, but the effect is still the same: give a shit about your band, and I will give a shit about you.

It certainly helps, in the case of Deep Creep, if you have the goods. What wrecks me is talented bands fading away. What a relief to see Deep Creep just beginning to grow.

DEEP CREEP, w/ Young Evils, Show & Tell, 8 p.m., Saturday, June 7, The New Frontier Lounge, 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma, cover tba, 253.572.4020

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