“It’s nice being so close to you all for a change,” grins Mark Hoppus before Simple Creatures slide into the gothic dance of ‘Adrenaline’. Tonight the band, an excuse for him and Alex Gaskarth to try something new without the weight of legacy, are playing their first ever show outside of America. It’s their fifth live outing ever.
“Normally when a band first starts out, they suck for the first year or two. Like, really suck. Welcome to that part of our band,” Mark continues. And sure, things do go wrong. Their equipment falls asleep and samplers fail to launch “but we’re so good, you don’t even notice.”
Between them, the pair have over forty years experience playing live and while Simple Creatures is a brand new adventure, they never shy away from their history. Mark and Alex know that every person in the room came because of their work in blink and All Time Low, but they stay because Simple Creatures have something to say. From the brash, lollipop charm of ‘Drug’ through the haunted regret of ‘How To Live’ to ‘Ether’s twitching escape, there’s a darkness to these strobe-lit disco romps.