Garrett Harris 2 p.m., Dec. 12
RIYL: New Kinetics, Shady Francos, Ty Segall, Nformals, the Schizophonics
- "Eat at Shady's" · March 30, 2016
Inception: San Diego, 2015
Influences: T. Rex, Humble Pie, Rolling Stones, Small Faces
Creepseed was launched by Joshua Kmak (New Kinetics, Shady Francos, Schizophonics), the nephew of drummer Joel Kmak (the Penetrators, Manual Scan, the Farmers) and bassist/vocalist Jeff Kmak (Powerthud, Joey Harris & the Mentals) and the son of Johnny Kmak (Johnny and the Goiters).
His first major musical endeavor, Nformals, was basically a solo project. Then, "In 2011," Josh says, "I heard this lo-fi garage rock and I was completely taken over by it. That’s when I became who I am.” He began writing the songs that would eventually fuel Shady Francos, a band he later left (though it continued with new members).
In late 2015, Kmak started work on a side project he calls Creepseed, a collection of surf-ish rock ballads with somber undertones and loads of reverb. The initial Creepseed tracks were recorded at Earthling Studios. A debut album called Rebel Jake, King of the Shake was released in 2016, with a followup out at the end of the year, The Undertone, the latter featuring guest turns from Pat Beers and Brian Reilly of the Schizophonics, a band also seen backing Kmak for live shows
Augmented by his former New Kinetics bandmate Brian Reilly (Hotel St. George, Hiroshima Mockingbirds) and drummer Danny Katz (Neighbors to the North), The Loneliest Man You'll Ever See EP was released in May 2017, followed in December of that year by their third album, The Beldam and the Holy Sloth, recorded at local Earthling Studios.