Celebrating Noise Pop’s 25th Anniversary was the appropriate venue for a comeback, reunion or whatever label is tossed around when describing a collective of talented artist that regroup for one more night of fulfilling rock and roll. Creeper Lagoon rose through the music industry the ranks in San Francisco in the early 90s and had success with the tracks “Wrecking Ball” and “Under The Tracks” off Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday. The band was a reoccurring guest on Noise Pop’s roster and it was a suitable location for their reunion. The two destinations on this farewell tour included two shows at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill and L.A.’s The Echo. The original lineup included Sharky Laguana, Ian Sefchick, Dave Kostiner and Dan Carr.
As the band came onto the stage, a huge applause filled the venue as the crowd anticipated their every move. “Thank you for coming out. We’ll make this quick,” Sefchick laughed as the crowd chuckled while some replied, ‘Nooooo.’ They plugged in and proceeded with “Chance Of A Lifetime.” Sefchick paused as if he fumbled a line, “I knew this was the show. It’s our last one; that everything would go wrong. Hopefully everybody’s drunk enough to not give a shit.” The fans were with them all the way. Even when a false start on “Wrecking Ball” caused Sefchick to bail on the song, he continued with a smile on his face.“I fucking knew it,” Sefchick said. But the crowd wasn’t bothered and asked for a restart. “That was like when you’re eating a bowl of chili and you find a finger in it. That’s what that was,” Carr replied. They moved past it and continued with the next track “Drop Your Head.” They couldn’t help but to come back to “Wrecking Ball,” knocking it out of the park as the fans sung along.
The show was dynamic as they even through a few covers in their set including ones form The National, The Pixies and Guided By Voices. “Well, this is the song that started it all,” Sefchick recounted the infamous day that set the band into motion. “Sharky, why don’t you tell them about it,” Sefchick said as he set up Laguana’s tale on the origins of Creeper Lagoon. “I had a Tascam 388 8-track reel to reel. I spliced this Neil Young loop, ‘Out On The Weekend.’ So I recorded this song and sent it off to a friend and he put it out and made 500 copies. Maybe I got 50 and the rest of them scattered throughout the world. One of them landed in a record store right here in Los Angeles, just one. This guy walks into the record store and says, ‘Hey, what’s good?’ Record store owner says, ‘That Creeper Lagoon single’s pretty good.’ So he takes it home and puts it on the record player and sends me a letter, on David Geffen stationary. It says, ‘I don’t know who you are but I want to make records with you.” The crowd was floored by the story.
“I didn’t tell anybody but I had a secret planning involving this guy.” Laguana points to Sefchick. “I was back in Ohio,” Sefchick replies. “…Visiting for Christmas. After we smoked a bowl, Sharky says ‘I got to show you something.’ And he busted that out and I said, ‘I’m in, man.’” The song that started it all was the heartbreaking song, “Tonight Was Fun.” Laguana added, “One last little thing, that guy that walked into that record store is here tonight.” Time stopped as they dominated the room with the haunting track that adequately captured the moment shared by everyone in attendance.
The serendipitous moments behind this band made for a tearful goodbye (but hopefully not the end) to an incredible rock legacy. “As you leave, we printed up songbooks of all of out songs, the lyrics, the chords and even the tabs. Pick one up. You cold learn our songs and teach your children,” Sefchick added with a laugh. The crowd cheered as the night was closed with “Dead Deadly.” The fans hope Creeper Lagoon has another few reunion shows hidden under their sleeves down the line. Maybe a 30-year anniversary show. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Chance Of A Lifetime
Under The Tracks
Motor Away (Guided By Voices cover)
Drop Your Head
Blood Buzz Ohio (The National cover)
Keep From Moving
Tonight Was Fun
Where Is My Mind (Pixies cover)