The story of the Creel Commission...
The Commission was commenced in 1918 by John Creel to brainwash the American public into supporting a war against the Axis. By blood and initiation the rites of the original commission were passed down through several generations into the hands of several young men who found that the sands of time had destroyed their link with government. As free thinking agents, there could be only one conclusion: to start a band and take on all comers in the battlefield of London rock venues; to scream and yell for justice and fight for the freedom of people everywhere; to bear the standard for truth and democracy and fight the heathen attitudes of modern indulgent apathy with the ultimate indulgence of rock 'n roll.
Well, at least they started with good intentions. Soon enough though they were playing indie-rock/ska/metal/whatever-the-crowd-wanted and forgetting all the truths that had first spurred them on. But brother were they loving it! Soon values mattered no longer; now 'more-uptempo-setlists' and 'moving-around-more-on-stage-to-give-the-impression-that-you-rock' became the Utter Creed. The crowds were wild for the Creel Deal. The legendary Creel-Mobile rolled into existence and the band took their newfound zeal to the masses. Hitting the area known as 'North of the Watford Gap' proved a campaign too far: the band being astonished at its size had to flee southwards to familiar London womb of geeza promoters and sticky feet, where the zeal was appreciated by those in the know.
Distorted and bloodied by the campaign trail the Commission dissolved into the abyss of its own super-uncommercial commerciality and with wild eyes and daggers in hand can now be found in a venue near you, screaming rabid and spraying A&R with banned musical pesticides whilst simultaneously summoning ancient gods and saying 'take yer fookin limp corporate sausages back to yer offices...' The commission were five modern insider outsider don't-have-a-hope-any-more maniacs, joined out of compulsion and habit to deafen one another.
The Commission was doomed, but was all the more beautiful because of this. They never agreed with one another and they certainly didn't agree with you. All they knew is that Armageddon is coming and they have vowed to contribute to the roar.
In 2005 the Creel Commission recorded some singles, got half-way towards an album, gigged like hell, rolled out a series of media onslaught interviews with the best and the worst minds in the world. Then, as predicted, they self-combusted owing to the sheer unsustainability of the band's dynamism.
Their last decree: 'we shall fight them on the beaches and under the streets no matter how loud the sound system and how bad our ear protection. May god help us all.'
Commission Commission were:
Ed Pryde - Vocals, guitar, keyboard - 'The Hermit'
Jim Kroft - Vocals, acoustic guitar, guitar - 'The Fool'
Ben Barritt - Lead guitar - 'The Slayer'
Ed Lowther - Lead guitar - 'Zatoichi'
James Lentaigne - Bass guitar - 'The Devil'
Chris Necrews - Drums - 'Strength'
Archived Bio Pages:
Earnest and sincere Indy-rock bio of sometime around mid-2004