Crimson Creatures (2021–)

Greenwood was the codename of a prototype Dorset Post-Progressive band formed by Richard Stockdill (keyboards and songwriting) and Matthew Cornes (bass, vocals, art and lyrics) in 2021.

Crimson Creatures band photo

They met in a lockdown band which had stalled after several false starts. They decided to go it alone, and sent their work in progress to Keith, who assumed the roles of guitarist, producer and engineer.

After steering three demos towards being fully-formed songs, they set about working through the rest of the unfinished material. By April 2022, they had a new name and 12 completed songs.

Crimson Creatures EP

They released 3 of their pool of songs as an eponymous debut EP, Crimson Creatures.

The band always wanted to play live, if possible, so their songs had been recorded with minimal overdubs. They could be performed pretty much as they were.

The next stage was live performance. The trio started to rehearse, and they went through several drummers over the next few months.

In the Green Wood

Meanwhile, the rest of their songs were sequenced as their 42-minute debut album, In the Green Wood, which was released on 1st July 2022.

The album proved difficult to describe to the uninitiated. Some of the songs were influenced by 70s Progressive Rock and Electronic Music, but without sounding like it was stuck in the past. Overall, there was a more modern feel to the album. The band settled on the term Post-Progressive.

Fragments

The band’s songs so far had lasted around the 3 to 6 minute mark. During development of songs for the second album, they decided to tackle a more ambitious composition.

The ‘song’ evolved into a theatrical piece about a traumatised woman in a catatonic state. Over the summer, they focused on Fragments, and it began to take on a life of its own. When it was finished, it deserved a separate release.