In spring 2015, Lower East Side rock band DAMEHT, formed by Rivington Starchild, Lucas Garzoli and Roman Lewis, fled NYC when Taylor Swift was named the “Global Welcome Ambassador.” They spent time recording together in Los Angeles—foreign territory for the east coast outfit—and during that period, laid the foundation for a forthcoming EP, due out later this year.
The project’s first single, “Creeper Creeper,” carries the sound of DAMEHT’s six-song Girl Jeans EP—a rowdy punk track with power-pop overtones that speaks equally to the lawless energy of Tompkins Square Park as it does radio. Staged inside a fog-filled dive, the music video features DAMEHT performing live, as its cult-like audience dances in-synch and altogether amplifies the campy glam-rock glory that’s largely extinct in music today.
As true LES pillars, it’s no surprise the band began collaborating with local legend Clayton Patterson, whose documentary Captured profiles the neighborhood’s raw community during the early ’80s. Though the area has since been taken over by fashion interns and expensive lapdogs, DAMEHT and Patterson are passionate about keeping the riotous creativity alive. Part of this ongoing pursuit is the collaborative revival of Clayton Caps—five-panel hats with Patterson’s original embroidery that date back to 1986—which will be available in the U.S. on Aug. 31 through DAMEHT.com.
Watch DAMEHT’s “Creeper Creeper,” below: