Cherry Glazerr – Stuffed & Ready
LA noisemakers Cherry Glazerr have been carving out their own space since frontwoman Clementine Creevy was in her teens; there’s so much of that spirit in Stuffed & Ready, you can almost smell it
Back in summer 2017, LA noisemakers Cherry Glazerr were lauded by the New York Times as one of the bands proving that women are making the best rock music today. It was the same year as the release of their sophomore record Apocalipstick, and a notable shift from their lo-fi bedroom days when frontwoman Clementine Creevy was just 15-years-old carving out songs under the solo moniker Clembutt. Six years on from the band’s inception and Creevy is still making waves but, like any good polymath, she’s a bit of a shapeshifter. There was that brief stint modelling for Aussie designer Emma Mudholland, writing the soundtrack for Saint Laurent’s AW14 collection and a cameo in Amazon original Transparent (where she fronts the fictional rock band Glitterish).
But if Apocalipstick saw Creevy swept up in mainstream music headlines, Stuffed & Ready (much like a well-seasoned Thanksgiving dinner) is self-satisfying, turning inwards on her own state rather than the United kind. As the songwriter herself admits: "With Apocalipstick, I was an over-confident teenager trying to solve the world’s problems. With Stuffed & Ready, I’m a much wearier and perhaps a more cynical woman who believes you need to figure your own self out first."
Recent single Wasted Nun is dense with dirgy guitars which chug on like the daily slog the song interrogates: 'Make myself tough, making my commotion / Going through these motions'. Self Explained has a Warpaint lilt and shuffle only to crash into buzzsaw guitars, a similar dichotomy to Isolation’s languid verse, which rips into a guitar tone straight out of a Marine Stern pedal board.
It’s penultimate track Stupid Fish, doused in 90s chorus, though, where Creevy is at her best: visceral and unrelenting. As she charts a potent but poisonous relationship, she screams over the drone: 'I see myself in you and that’s why I fucking hate you'. But it’s our differences that make us stronger, right? Thankfully, Cherry Glazerr have been carving out their own space since Creevy was in her teens. And there’s so much of that spirit in Stuffed & Ready, you can almost smell it.
Listen to: Wasted Nun, Stupid Fish, Distressor