Cherry Glazerr find gritty new sound in Stuffed and Ready
Stuffed & Ready (2019), the third album by L.A. alt-rock band Cherry Glazerr, is more dissonant and powerful than their previous albums. The sound and lyrics are more introspective and restless, but their newest album remains true to the band’s roots.
Cherry Glazerr evolved from what began as teenage Clementine Creevy recording songs in her bedroom under the name Clembutt. Her music caught the attention of Lucy Miyaki of the L.A. band Takashi Miyaki, who helped Creevy form her own band. Cherry Glazerr’s first release was in 2011, a 9-song cassette called Papa Cremp released by Burger Records. Under the same label, the band released their first album Haxel Princess in 2014. They later signed with the indie label Secretly Canadian to release their 2017 album Apocalipstick. The band released Stuffed & Ready with Secretly Canadian as well.
Like their last album, each song in Stuffed & Ready has at least one good element that makes it stand out. Cherry Glazerr is known for their loud-soft rock, but the effect in Stuffed & Ready is much more gritty than in previous albums. There are plenty of catchy songs on the album like “Ohio” and “Wasted Nun,” but fans of Apocalipstick and Haxel Princess should know that this album has a pretty different sound. There are other songs on the album, however, like “Daddi” and “Self Explained,” that break away slightly from the album’s hard rock.
Unlike Apocalipstick, where each song was integral to the album, Stuffed & Ready has some songs that are somewhat weaker than the rest. “Pieces,” for example, is catchy and Creevy’s whispery falsetto is smooth and cool, but it falls flat surrounded by the much more demanding songs and seems boring in comparison. Fans might also be disappointed by Stuffed and Ready’s lack of juvenile songs. There are no songs like “Grilled Cheese” or “Trash People” on this album. It does have “Stupid Fish,” however, but the title is somewhat deceiving since Creevy’s shriek toward the end, “I see myself in you and that’s why I fucking hate you,” makes it the most climactic and hellish song on the album.
Cherry Glazerr’s new album sounds like they are fed up with the bullshit and expectations that come with being a musician/person in the world. Fans of Cherry Glazerr should listen to Stuffed & Ready with an open mind and not expect it to be like their previous albums. New audiences should listen to Apocalipstick before diving into this album to get a truer sense of Cherry Glazerr as a band. Watching the band perform live at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, the group looked totally natural and not at all like they were trying to be something they’re not. Their emotions were raw, genuine and explosive at times, and Clementine Creevy is as silly and theatrical on stage as you might think. In Stuffed & Ready, Cherry Glazerr stays true to the band’s nonconformist roots, but they are screaming louder than they have before.