Release Date: Jan 20, 2017
Record label: Secretly Canadian
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
In the few short years since Cherry Glazerr released their debut album, Haxel Princess, on the esteemed Burger Records during 2014, they’ve quite literally become an entirely different band - figurehead Clementine Creevy is the only remaining member from the original line-up that recorded their first album. For Apocalipstick, their debut for Secretly Canadian, Creevy is now joined by multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth and drummer Tabor Allen. It’s clear, however, that the changes – forced or not – have payed off majorly.
From a slight nod to the Breeders’ Cannonball to the way 19-year-old singing guitarist Clementine Creevy audibly bares her teeth on the word “guys”, Cherry Glazerr’s recent single Told You I’d Be With the Guys is a tremendous indie rock tune powerful enough to restore your faith in the genre. The NSFW video for their even more recent single, the grungy ballad Nuclear Bomb, finds Creevy getting rude with a Rickenbacker. There is a lot more to love on the LA trio’s succinct second album, pitched somewhere between early 80s post-punk and synthy guitar pop.
Cherry Glazerr’s debut album Haxel Princess was a lo-fi, scrappy album full of scratchy guitars and angsty vocals from singer Clem Creevy. A casual listener could have easily (but inaccurately) deemed the band to be “cute” or “adolescent,” given the title, the subject matter and the bedroom-esque sound. As soon as you turn on their second album, Apocalipstick, and hear the opening guitar lope of ‘Told You I’d Be With The Guys’, it sounds like the band aurally bursting out of their bedroom and into ultra high-definition widescreen cinemascope.
Four years ago, Los Angeles rock outfit Cherry Glazerr began with then-15-year-old singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy recording bedroom demos under the name Clembutt. These tracks were soon discovered on Soundcloud by Burger Records co-founder Sean Bohrman, who released them as a tape titled Papa Cremp in 2013. Cherry Glazerr’s lineup soon solidified with the addition of bassist Sean Redman and drummer Hannah Uribe.
Fronted by 19-year-old high school graduate Clementine Creevy, Cherry Glazerr have come on hugely since their debut, Haxel Princess, written when the singer was 14. A rejigged lineup and White Stripes producer Joe Chiccarelli have made for a far more robust sound, which channels old school DIY post-punk (Kleenex, the Slits), and vintage riot grrrl via Pixies-style bittersweetness and big angular riffs. The tunes provide vehicles for Creevy to have her say on subjects from empowerment to tweet shaming.
After releasing their second album, Haxel Princess, in 2014 Cherry Glazerr underwent a revamp. Vocalist/guitarist Clementine Creevy restocked the band with new members, turned to a pair of veteran producers in Joe Chiccarelli and Carlos de la Garza, and gave their previous grunge-garage sound a slicker, more powerful upgrade. 2017's Apocalipstick has a powerful wallop earlier albums lacked, with the bass and drums punching through the mix, Creevy's guitar slashing and crashing, and her vocals showing some growth.