Release Date: Feb 1, 2019
Record label: Secretly Canadian
It's as much a hair-raising moment as it is a signpost for the record as a whole. And while Stuffed & Ready shares the glossy sheen (thanks to Carlos de la Garza, who returns for a second go-round as producer) and excellent songwriting of its predecessor, 2017's Apocalipstick, the former is darker and more insular both musically and lyrically. To wit: Creevy has traded Apocalipstick's self-deprecation ("My room smells like an ashtray / Wearing a smile and a heart on my sleeve") for Stuffed's purposeful seclusion ("Smoking makes me taste like metal / To keep you away").
More inward-looking than their previous records, the alternative rockers' raucous new album is a soul-searching triumph, smoothing over their DIY edge for a greater sense of depth and maturity Just over two years ago, Cherry Glazerr released their their third album, the earth-shattering 'Apocalypstick'. Released on January 20, the same day as Donald Trump's inauguration as the leader of the free world, the context imbuing the garage rock album with new meaning. ‘Instagratification’, for instance, was a timely swipe at murky at soul-destroying, democracy-bothering apps.
Stuffed & Ready--the third album from Los Angeles trio Cherry Glazerr--is a document of exhausted fury. On these 10 songs, the founder, singer, and guitarist Clementine Creevy sounds like she heard about some unacceptable bullshit and came into the studio the next morning, red-eyed and short-tempered and uninterested in hiding it. In this economy, if you're tough and vulnerable, Creevy tells us, you're not going to get much sleep with so much fighting to do.
Prior to now, Clementine Creevy and her Cherry Glazerr crew were just hanging out. 2017's Apocalipstick eschewed formal honesty for situational slacking-the slow-blooming feminist, escapades in the kitchen, dirty underwear worn three days in a row. Good times, by every party guest's standards. But for Stuffed and Ready, break time's over.
The return of the Nineties has been signposted for years, but it's safe to say that, for better or worse, they're now well and truly back. Los Angeles rock trio Cherry Glazerr have been preparing more diligently than most bands and it shows. Their third full length, Stuffed & Ready, is full of the buzzy guitars and emotive choruses that typified alt-rock at a time when that marker denoted a specific genre.
The winding path of Cherry Glazerr's evolution began with bandleader Clementine Creevy writing strange and often juvenile songs as a teenager and just several years later had moved through phases of quirky garage grunge to arrive at the cold, polished sheen of third album Stuffed & Ready. Always centered around Creevy's increasingly dark musings, each album has upped production and more accurately dialed in a re-creation of '90s grunge angst. The muscular power chords and hyperconfident thrust of 2017's Apocalipstick were a far cry from the spooky songs about grilled cheese sandwiches and house pets that the band started out with, and Stuffed & Ready pushes further in the direction of '90s-modelled loud-soft alt-rock.
There have always been underlying parallels between LA’s Cherry Glazerr and NY’s Sunflower Bean. Both emerged when still in their teens; both are fronted by ridiculously cool women who also happen to stomp the catwalk on occasion. But while the Beans have steadily upped the classic rock influence on their increasingly radio-friendly arsenal, Clementine Creevy and co have resolutely stayed in the stranger underbelly of guitar music’s backwaters.
The steadfast consistency of Clementine Creevy has always been the centre-point of Cherry Glazerr's success. The always-changing lineup has never hindered the success of the band's creative output, but maybe that's because Clem has got her non-formulaic formula perfected. Something that Cherry Glazerr have always been is genuine. There's a timeless sense of sincerity embedded in everything the band put their name to, and this remains true with 'Stuffed & Ready'.