Cherry Glazerr Master the Art of Blowing Up While Staying Sweet
By: Artemis Thomas-Hansard
Clementine Creevy, the just-turned-17-year-old front woman of Cherry Glazerr, is hurriedly typing an assignment to her teacher on her phone. She wishes she had brought her backpack to the show, but didn't think she'd have time to study. (Her local garage-rock band is opening for well-regarded Hardly Art act Hunx and His Punx.) Meanwhile, band mate Hannah Uribe, 16, has been busy studying for the SAT in between attending class and practicing drums. Bassist Sean Redman, 22, is the only one who can buy a beer. Yet these young rockers are on the verge of breaking through.
In 2012, you might have found Creevy sitting in her bedroom, listening to Tobacco and Syd Barrett and writing songs about her cat and the "pizza monster" under her bed. Back then, she recorded under the name Clembutt, and her standout demos included "Teenage Girl," which captures adolescent angst beneath hazy guitar riffs and jingle bells (Rookie Magazine liked it), and "Grilled Cheese," the song that caught Redman's attention when the two met at a summer workshop at the Musicians Institute of Hollywood.
Creevy continued recording with an amorphous band of musician friends, and her original songs were transformed into Papa Cremp, a demo that Burger Records released on cassette in 2013 after co-founder Sean Bohrman discovered it on Clembutt's SoundCloud. The band was formed, and they took their name from NPR reporter Chery Glaser.
These days you still might find Cherry Glazerr playing the Smell and at house parties; what's odd is that said house parties feature parents waiting outside to pick up their kids afterward. (The parents tend to be fans, too--especially the dads.) Meanwhile, they're kinda blowing up; the band most recently played the El Rey with punk icons Redd Kross and Mikal Cronin, and also shared a lineup with Bleached and the Black Lips at Jubilee Festival last summer. They also played at 2013's Burgerama festival (they're on the bill this year, too), where they captured the attention of fashion icon Hedi Slimane.