Cherries never tasted this sweet, never mind sounded. LA-based Clementine Creevy started Cherry Glazerr while still in high school, but never let her young age stop her. We had the pleasure of catching up with the edgy indie singer before the launch of her newest album, which is equal parts vulnerable, fun, and compelling.

 

Album artwork for Stuffed and Ready

 

You’re known for writing songs that are whimsical, punk, and political, but your new album shows a new intimate side of you. In what ways does Stuffed and Ready portray who you are as a person and the ways you’ve grown?

I think Stuffed and Ready is different because a lot of the writing on the record is about growing up, and I really took my time with the lyrics on this record. I worked really hard on them, and I wanted to be as straightforward and raw and honest about my feelings as I could be. There’s less obfuscation with these lyrics; they’re more literal, in a way.

You started in the industry when you were just a sophomore in high school. How did that affect your music at the time? What was it like touring and being in the public eye at such a young age?

I do remember going on tour while being a junior in high school and having to do all this homework on the road, which was really lame. I’ve never known any other experience, so I would say it seems pretty normal to me, you know. It was really fun.

How are musicians in general and you in particular able to make lasting changes to the world?

I just try to make music that feels good to me and hope that other people are affected by it as well.

Your confidence is really clearly communicated, especially in your earlier music. Where does this confidence come from? Your new album seems to change gears – does this reflect an internal change as well?

Confidence? I don’t know, it’s all just bullshit, I guess – like fake it ‘til you feel it. It’s an album that is, you know, surrounded by a lot of self-reflection… So, in that way, I think it is a more vulnerable record. I wouldn’t say it’s less confident, though. I’d say that the vulnerability makes it the most confident of anything I’ve ever done.

Listening to the new album, I’ve picked up on themes of control (or lack thereof), feeling trapped, looking for guidance, freedom, recklessness, and reliance on others. Can you elaborate on any of these further?

Yeah, no, exactly, you totally got it. The album’s very much about control and power structures and how to work within them and the frustration that comes with working within a system.

For this album, you talk about just getting up the doing the thing, whether that’s creating, writing, etc., even when you don’t feel like it. How do you convince yourself to do that, to summon that initial push?

Yes, I think, it sounds really cheesy, but I feel like being kind to yourself is the greatest lesson I’ve learned recently, and that if you do that, all the great things come after that.

Do you have a certain sense of style? A way that you style yourself for the stage or anything like that?

I’ve been digging slacks. I have a pair of red slacks and a pair of brown slacks, and I’ve been wearing them with my Docs, kind of like a straight, puffy bottom half of myself. And then for the top half, I’ve been wearing a lot of kid’s tops. It’s kind of been my look – like weird, early ‘80s stuff.

What’s been your favourite city to play a show in so far?

I love playing in LA because it’s home. I love playing in Mexico. I love playing all around California and New York – New York City is always really fun. I feel like shows in Paris are always really fun and crazy. And London too, and Berlin. Berlin’s really fun. We like the people in Berlin a lot; we like spending time there and hanging out.

And then when you’re travelling, do you get much time to explore the cities or is it really just playing the shows?

Oh no, it’s like you just go to the venues and then you know, you play. It’s hard to get a sense of cities on tour. It’s not like travelling, you’re working. There’s not a lot of downtime. I don’t mind because all I really care about is having like one good meal there and playing the show. That’s always enough for me.

Who do you hope to collaborate with in the future?

I’d love to collaborate with Apex Twin. I just love his music, I think it would be a great match.

 

Photo by Pamela Littky

 

What do you see for the future of Cherry Glazerr and for yourself– any big goals?

I want to headline the Hollywood bowl. That’s my big goal right now.

What’s been your biggest challenge in your life so far?

I think it’s been the decision to not go to college like a lot of my high school friends did, and to pursue a life outside of that, and to sort of be on my own in that way. It’s been an interesting transition, but I love it at the same time. I think the struggle and challenges of that are probably a healthy and necessary thing.

What inspires you to keep going and to keep creating?

I don’t know, just this weird need to do it. I just can’t help but write songs all the time, and they decide to put them out.


Be sure to catch Cherry Glazerr live in Toronto on February 20th!

 

Photo by Pamela Littky

 

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