Cherry Glazerr: Apocalipstick Review

By LeeAnn Cota
Music Journalist

Artist: Cherry Glazerr
Album: Apocalipstick
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Website: https://cherryglazerr.bandcamp.com/

Cherry Glazerr is an LA based band fronted and formed by feminist badass, Clementine Creevy, who has shown through her music that she is in no way allowing society defer her from what she truly wants or thinks in life.  Since the release of their first studio album, Haxel Princess, in 2014, the band has gone through some member changes and currently includes Tabor Allen on drums, Sasami Ashworth on synths/guitar and Creevy still rocking on vocals/guitar. Another major change that has happened is the band leaving their friends at Burger Records and forming a new relationship with Secretly Canadian, where the newest Cherry Glazerr album, Apocalipstick, has been released through. The trio was able to work with the immensely talented Joe Chicarelli (who has worked with producing bands like The Strokes and White Stripes) and Carlos de la Garza (M83 and Tegan and Sara) in the studio this time around.

The first song to start off the album is a remastered version from a previous EP, called “I Told You I’d Be With the Guys.” Creevy’s electrifying abilities on the guitar is evident as soon as it begins. Having played since she was 14, now 19, she is defying all expectations that are commonly given to young women (like not shaving her beautifully hairy pits and practicing topless with her band members). With the help of Allen’s exhilarating drumming and Ashworth’s harmonic synths, Creevy’s combination of various melodic vocal tones is like an array of Christmas presents to my ears. Not only in the first song, but throughout the entire album.

Additional tracks like “Moon Dust” and “Nurse Ratched” have an eery, slow start but Creevy does not fail to burst in with her explosive energy on vocals and guitar, keeping you enthralled the whole way through. The trio has proven they are sticking to their signature dynamite sound, but of course with a wonderful blend of the new, brilliant members. The last track to finish the album off is “Apocalipstick,” which is one of my personal favorites. It’s the perfect song to end the superb experience that is Cherry Glazerr. It consists of no vocals whatsoever but starts off with a heavy and steady riff and percussion. It almost feels like you’re listening to the band jamming in their garage, which radiates this intimate sensation to me.  

All in all, this album delivers such a range of comforting, unconventional sounds that make you either wanna cry, dance or headbang until you get whiplash (which I am painfully guilty of doing). There is no doubt that Cherry Glazerr’s zest and vitality will aid them in going far and gaining more recognition. This band will be doing glorious things in the near future with their constant growth and efforts to challenge themselves as artists and individuals.

Holly Henrichsen

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