Embracing Imperfection With Clementine Creevy of Cherry Glazerr
“I’m a shameless LA lover. I think it’s the best place on Earth.”
It’s not often that an NYC native kicks off a conversation with an ode to the west coast, but Clementine Creevy is not your average New Yorker. As the frontwoman of Cherry Glazerr, she’s an LA convert, and proud of it; if for no other reason than its cheap eats (“If you’re broke in LA, you can just lay in the park and eat tacos because it’s sunny and fine.”).
Los Angeles has been the birthplace of three Cherry Glazerr albums (though many songs have been written on the road, notably tracks like “Daddy” and “Ohio”); Haxel Princess, Apocalipstick, and, now, Stuffed & Ready, out today via Secretly Canadian. This latest record comes with Creevy letting go of idealism, in favor of something more real: an honest addition to the group’s small but mighty discography.
“’Stuffed and Ready’ is about getting up and creating despite feeling in despair, because if you’re just sitting and waiting for perfection, it’s a waste of time,” she says. “You should be just living your life. It’s sort of my way of trying to back off from that. I let a lot of things be, and grew to love them the way they were.”
It’s a lesson in embracing imperfection that speaks to Creevy’s maturity, and disposition; at 22, she’s already been performing for seven years, and knows the value of refraining from idealism. That doesn’t mean, however, that she doesn’t always get her way (spoiler alert: she does).
“I’m a perfectionist in certain ways. It’s my way or the highway. I’m sort of controlling when it comes to my creative vision.”
Aside from 10 new tracks, the release of Stuffed & Ready also brings with it a US and European tour for the band, a kind of figurative cherry on top to what Creevy calls her most vulnerable (and thus, most compelling) writing yet. It’s a change of pace that she welcomes. Especially when it’s at a New York mainstay like Bowery Ballroom (mark your calendars for February 16).
“Nothing sounds better than being in a nice venue,” she says. “We spend our whole lives practicing in a rehearsal space that’s shitty, with shitty sounding speakers. It’s small and sounds like crap. When we get the opportunity to play at the Bowery or somewhere, and it just sounds so good and is very fulfilling. I feel like I just lose myself in the song and have fun.”
I don’t expect anyone to listen to my music, so when they do, I feel very lucky.
And then, there’s the feeling of surprise that never really goes away when you realize that everyone else knows the lyrics, too.
“It trips me up, when kids are screaming the words back and moshing. I’m like, ‘You guys listen to this?’ Like, ‘Why? Who showed you this?’ I’m used to people getting excited about ‘Teenage Girl’ and ‘Grilled Cheese’ but to watch people get excited about ‘Juicy Socks’ and ‘Daddy’ is surreal. It’s trippy. I don’t expect anyone to listen to my music, so when they do, I feel very lucky.”
And with Stuffed & Ready, Creevy readily names favorites.
“I love ‘Stupid Fish’ and I love ‘Distresser’. ‘Distresser’ because I love those guitar lines, and they’re really fun to play. To me, melody is more important than anything. I really love the melodies in that song.”
There’s plenty to love on Stuffed & Ready, and lots more to come from the musician, who’s constantly writing whether on the road or off. Lyrics change depending on her environment; on tour, tracks have more urgency, and energy; back home, there’s more time to simply be. And in both instances, Creevy knows her work is good: a refreshing confidence that’s rare, mostly because she’s right. We’re here for it.
“I know this sounds really cocky, but I knew my songs were good and was not surprised when [the band] took off. I knew that they sounded good, because I’ve always known that I could do this. And it sounds cheesy, but once you’re kind to yourself, everything great comes afterwards. Greatness comes from that.”
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