Cherry Glazerr Talks Isolation, Deleting Apps & Getting Vulnerable


Clementine Creevy has all the time been “a lone wolf.” That’s what she yelped on the wonderful intro to Cherry Glazerr’s 2017 album, Apocalypstick, and it’s the central theme of her band’s follow-up, Stuffed & Ready. But now, the main focus has shifted from her renegade character within the patriarchal music business towards her personal self-reflection throughout moments of solitude. Although the 22-year-old assures Billboard throughout a current telephone name that she hasn’t misplaced her cheekiness, the 10 songs on Stuffed & Ready are considerably darker than any of her earlier materials. Take the refrain of its third observe, “Wasted Nun": "I’m a wasted nun and I don’t have enjoyable.”

“That music is a couple of lady looking for enlightenment, however as an alternative she turns to self-destruction as a result of she will be able to’t discover it,” Creevy says. “It’s kind of only a self-loathing lyric. About her. An ‘different’—unclear,” she says coyly.

It’s a stark distinction to a foolish music like “Grilled Cheese” from her 2014 breakout, Haxel Princess, which she wrote in her mid-teens. But Stuffed & Ready is as a lot a reckoning along with her ugliest ideas as it’s a battle in opposition to her personal perfectionist tendencies.

“It’s all about this concept that whenever you’re stuffed, you’re incapacitated, and also you don’t need to transfer, however you stand up and do it in any case. If you’re sitting round ready for perfection, it’s a waste of time in comparison with simply working in your craft and doing what you like,” she says.

During a while off earlier than a busy few months of U.S. and U.Okay. dates, Creevy spoke with Billboard about isolation, taking breaks from the web and studying to not “fuck with perfection.”

There had been lots of songs on Apocalipstick that had been humorous, or in the event that they did deal with critical topics, you probably did so in kind of a cheeky method. Stuffed & Ready is lots darker, lyrically. Why do you suppose that’s?

I believe the lyrics on this report are extra weak, introspective, self-reflective. And just a little bit extra easy about how I’m feeling and why it’s the method I’m feeling…. I believe that makes for a barely extra weak report, however I don’t know if it’s much less cheeky or assured. I believe it’s simply that there’s much less obfuscation right here.

What kind of headspace had been you in in the course of the making of this report?

I used to be engaged on lots of the melodies over the previous 12 months or so. And I all the time begin with guitar traces and melodies. Melodies come to me first, they pop into my head, I report them, after which I translate them onto the guitar. And then I flip that right into a music and I add lyrics final. A number of the melodies got here from touring lots and feeling extra comfy and assured with my guitar. From that I really feel like as a result of my enjoying bought higher, I felt like I had extra room to speak. So I really feel like among the songs are kind of organized merely, and there’s lots of room for wordiness. And I believe lots of the songs are wordier than I’ve performed up to now…. I felt actually impressed by moments of silence and readability. When you’re on the highway a lot, these moments are uncommon. And I took time in these moments to put in writing.

You’ve all the time been a daring songwriter when it comes to writing about sexism and the gross conduct of males, however had been you in any respect apprehensive to put in writing a line like, “I don’t need individuals to understand how a lot time I spend alone.”

I don’t know if I’d say nervous. Sometimes I believe persons are gonna snicker at me. That’s my predominant concern. But in the event that they do, that’s tremendous as a result of I suppose you shouldn’t take life too critically, in any case.

And once I say I’m scared of individuals laughing at me, I don’t imply usually talking, I simply imply relating to vulnerable-ass lyrics. So I did contemplate, “what if individuals suppose I’m actually bizarre and fucked up? And what if individuals fear about me? Cause I’m so fucked up and bizarre.” But I believe that’s fairly regular whenever you’re speaking about your emotions and I bought over that fairly shortly as a result of I don’t actually care. I believe I simply wished to speak about how I felt, and if any individual can’t relate then that’s OK. That’s good for them [laughs].

Solitude and isolation are undoubtedly two by traces on the album. Are these emotions one thing you’ve lately begun to battle with, or have you ever felt that method all of your life?

I believe I’ve handled emotions of loneliness my entire life. While I used to be making this album I felt, like, a newfound solitude, when I’m truly alone. Meaning once I’m, like, utterly alone. That consists of the web, too. I believe as a result of we stay on this related, globalized world that feeling completely alone—it’s taken on a brand new kind of feeling for us. Because you’re by no means actually alone, ? And I believe I used to be simply ruminating on that lots.

Were you taking purposeful breaks from the web?

Yeah. I delete my apps each few days simply because I’m hooked on them and I’ve to try this as a way to keep off of them. And it feels actually good to do. I really feel like there’s lots of actually righteous pushback in opposition to the methods wherein we’re handled by apps and firms and the way they make us really feel. I really feel like there’s a unified discontent with it, and I believe that’s actually cool.

Was there any particular musical imaginative and prescient you wished to hold out for Stuffed & Ready?

I form of wished to not maximalize something and kind of have extra scrutiny with what’s good and what’s not and maintain issues easy. And so once I found one thing that sounded good, I’d simply maintain it the best way it’s as an alternative of harmonizing, or stacking, and making an attempt to maximalize each second.

Was maximalizing one thing you discovered your self doing in your final couple information?

Yeah, undoubtedly. On Apocalipstick I believe it suffered from that. I really like the report the best way it’s, I wouldn’t change something about it. Because it exists as it’s and it’s only a snapshot in time and I don’t really feel compelled to ever change any of my previous information or songs. But I realized from it in that method. With confidence got here me being, like, “don’t fuck with perfection. If it’s good don’t fuck with it, simply go away it how it’s.”

My favourite music on right here is “Stupid Fish,” which is the heaviest Cherry Glazerr music up to now. What impressed the anger, and particularly that explosive climax the place you scream, in that music?

That music I really like as a result of it’s actually heavy however it’s additionally form of rumination on this concept I’ve that no one is aware of what they’re doing and everybody’s simply capturing at midnight and nobody has solutions for something. And we’re all simply, like, fuckin’ fakin’ it. And that’s what that music is about. I believe lots of the moments of anger on the report, together with that one, [come from] whenever you actually sit with your self, you get actually offended with your self—at the very least for myself relating to fascinated about extra existential stuff. Sometimes once I was enjoying that music and singing it within the studio I simply felt overwhelmed by feeling alone in my very own perspective.