When we look back at this decade, Southern California and the revival of 60′s tinged garage music will take up more than a few chapters. The genre continues to evolve, pushing out the old-timers (which now apparently means anyone over 25…) and replacing them with a new generation who’re taking music in a brilliant direction. The Los Angeles trio of guitarist/vocalist Clementine Creevy, bassist Sean Redman and drummer Hannah Uribe range in age between 16 and 22, yet display a worldly sense of what they’re doing musically. The latest addition to Burger Records’ garage rock roster, the band recently released a Jamie Heinrich-directed short film for “White’s Not My Color This Evening,” offsetting the song’s chaotic, adrenaline-filled peaks with a slow and suspenseful narrative about finding love in the most unexpected of places. Cherry Glazerr’s debut LP, Haxel Princess, was just released via Burger. Stephanie Hernandez dug deep to talk to the band about the process of creating the new album and more.
Stephanie: How did you guys meet?
Hannah: I met Clem through school and Clem met Sean through a summer program at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood.
Clem: Hannah and I started jamming together and recording. After Sean heard a few songs that I had posted on Facebook or whatever, he asked if we needed a bass player. He joined and we became Cherry Glazerr.
Stephanie: You have simple lyrics that are super relatable. What’s the song writing process like?
Clem: I come up with the melody first, then I add lyrics and that usually becomes the first verse. Then I come up with the chorus and arrangement. Then we jam together on the song and give it umph!
Stephanie: You were introduced to Burger Records through Tashaki Miyaki. Were you surprised that a label was willing to put out your first EP right off the bat?
Clem: Sean and Lee, the co-founders actually discovered me on Soundcloud. I was familiar with Burger and knew the drill, but I was so nervous about how ready they were to put out the tape. I was like, “Holy shit, Burger Records want to put out my demos! This is crazy.”. When Lee called me for the first time I was fifteen and told him I couldn’t drive up to the shop because I hadn’t gotten my license, he laughed and responded with “Rad!”.
Stephanie: What’s it like working with Burger? Sounds like it’d be so much fun to be associated with a label like theirs and meeting so many other awesome bands.
Hannah- It’s really awesome being able to work with them. They have done so many amazing things for us and brought us so far. They got us our first show ever. We wouldn’t be where we are today, without them.
Clem: We are so lucky that they discovered us. Such amazing people and taste-makers.
Stephanie: Your full length LP was just recently released. That must have been super exciting.
Hannah: It was exciting because most of the songs on there, with the exception of a few, were recorded by the current members of Cherry Glazerr.
Clem: The response has been awesome. We have really cool opportunities coming at us right now and the future looks bright. We’re just going to keep writing and recording for the next album. Our fans and shows have been so supportive since the album dropped.
Stephanie: Please explain the cover art for “Haxel Princess.” Who’s the guy on the cover?
Clem: Thats our friend Isaac. He’s a funny dude.
Stephanie: I might be a little bias because I’m a girl, but “Teenage Girl” is probably my favorite song on the record. Recently I saw that you posted the lyrics to it on Instagram with “Tavi Blog” written on top. Was it influenced by Tavi from Rookie Mag?
Clem: I actually wrote it for Tavi. We have mutual friends who showed her a few early songs and she wanted me to do the theme song for her blog so I wrote “Teenage Girl”. It came to me one summer morning and I spent all day in my bed writing.
Stephanie: “Glenn The Dawg” is an extremely sad song and I must admit it made me a bit emotional. What’s the backstory on that song?
Clem: We bought Glenn when he was a puppy and I was one. He died of doggy cancer. It really was hard for me obviously. Losing a pet is losing a family member, so I wrote Glenn the Dawg with high emotions. I definitely sobbed while writing it. We can’t play it live because I’ll start crying for sure.
Stephanie: I love how the girl kicks the guy’s ass in the video for “White’s Not My Color This Evening,” how did the story idea come about for the video?
Clem: I came up with the concept when I was in London. I was at a coffee shop and I made the story board on a napkin. The song is about being on your period and I wanted it to be rough and weird.
Stephanie: What’s your favorite song on your record and why?
Hannah: My favorite song on our new record, is Haxel Princess. I have so much fun playing that song live and everyone always seems to really enjoy it.
Clem: Whenever we make a new song, that’s usually my favorite to play. I do love when kids go bananas during Teenage Girl though.
Stephanie: Don’t know if you’d gotten this before but I hear a little resemblance to Those Darlins on “Haxel Princess,” who have been your major influences?
Clem: All of us have a lot of influences from every genre. Genre’s have, generally speaking, become so vague. Everything is “Indie Rock”. Warpaint and FIDLAR are both considered Indie Rock but they sound nothing alike. Its pretty bizarre. (I really like both of those band by the way). I actually have a lot of blues and funk influences as a guitar player, like Muddy Waters, Parliment, Bootsy Collins. I was listening to Black Moth Super Rainbow and The Coathangers a lot when I started recording my own songs. That’s sort of where the influence came from during the blossoming of CG. But naturally, it’s always changing.
Stephanie: You are all fairly young- do you find it a bit intimidating to be in the music industry with so many other bands that have years ahead of you?
Hannah- Personally, I don’t find it at all intimidating. It really is more of a great opportunity to learn from musicians that have much more experience than us.
Clem: I agree. I feel like we’re always learning from musicians that have years ahead of us, which is pretty cool. I love getting advice from older musicians. Its so valuable right now. I wanna follow Red Kross around with a notebook and pen.
Stephanie: You are playing Burgerama III in March. What are you most excited about?
Sean- Burgerama is like a pilgrimage for music fans from Southern California and beyond. Like the Burning Man of garage rock. The energy and camaraderie amongst fans is something really special, not to mention this years line-up is practically legendary. I’m excited to see all the kids trying not to explode from utter joy.
Stephanie: If you could create you dream tour, who would be on it and what would it be called?
Sean- Afroman & Cherry Glazerr “The Glazed & Confused Tour 2k14”
Clem-Action Bronson and Cherry Glazerr “Cherry Blazed Tour 2k14”
Stephanie:You all have super cute style- what are your influences?
Sean: Personally: Lee Hazlewood, Steve McQueen, and Jacques Dutronc.
Clem: Brigitte Bardot and Coco Chanel.