Bright, sunshine-soaked California anthems feel good. They can pull a listener away from their inner darkness, and bring them to a mental beach. Cherry Glazerr, however, is taking a different route — showing that Californians can get dark, too. While frontwoman Clementine Creevy’s early writing focused on lighter subject matter (Haxel Princess’ “Grilled Cheese”), she’s now applying the same relaxed method of punk rock to harder to swallow topics. Equipped with their latest hazy rock creations, Stuffed & Ready tackles the uneasy current of modern life, presenting a new wave of scream-worthy tracks.
Ever since their empowering music video for “White’s Not My Color This Evening,” Cherry Glazerr has always added another level of understanding to their songs through their visual explanations. While Stuffed’s “Daddi” is a standout track on its own, with an addictive guitar riff and gut wrenching chorus, the video, created by Loose Change Animation and directed by Danny Cole, adds another layer. The concept focuses on cis men dictating every move of women, barking back at the expectation that permission will be asked. As the video builds, the terror that women feel too often becomes more real — all through claymation.
Sometimes, Stuffed listens like a conversation between Creevy and her best friend, as she looks inward and points out the overwhelming fear of simple, everyday life. On “Self Explained,” Creevy sings, “I am alone a lot/ I see this as my weakness.” The track is an exploration of how much isolation one can handle, and towards the end, a flurry of hazy guitars and drums whirr around Creevy’s vocals to mimic the rush of anxiety that being alone can induce. Throughout the album, each track has a knack for balancing the lyrical reality checks with dreamy guitar riffs, simple in structure but gooey in sound.
Creevy and her bandmates entered more daring territory this time around. It’s clear on tracks like “Stupid Fish,” when Creevy bolts her vocals to a scream register, and the instrumentals feel like a revved up engine. On Stuffed, Cherry Glazerr settles into their new trio — Creevy joined by drummer Tabor Allen and bassist Devin O’Brien. The three blend effortlessly, the strongest moments of the album being their full throttled junctions, notably on album closer “Distressor.”
Regarding the album, Creevy added, “With Stuffed & Ready, I’m a much more weary and perhaps cynical woman who believes you need to figure your own self out first.” Creevy’s declarations are desperately needed — too many female musicians are dealing with unnecessary criticism, or being overproduced, unlike their male counterparts. For Creevy, her dedication to being authentic has provided her with a palette of undeniably raw tracks, so honest that her blood sweat and tears can practically be heard. On Stuffed, the band provides cathartic release for those who feel caged — the collection of ten raucous tracks provides an outlet, a sentence for everyone, to shout away their confusion and pain.