Festival season is in full effect, and oh, what a special time it can be. Even those who avoid music festivals like the plague can’t deny that they get a lot of bands touring, and that’s one of the main reasons why you’re probably seeing an obscene amount of awesome shows booked in your area. Plus, with more acts coming out to play, there’s always the possibility of really unique and fun tour lineups getting announced that make some of those shows an absolute must-see. For example, take LA rockers Cherry Glazerr, who have signed on as support for Chvrches in a short and sweet, heavy rock and synth-pop mashup tour that oddly makes sense.
On paper, we have two standout indie bands that sound totally different, both led by prominent figures in feminism, each riding the wave of praise worthy new records. We at Byline Houston were highly intrigued. So, we shot some questions over to Cherry Glazerr frontwoman Clementine Creevy to catch up on the band, their tour, and her thoughts on why Chvrches x Cherry Glazerr is one of the coolest live music crossover events we never knew we needed.
Byline Houston: Stuffed & Ready is approaching its three month anniversary, and it’s still a solid and fresh addition to any relevant indie/rock playlist around. How has the reception among both the media and the people been towards the album overall?
Clementine Creevy: The reaction to Stuffed & Ready has been awesome. Seriously awesome. The audiences at our shows have been singing the words back at us, which is a crazy and humbling thing to experience. And I think the critical reception was great too. Overall it’s been thrilling, we’ve been on tour since the album came out. Essentially, 12 weeks. It’s been nutty, we’re exhausted but blissed out too. We feel deeply accomplished, I think.
Byline Houston: The extensive touring has taken you to places like France and Ireland. How has the experience differed from touring in North America, and how does the band stay in good spirits after so long on the road?
Creevy: The band has actually played in both France and Ireland back when we dropped Apocalipstick. But this time around it was so different, we’ve been traveling with a badass sound engineer, Madeline. We sold out shows including the Paris show, and had a fabulous tour manager, George, who we love so much! All these things made it feel really good. All that matters is playing a fun show, and if you center your life around the showtime, then you can find ways of conserving your energy. That’s been a very rewarding lesson for us.
Byline Houston: Cherry Glazerr quite obviously have a different sound than what Chvrches brings to the table. Do you think you face any challenges in playing to crowds a little more geared toward seeing a headliner that rests comfortably in the synth-pop and electronic genres?
Creevy: We have elements of a lot of different types of music in what we do, and in our experience it’s actually not a bad thing to be the heavy rock band opening for a pop act. It gives the show a nice musical diversification.
We’re just going to have fun and do our thing up there, and if people hate it then they can blame CHVRCHES! Haha. jk. But not really. Lol.
Byline Houston: Leaders of your respective bands, both you and Lauren Mayberry, are considered to be icons in feminism, particularly in the realm of music. Do you feel like the significance of this lineup is elevated for you in anyway because of this?
Creevy: Absolutely. It feels very powerful. We’re so insanely excited we haven’t been able to stop talking about it! Lauren’s team has been treating us really well leading up to the tour, which is always a strong indication that she’s awesome because that stuff is top down. Also, her music is killer. We’re bursting.
Byline Houston: Stuff & Ready is the first album without a dedicated member on keys. How do you feel the band has adjusted to becoming a three-piece, especially in live performances?
Creevy: I started the band as a three-piece, and going back to that has been so awesome; it sounds better and tighter than ever. The songs are able to be what they want to be more so than ever. It’s been rocking.
Byline Houston: Are you open to the prospect of bringing on additional members in the future? What’s the general criteria for a person looking to audition to be in Cherry Glazerr?
Creevy: It’s possible that I may want to expand the live show, but the core band is essentially me and Tabor, and we have touring bassists. Tabor is my ride or die, we’re constantly listening to new music, going to shows and jamming. It’s a massively creative partnership, and I feel extremely lucky to have someone who is so dedicated and makes life on the road and in the studio so fun all the time because he brings a lot of passion to the project and champions a lot of my ideas. And when we disagree we just wrestle it out. To be in Cherry Glazerr you have to be a good listener, you have to be cool and funny, really ready to get weird and experiment and you have to be ready to work hard because we’re a pretty hard working band.
Byline Houston: Every album seems like a natural progression of Cherry Glazerr’s distinct style and sound. Are there crucial elements to the band’s identity that you feel are important to maintain in order to achieve this? If so, do you ever feel like the avenues in which you’re willing to explore while writing music could ever feel limited as a result?
Creevy: Well, I don’t feel limited because I don’t put limits on myself by feeling like I need to “maintain” something. Making music is supposed to feel good. If it doesn’t, then there’s probably something wrong. It shouldn’t be something in which you’re maintaining anything or thinking about a perception of you. So no, I never feel limited. I do what feels right. There’s always a way that feels right, you just need to sit with yourself and figure it out for yourself and get your hands dirty!
Byline Houston: Who or what are some influences outside of music, if any, that play a direct role into how you approach being a musician, either personally, professionally, or both?
Creevy: Feminism has deeply influenced the way I see and interact with the world by teaching me how to see society, and I’m so grateful for it, because it’s given me to tools to better understand my world. It shines a light on the brutality of the world for women. And maybe it’s easier to be blissfully naive, but it’s a much more rewarding life to be aware because it helps me make sense of my own life. It makes me feel less alone, and I think about it a lot.
Byline Houston: What’s next for the band come end of tour? How likely is it Cherry Glazerr will keep up the momentum and move onto planning the next phase of touring or writing?
Creevy: We’re going to travel somewhere cool to write and think and explore musical avenues, and we’re going to start chatting with some cool collaborators!! The future is bright.
Cherry Glazerr opens for CHVRCHES tonight at 7 p.m. at White Oak Music Hall.