Cherry Glazerr may have started as a bedroom project that caught the ear of beloved Orange County label Burger Records, but the trio never had any intentions of staying that way.
Led by the fearless Clementine Creevy, the band recently signed to Secretly Canadian and teamed up with producers Joe Chicarelli (Beck, The Killers) and Carlos de la Garza for their sophomore album Apocalipstick, a hot and heavy sonic pivot away from the band’s slightly gentler 2014 debut, Haxel Princess.
I caught up with the 19-year-old Creevy – who acts as the band’s social media manager and creative director in addition to its primary songwriter – while she was on the road and just days removed from Apocalipstick’s release date.
That said-date just so happened to be the same day as Trump’s inauguration may have been a coincidence, but we nevertheless covered feminism, sexism, the reality of a Trump presidency, and The New York Times – all hot topics as America crashes straight into the next four years. Not to worry you apolitical types, however, as we also talked about butts being funny. And butt jokes are something both sides of the aisle can agree on, are they not?
Cherry Glazerr plays with Slow Hollows at 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at Slim’s. $15, slimspresents.com.
SF Weekly: Happy 2017! Any resolutions?
Clementine Creevy: Nah. New Year’s resolutions are stupid. They’re self-defeating prophecies.
SFW: Trump’s America is about to happen. How are you feeling about that?
CC: I’m a normal amount of scared, but I’m also having a really fun day today. Just trying to enjoy the beauty of life and playing music and making music on the road with my friends.
SFW: Do you think the Trump presidency will change your approach to feminism and activism?
CC: It’ll only embolden it and make me more motivated to be as aggressive as I want and need to be.
SFW: You’ve been in the music industry for a little while now. Do you see conditions improving for women musicians compared to when you started?
CC: It’s hard to say. I think that there’s definitely still a lot of deeply ingrained patriarchal misogyny that…Holy fuck! Holy fuck! We’re in the South. I’m sorry. I’m driving and we just passed a Trump sign. That was so terrifying. Sorry, just got really distracted. Women in music are not considered people or equals. They’re considered women in music. That’s why we’re having this conversation right now. I’m not just an artist, I’m a female artist. Women are sexualized and seen as different and seen as making different music. It’s not seen as just music. It’s music made by women or music for women. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, honestly. But I do believe that at this point and time, affirmative action is important to setting the foundation for some type of equality in the music world. Of course, women are not treated like equals yet. But it’s fucking tight being a female musician, a female artist. I don’t know what it’s like to not be a female anything.
SFW: Do you wish you were regarded in the same way as your male peers?
CC: A part of me thinks lead by example. So if you want there to be equal treatment of men and women in any field, then you talk about men and women the same. There’s a part of me that is upset about the fact that I’m not critiqued in the same way that my male peers are, but I also don’t know if that’s true or not. I don’t know if we’re living in a meritocracy or if we’re living in an image and authorship-obsessed world. I guess it’s a little bit of both.
SFW: Do you read your own press?
CC: I don’t read press because it’s stupid. It doesn’t affect my creative process. It’s dumb to read it, and I don’t give a shit. Sometimes it can be fun and weird to read about yourself by someone else. Ultimately, it doesn’t feel good afterwards. It’s like you’re always being reflected in a way that’s not holistic. It’s doesn’t matter to the songs. It doesn’t matter what people say about us in press. It’s not really important.
SFW: How do you stay sane and focused with all the hype? I mean, you were just in The New York Times and that’s pretty huge.
CC: We were?
SFW: Yeah! Two days ago.
CC: Oh, that’s cool. It’s easier than you think to shut it all off, but that’s what it entails: shutting it all off. We live the best fucking life ever. At home, I read and watch movies and play guitar and make music and have band practice. On the road, I do the exact same thing and play shows every night. I’m always surprised at how many people are showing up to the shows. I always expect that no one will ever be there.
SFW: Why is that?
CC: I don’t know! I’m just a normal weirdo. But it’s weird and flattering and awesome that so many people come to the shows and love them and love the songs.
SFW: I’ve read you like to moon the crowd.
CC: I do. Butts are funny. If you don’t think butts are funny, you’re probably an asshole.
SFW: So what happens next?
CC: We are headed to DC. We’re on the road listening to Bruce Springsteen and eating chocolate. That’s what’s next.