It’s been more than four years since Cherry Glazerr drew the attention of the music biz with the lo-fi sound of its debut album, Haxel Princess. Since then, the L.A. indie punk trio has been steadily adding to its sound. It’s latest album, Stuffed & Ready, is proof of that continued evolution and a sign of even better things to come.
Frontwoman Clementine Creevy gives listeners a look into the mind of a young woman rebelling against societal pressures. This results in an album that is darker in both feel and theme than the band’s previous material. A stark contrast to the airy, garage rock sound we saw from Cherry Glazerr in the past. However, the switch in approach yields some genuinely awesome results. The punchy drums and distorted guitar riffs used throughout the album perfectly complement the true highlight of Creevy’s passionate singing.
The various ways in which Creevy’s voice comes through keep the album’s tone from growing stale over the course of its 10 tracks. Whether it’s through her calm and measured delivery on songs like “Ohio” or the intense shouting of lines like, “I see myself in you/ And that’s why I fucking hate you!” on “Stupid Fish,” her vocal performances are as dazzling as they are gritty.
One of the album’s standout tracks is the powerful “Daddi.” Creevy begins the song with the timid and fearful delivery of lines like, “Where should I go, daddy? What should I say?” The song then progresses into the much more confident and angry battle cry of “Don’t hold my hand” over heavy guitar riffs that reaffirm the tone of Creevy’s pointed angst.
Creevy displays a more composed take on her intense emotion on “Self Explained.” She laments the pressure to socialize as a young adult and the guilt she feels in enjoying her solitude. “I don’t want people to know how much time I spend alone,” she sings before leading into the catchy chorus.
Stuffed & Ready provides variety throughout. Some songs swap heavy guitar riffs for brighter synth leads, giving the band a more indie pop feel. This turn for the softer is evident on “Pieces,” which features a hypnotizing chorus over a steady stream of synth notes.
Stuffed & Ready captures the uncertainty of one’s early 20s and the stress it can generate. Creevy’s impassioned performance, paired with a backbone of crisp and clean production, makes for an album that displays how the band has matured since their debut release.