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First Person: Cherry Glazerr

L.A. trio Cherry Glazerr brings their raw, punky pop sound to Studio A. The three-piece band from L.A. took root in 2012 when frontwoman Clementine Creevy joined with bassist Sean Redman and drummer Hannah Uribe to create Cherry Glazerr.

Discover more about Cherry Glazerr in their own words.

On the KCRW Radio Host Chery Glaser

Clementine Creevy: We did name it after her, after the NPR reporter. We thought it would be kind of humorous and interesting and cool. And I also listen to NPR every morning on the way to school, so I decided that it was a great band name.

Sean Redman: It's a subtle inside joke for Southern Californians. It's easy to Google and easy to remember.

CC: We actually took Googling under consideration because we didn't want to spell the same way, so we put two r's at the end.

Hannah Uribe: and a z.

On the Origins of the Band

HU: I met Clem at our school Wildwood, in Santa Monica in 7th grade...8th grade, and they met at MI in Hollywood, Musician's Institute.

CC: Yea, we actually started a couple months before Sean joined the band. We were jamming. I played guitar and she was drumming and some of our other friends would come in and sing and play tambourine and it was just for fun, and then Sean joined the band and we became a more collaborative, cohesive unit.

SR: I think they called it "No Parrots."

HU: That was for a brief moment.

CC: Yea, it was a play on "No Parents." It was a trick of a mind thing.

HU: Yea, she said let's name our band "No Parents" and I said, "No Parrots?" and we were like "Ah, band name!" But it wasn't any good so we didn't use it.

On Writing the Songs

CC: Well, I'm the songwriter for every song. I write all the lyrics, then I'll come up with a guitar part and I usually come up with the melody first. I jot down ideas and lyrics in my notes and on my phone all the time. And then once I come up with the skeleton, we build upon it together and we come up with the arrangement together. I think as a songwriter, I'm influenced by Elliott Smith, T-Rex, Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett. A lot of funk too. I love Andy Warhol.

On the Song's Subject Matter

CC: I think initially I was writing those lighthearted, light songs because I was kind of sick of girls my age getting an acoustic guitar and just fiddling around and talking about the ocean and love. I don't really give a shit about the ocean or love or the vast sea. No offense to singer songwriters, I love Chelsea Wolfe, I love singer songwriters. I think I was more interested in being ironic. So I'll write a song about grilled cheese because I like grilled cheese sandwiches, this will be kind of funny and it will also sound good and be sonically appealing. So there's irony and appeal at the same time. But I don't want to toot my own horn.

SR: I heard it after I met her. I hadn't seen her in awhile and she was like, "Check out this stuff I recorded..." That was two years ago. I just knew right away that she was on to something good. It was just too easy. I was like, "Why can't write this." I'm just happy to be on the team. A lot of it had to do with our recording engineer Joel Jerome, he has his magic tricks in the studio. It was just the time that it was recorded. The time was right. It's just been a strange fun ride ever since. I can't pinpoint any details that really struck me. The bass line was really repetitive and you could walk to it and bob your head and it was just catchy and wholesome.

On Los Angeles References

CC: I do make references to venues like the Smell and teenage things. Those songs were literally written two years ago and those were like the first time writing songs. Actually that's not true, I've been writing songs since I was seven years old. But it was the first time I was writing guitar parts. Those songs I like to consider as blossoming little pieces, I think now we're a lot more complex and I think my lyrics are less naive.

On Balancing the Band and High School

SR: I don't think we have average lives anymore...

HU: I've been asked this question before. I don't know. I don't know how I do it. I just do my homework and do the band. And it just works out. Or it doesn't and I fall behind in school and I don't know. I just do it.

SR: You kind of have to take it day by day. Just wake up in the morning and... Oh crap, we have an interview followed by a show! And the next morning I have work and they have school. We just have to...

CC: We have busy schedules...I think if I didn't have a busy schedule, I would watch too much "Keeping Up with The Kardashians."

On an Average School and Work Day

SR: I had work at 8am.

HU: I had chemistry and US History.

CC: I had Spanish and then pre-calc and then had lunch where I answered emails and talked to our booking agent. That's usually what we do at lunch. Talking to our booking agent and talking to Raul. I get in trouble all the time for emailing in class and I'm like, "No wait, I'm setting up a thing with KCET, this is really important! I know we are working on conjugations in Spanish right now, but we really need to lock in this date." And they're like, "What are you even talking about?"

On Choosing Whether to Go to College

CC: We're doing the college process right now. I don't really want to talk about it.

HU: I can answer that one. I think I can speak with Clem on this one, but this is mostly my perspective. I haven't wanted to go to college recently. These past few months, I've realized that college isn't what I want to do next, but I've been trying to be a little more open about it and do the application process and have an option I can fall back on just 'cause. I've come this far, I might as well see where I can get in. And if I get accepted and then change my mind about wanting to go to college, I can. If I get accepted somewhere and I still want to do the band, which I absolutely want to do, I can do a year deferred, which is basically just a gap year if I change my mind and decide I want to go to college. I want to study psychology.

CC: I think education is really important and I love school, actually. I love history and I have a lot of fun in school. But it's definitely hard to do both. College... it may be easier to do the band and be in school rather than in high school, 'cause you have less hours in college. But I'm keeping my options open and working really hard in both areas.

On the Community of Los Angeles Bands

CC: We're lucky we're surrounded by really awesome bands in LA.

SR: Los Angeles is pretty great right now for young musicians. If you can find somewhere where the rent is cheap, the other resources are at your disposal. There is a lot of influence going around with the bands we play with. Some of the bands we play with, they've been doing this a long time and they have a lot of valuable lessons to share with. And we kind of watch them and learn what works and what doesn't. And I'm at shows three, four nights a week mostly.

CC: I'd say two nights a week and our shows. I love watching bands and picking up on things from people who are older than us.

SR: There's been a huge exodus of artists to LA from other parts of the country and all around the world. Right now, it's... I don't want to jinx it or anything but it's the same thing that happened in Brooklyn and Austin where it became really central for musicians to group up and jam and start new bands and share new ideas to create new types of music and new genres. We're taking pieces from the past and recycling them here in LA. It's kind of what's always happened I think.

On New Music

CC: Yeah, we're working on new material. We're gonna try to take a break for a little bit to write and record. We've got some thing cooking. Sorry, we're also going on a West Coast tour up to Seattle. And we're playing two shows in New York and a show in Chicago.

SR: They have a very small window of time in the summer between school and other traveling. So we can't go all the places we want to right now.

CC: So when Summer comes along, we have to really grab those three months and get into gear.

On Song Writing

SR: Because of our schedules we don't really have time to jam and work on ideas for long amount of time. When it came time to write a new song, it fell together really quickly. And it was really encouraging because we hadn't spent a lot of time together writing songs and it was a step in the right direction. It was like, okay we can do it.

On the Evolution of the Band's Sound

CC: I think higher production value and we have a better ear, less reverb, faster tempo, more complex songs, longer songs. And instead of just coming up with three chord jingles...

SR: We've become such better musicians just over the year since we've been a band.

CC: We had no idea even how to play together a year ago...

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