REVIEW: CHERRY GLAZERR AT VELVET UNDERGROUND
After the release of their third studio album, Stuffed & Ready, Cherry Glazerr was back in Toronto for a sold-out show.
Despite losing a group member since the last time they graced the Velvet Underground stage, the LA-based band still managed to tear the house down with their indie garage-grunge sound.
Opening the show was the Boston-based trio, Palehound. Their low-key rock was a fitting precursor to Cherry Glazerr, though the audio was far from superb (not ideal for lead singer Ellen Kempner’s whispery singing voice). However, they still managed to get the crowd grooving with their latest single “Killer” and a few goodies from their 2017 album, A Place I’ll Always Go.
Cherry Glazerr’s set began before the group was even on stage, playing audio of frontwoman Clementine Creevy’s vocals over the speaker. They waltzed onto stage in a laid-back fashioned and kicked off the show with the first track on Stuffed & Ready, “Ohio.”
It didn’t take long for the mosh pit to form with bodies tossing about on the small dancefloor.
The crowd revved up for past hits “White Is Not My Colour This Evening” from their 2014 album, Haxel Princess and “Nurse Ratched” from 2017’s Apocalipstick.
The stage was decorated more than the last time they performed at VU, but it felt (fittingly) like a freshman girl’s dorm room, with fairy lights wrapped around structures and big inflated cherries in the background.
Creevy stated in a press release that “with Stuffed & Ready, I'm a much more weary and perhaps cynical woman who believes you need to figure your own self out first." The album explored the unequal power dynamics for women within romantic and sexual relationships and this sentiment seemed to strike a chord with her female audience. When they played “Daddi,” audience vocals were distinctly female, screaming along the lyrics: “Don’t hold my hand!!”
They’ve leaned more into the punk vibes with their last album, abandoning the more low-fi mellow tone of Haxel Princess, but songs like “Grilled Cheese” and “Teenage Girl” still resonate with the crowd (though the moshing certainly slowed down).
Creevy’s demeanor on stage walks the line between goofy and intense, proving her prowess as a front woman—making it all the more mind-blowing that she’s only 22.
When the band returned for their encore, Creevy strutted to the mic motioning her hands like a conductor before jumping into a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s "Time to Get Away."
They finished the show with the ultimate blast of chaotic energy with “I Told You I’d Be With The Guys.” The crowd was wilder than ever and could probably have moshed throughout the night, but alas, it was time to wrap things up.
We all left the venue sweat-drenched and buzzing with excitement.
By Robyn Bell