Clementine Creevy embraces her own capability as a musician and stops pretending to know the answers
One of the first songs Clementine Creevy wrote for Cherry Glazerr's just-released album, Stuffed & Ready, was “Stupid Fish,” a grunge-rock anthem with a thick cluster of distorted guitars comprising its crunchy core.
“I don't wanna try to pretend like I know what's happening,” Creevy sings over the chorus. “I'm a stupid fish and so are you/Maybe I'm mad 'cause I see me in you.”
It's one of many vulnerable sentiments on Stuffed & Ready, marking a change from the ultra-confident persona Creevy put forth on Cherry Glazerr's previous record, Apocalipstick.
“I've been ruminating on this idea that we, as human beings, don't have any answers, and we're all sort of searching for meaning. We pretend to know what's going on to cope with our own lack of understanding about ourselves and the world around us,” Creevy said recently from the road. “I love the philosophy of surrendering to this idea that none of us know what we're doing, and we're all just shooting in the dark and hoping for the best.”
Getting to that place of openness and honesty, even if it meant embracing difficult or unflattering admissions, required a different type of confidence. While writing songs for Stuffed & Ready, Creevy adopted practices and ways of thinking that allowed her to stop second-guessing herself, and instead empowered her to trust her own creative decisions. Along the way, she made it a point to “strip away anything that I felt wasn't me.”
“A lot of my time making music, I worried about seeming capable and proving myself as a capable musician, and I think that may have gotten in the way of creating something simple and beautiful,” she said. “So that's what I wanted to do with this album — do away with worrying about seeming capable, because if you know you are, you don't have to worry about it. … I want to manifest this idea of seeing women as capable in the first place so they don't have to prove themselves. That's my goal as a person, and I'm still trying with that, of course. Feminism is easier said than done. Always.”
Cherry Glazerr, which is now a trio consisting of Creevy, drummer Tabor Allen and bassist Devin O'Brien (former synth player Sasami Ashworth is pursuing a solo career), will perform at the Bluestone on Sunday, Feb. 24, as part of Melted Music Festival, a new, one-day psych-rock fest. Cherry Glazerr's return to the Buckeye State is something Creevy has been anticipating in light of Stuffed & Ready's leadoff track, “Ohio.”
“I was in Ohio when I wrote that riff. We were on the road, and when I got into the venue we were just jamming before sound check, and I wrote that. I was listening to a lot of Slayer at the time. I was inspired by heavy, '80s rock music,” Creevy said. “I wrote that riff, and then I wrote the rest of the song around it. It's kind of about being on tour. I'm gonna be so excited to play the riff in Ohio. The riff is coming home!”