On Friday night, Cherry Glazerr brought the house down at a sold-out show at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA. Local Boston band Midriffs opened up the show with some psychedelic punk, and Slow Hollows got the near-capacity room ready for what was to come. .
Cherry Glazerr started with a bang; lead singer Clementine Creevy jumped onto the stage and screamed right into opening track “Sip O’ Poison”. The emotions brought by Creevy and the band seemed fitting in light of the Presidential inauguration. The stage was decorated in three colorful felt vaginas, symbolizing the band’s avocation for women’s rights in light of the recent election. At one point in the show, Creevy improvised a song called “Vaginas are awesome!” after telling the agreeing crowd to “think of this as resistance”.
The band literally brought the house down when Creevy asked everyone to sit down while she read “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. “Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap; wash the color clothes on Tuesday and put them on the clothesline to dry,” Creevy recited as she sat on top of the bass drum, with the audience listening closely. It was the perfect intermission to the punk-rock performance; it brought the whole room together especially after the day’s events.
The show continued, with even more collective power than before. The band sailed through new songs “”Told You I’d Be With The Guys” and “Only Kid On The Block” from their album Apocalipstick, which dropped on Friday. The crowd seemed to already know the singles, cheering at the beginning notes and screaming along to every word. The old hits were not forgotten; songs like “Had Ten Dollaz” and “Teenage Girl” were met with the same warm response.
Even in a room of only 194 people, Cherry Glazerr knows how to command a room, not only with their music, but with their words and emotions, creating a safe space for everyone during a time where a lot of people need it.