Wavves, Best Coast and Cherry Glazerr mosh with crowd at Joy theater


Bess Turner, Senior Staff Reporter

“I love po’boys,” front woman Clementine Creevy said, as she and the rest of Cherry Glazerr launched into fan-favorite “Grilled Cheese.” After sharing the stage with the likes of sister-duo Bleached and garage-rock band The Black Lips, up-and-coming Los Angeles garage band Cherry Glazerr stopped in New Orleans on Feb. 13 while touring with Best Coast and Wavves.

Cherry Glazerr held their own with the crowd compared to the steady performance of Best Coast, but Wavves took the show home with its energetic tracks and leader Nathan William’s assertive declaration: “I hate Mardi Gras, but maybe I would hate it less if there were balloons and aliens!” Subsequently, alien balloons converged on the crowd.

It was obvious what the majority of the attendees came for: the crowd almost immediately started moshing and hoisting people up to crowd surf once Wavves took the stage. Cherry Glazerr’s Creevy and multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth were even sucked into the mosh pit by the end of the set.

“It’s a perfect fit,” Creevy said about touring with Wavves and Best Coast. “We couldn’t have asked for a better two-group duo to ask us to come on tour.”

“It’s like having a cool big brother or sister invite you to the college football game,” Ashworth said.

Cherry Glazerr is pretty cool itself, though; Creevy started the band at just 17, partially to combat the overwhelmingly male-dominated music scene.

“I don’t want to put myself on a pedestal or boast about anything, but I think people just initially have lower expectations of female musicians,” Creevy said. “Then there’s this internal wanting to prove yourself, and so I think that kind of motivates me a lot more, and I feel like I’m kind of carrying a torch in a way.”

Influenced by a combination of punk and funk, Creevy and company are making the kind of music they want to make, whether it be about something as banal as a sandwich or as weighty as the symbolic Nurse Ratched of Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

And although Cherry Glazerr is the main focus, the band spreads its talents around—both Ashworth and drummer Tabor Allen are professional musicians, bassist Sean Redman plays in the band The Buttertones and Creevy is a model and actress, most recently featured the Amazon series “Transparent.”

“We’re essentially trying to make people passionate about art, make people passionate about everything that we do, whether it’s advocating for things that we believe in [or our music],” Creevy said.

For everyone besides Creevy, this tour is the band’s first time in New Orleans. And as for first impressions?

“It smells like vomit, but it feels like heaven,” Ashworth said.

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