Album review: Cherry Glazerr, “Apocalipstick”

by Jon E. Lynch

Cherry Glazerr, “Apocalipstick”

Available at your local independent record store: Friday, Jan. 20 via Secretly Canadian on CD, cassette tape, black vinyl. Order direct from the label in a bundle and receive limited edition clear with pink splatter LP, retail CD, and poster. Also receive limited Rumble 7” featuring two tracks – “Territorial Pissings” (Nirvana cover) plus an acoustic version of “Nuclear Bomb”.

I only vaguely remember ordering the first album from Cherry Glazerr. What I do remember is receiving the bubble-padded manila envelope, stamped with the Burger Records logo almost five years ago and excitedly popping the cassette into my player. That album, “Haxel Princess,” became the soundtrack to any car ride for the next four to six months. It was that good.

So, you can imagine the anticipation when I read that the band was set to release its sophomore record on one of my favorite mid-independent labels, Secretly Canadian, home to artists such as Suuns, The War On Drugs, Jason Molina, Here We Go Magic and, once, Yeasayer. Upon first-through-third listens, the production step-up was obvious, as the album was “recorded at Hollywood’s iconic Sunset Sound studio with acclaimed producers Joe Chicarrelli (The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, The White Stripes) and Carlos De La Garza (Bleached, M83, Paramore).” Their downtrodden darker pop was still present, but with the obvious sheen one expects when production budgets (presumably?) quadruple. This record is a grower, to be sure, so give it a few spins before you make any judgments. While it may sound as though I don’t dig the album, you’d be wrong. If you don’t believe me, believe Iggy Pop who claims Cherry Glazerr is “right up there with the best America has to offer today.”

Recommended for fans of Vivian Girls, Chastity Belt, or Dum Dum Girls.

Jon E. Lynch[email protected]


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