Great bands make things look easy. They thrive on the starlight glinting off of the phones of screaming onlookers, and to those onlookers, there should be nothing but the person onstage. These are the brief moments in life where the world should melt away–the back pain, the traffic, the fact that despite being in operation since 1957, there still isn’t a decent solution for parking near the Troubadour–none of that should mean anything right here and now. But sometimes, those things do mean something, and on March 11th Cherry Glazerr found themselves delivering an excellent performance that was woefully hampered by the uncharacteristically poor sound in the club.
Issues like these are not often the fault of the people on stage. Certain venues require more intensive vetting than others, and while the Troubadour may be considered an all-time classic venue, to say its layout is unorthodox is an understatement. Luckily some things did go off without a hitch. The band started promptly on time, ripping into “Ohio,” the intro from their latest record Stuffed & Ready which has fast become a favorite of those who had been aching for some truly slick guitar rock. Creevy’s lead guitar cut through the air with surgical precision, permeating every portion of the club, but the vocals didn’t seem to be mixed quite right, an issue that would persist throughout the night.
While the issues with vocals would be persistent throughout the night, there were no issues with the band’s performance. They kept a fairly minimal stage design that featured Christmas tree lights and flashing amps staged around a pair of inflatable cherries, and Creevy’s fun red jumpsuit was fittingly eye-catching. Her energetic performance, filled with an impressive amount of what seemed to be impromptu dance moves, kept the audience on their feet and even inspired mosh pits during “Trash People” and “Wasted Nun.” Her dance moves reached a peak when they covered LCD Soundsystem’s “Time to Get Away” for their encore, leaving the audience exhausted and thoroughly forgiving of any issues the vocals may have endured.
Not everything tends to go right when it’s time for a live performance. There are simply too many variables to expect such a young band to nail every single element. But seeing the places where Cherry Glazerr experienced difficulty, it’s not hard to see how a meteoric rise is on the horizon for these three.
Had Ten Dollaz
That’s Not My Real Life
White’s Not My Color This Evening
(segued into a metal jam)
(interlude before Distressor)
Sip O’ Poison
Time to Get Away (LCD Soundsystem cover)
Told You I’d Be With the Guys
Photo Credit: Mauricio Alvarado