Cherry Glazerr w/ Sex Stains @ The Chapel, 06.14.16

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LA garage rock band Cherry Glazerr played a headlining show at The Chapel in San Francisco on June 14th. The band were last in SF in March opening for Best Coast and Wavves, and nearly stole the show, so it was great to get them in town again trying out some new songs, as well as suped-up versions of tunes from their first record Haxel Princess. While that record captures the band’s vibe, attitude, and sense of humor, it only hints at the raucous, punk rock energy of their live show. Singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy is pogoing ball of energy even during the down-tempo tunes, and she’s got a commanding stage presence that makes it seem impossible that she’s only 19 years old.

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Speaking of age-defying performances, it’s hard to believe that Sex Stains’ Allison Wolfe is now in her mid-40s. Formerly of riot grrrl legends/pioneers/luminaries Bratmobile, Wolfe’s been at it for 25 years now, through a half dozen bands, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. As proof, she ended the set in a split. The rest of Sex Stains matched her energy, particularly singer Mecca Vazie Andrews, who dove into the crowd despite clear signs that no one in the crowd seemed interested or capable of catching her. To her credit/detriment, she tried it again at the end of their set, and once again the crowd parted like the Red Sea and Andrews landed on her head with a sickening thud. She appeared woozie after getting up, but is apparently A-OK.

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