I don’t know about you guys, but when I was in high school, I was pretty much consumed by getting a good score on the SATs and trying to find someone to give me a ride home so I wouldn’t have to deal with the underclassmen on the bus. But the impossibly hip high schoolers in Cherry Glazerr (a wordplay on the name of a KCRW anchor) are doing all that and more—and in this case, “more” means playing in a pretty successful pop-rock trio, which just released its debut album, Haxel Princess, from Burger Records.
Like many other bands whose music has been released by Burger, there’s nothing inherently complex about the lip-smackingly saccharine garage pop of Cherry Glazerr, but these damn catchy tunes are a reminder that there’s not necessarily anything wrong with a simple song. A few songs deal with the usual drama of being a teenager (like the aptly titled “Teenage Girl” and the make-out melody “Bloody Bandaid”) while others are just, like, fun (see: “Grilled Cheese”). There are also some very subtle but well-placed surf guitar-isms throughout—my personal favorite is the one in “Sweaty Faces”—that are a fitting nod to the band’s California heritage. When all is said in done, this album might just make you want to skip class, grab some In-N-Out Burgers, and hang at the beach with these talented teens.
Seriously, keep an eye out for this band—if they’re already killing it before graduating high school, they’ve got a bright future ahead of them. Hopefully we’ll see Cherry Glazerr around Boston in 2014. In the meantime, check out Haxel Princess streaming below or pick up a copy on wax from Burger Records.