Having first met in 3rd grade, photographer Sadie Bailey and Cherry Glazerr frontwoman Clementine Creevy have been friends ever since. Though their busy schedules see them criss-crossing across the globe, when they do manage to catch up in person they make it count. Over the years Bailey has amassed a vast quantity of photos and misc objects that act as time markers in the duo’s friendship. Wanting to collate them into one tangible outlet, Bailey decided to create a zine, taking inspiration from punk DIY zines such as Sniffin’ Glue and Slash.
The result is The Lone Wolves and The Wild Ones (lines taken from Cherry Glazerr tracks Told You I’d Be With the Guys and Nurse Ratched). Here, Bailey talks us through the stories behind the zine.
“Clem is legitimately the most difficult person to get a hold of, and considering our calls are international we usually just facetime. However she very rarely picks up immediately (hence the facetime unavailable) and somehow only ever calls back when I’m drunk at a very loud bar. I’m starting to gain a collection of “facetime unavailable” selfie screenshots.”
Alex James Taylor: How did you and Clem first meet?
Sadie Bailey: It was over a decade ago so excuse the foggy memory. I’m pretty sure she joined Wonderland [Avenue Elementary School, in Los Angeles] at the start of 3rd grade. We were both weird, in a cool quirky way, so we somehow just ended up being friends. It was great, our mums were really good friends so we spent weekend after weekend at each other’s houses getting up to shit ten year olds probably shouldn’t.
AJT: What made you want to create this zine?
SB: I’ve preciously dabbled with the medium of zines/fanzines before and I had all these amazing photographs from Clem’s gig in Paris which, at the time, I had no idea what to do with. I thought of just slapping them onto my website but would that hold any significance? No… I have series after series of film photography on my website and the last thing I wanted was for this to be lost in the mix. It was one of the best nights I’ve had and I really wanted to make that known… plus, having your work in print, in a tangible hard copy that you can keep and flick through forever is pretty cool.
AJT: What was Clem’s reaction to the zine?
I haven’t actually showed her the completed version yet. I’ve barely discussed it with anyone actually. I think my boyfriend and my uncle Will, who is a big inspiration to me and has always urged me to keep my creative spark alive, are the only other people who actually know I’ve done this.
AJT: What’s your favourite story from the zine?
SB: Definitely the ‘Best of Atlantis’ spread. Back in July, we were in Berlin with the Perdu crew, and we stumbled upon a really cool little record store in Rosenthaler Platz whilst day drinking. After wrecking the toilet (which wasn’t actually meant for customers) Clem broke the record player. We don’t know how, it’s all kind of a blur, but in a panic she grabbed the vinyl she was trying to listen to, which was Best of Atlantis for some very odd reason, and bought a five euro tote bag to ‘compensate’. We ran out as quickly as possible.
“This spread is actually a picture taken a decade ago at my tenth birthday party back home in LA. That night was awesome. I did Green Day’s Holiday for karaoke and we watched High School Musical 2.”
AJT: You were inspired by the old punk DIY zines, what made you want to create something with that same ethos?
SB: After watching the documentary Punk:Attitude and their segment on the original Sniffin’ Glue zine, I was really inspired to go and put my own twist on it. My dad was in Siouxsie and the Banshees so the whole punk scene has always been a major influence in my life. I just love the whole, “fuck you, I’m going to do what I want and it will probably be shit and you’ll probably hate it but I don’t fucking care I’m going to do it anyway” attitude. That’s how I approached this, it was 1am and I was just like, ‘fuck it’. I grabbed an old newspaper and started cutting it up. I had no idea what was going to come from it but I didn’t care. I just wanted to make something.
AJT: What’s your plan for the zine?
SB: I’m not even sure if I’m going to sell them. I initially just wanted to make it for myself, Clem and a few close friends and then maybe try and flog a few on Instagram when I’m in need of a bit of extra cash for the pub (fuck you Brewdog for being so expensive)… but we’ll see. I might chuck a few up on my webstore if I can be bothered.