grrrl talk: hannah uribe

the cherry glazerr drummer spills on biggie smalls, pms-ing, and her beauty secrets!

all photos by jade taylor

Introduce yourself!

I’m Hannah Uribe, I play drums in Cherry Glazerr.

Tell me about how you got started playing music, and how Cherry Glazerr started as a band?

I started taking drums lessons when I was in the 6th grade and have been taking lessons on and off ever since. I met Clem in 8th grade at the school we both currently attend, Wildwood. This was around the time she started her solo project, Clembutt. She showed me a few of her songs and I started jamming with her and played on a few of the recordings for Papa Cremp. Shortly after, Clem met Sean at a program at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. After that, Sean joined and Cherry Glazerr officially formed!

How would you describe your music?

Boob Rock.

If you had to choose, what’s your favorite song of yours and why?

My favorite song is "White's Not My Color This Evening," which is about PMSing—something I can really relate to considering I PMS like no other.  My boobs usually feel like they might fall off. The lyrics, “Break down your door then I’ll push you on the floor. I don’t wanna be seen, I don’t wanna be heard. I feel like a turd,” is a perfect way of describing my monthly PMS experience. It's also really fun to play live and watch kids lose their shit.

What are you guys coming out with next?

We are putting out a 7” with Suicide Squeeze around October. The A side is "Had Ten Dollaz" and the B side is our newest song, "Nurse Ratched." 

How does it feel being so young but having such big responsibilities?

I love being in a band and playing shows and touring. It’s difficult to do during the school year, but we’ve managed to make both work and will continue to do that until we are out of high school next year. As far as being young, I am surrounded by people who generally treat me as an equal, so I never really feel younger than everyone else.

Who are some of your favorite female drummers?

Janet Weiss, Sheila E., and Stella Mozgawa.

Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?

George Harrison, St. Vincent, Lauryn Hill, and Iggy & The Stooges.

Who are some of your ultimate beauty icons in music?

Biggie Smalls.

If you could form the ultimate fantasy girl band with musicians living or dead, who would be in the band?

Vocals: Siouxsie Sioux from Siouxsie & the Banshees.

Backup Vocals: Amber Coffman from Dirty Projectors, all the members of Destiny’s Child, and Lauryn Hill.

Lead Guitar: Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney.

Rhythm Guitar: Angel Olsen.

Bass: Jenny Lee Lindberg from Warpaint.

Drums: Sheila E.

Tambourine: Brigitte Bardot.

Triangle: Etta James.

Synth: Joni Mitchell.

Backup Dancer: Beyonce.

What posters did you have on your wall growing up?

I have an incredibly dope Biggie Smalls poster hanging in my room. I bought it from Amoeba when I was 13 and obsessed with Biggie. "Juicy" was my ringtone for the longest time. In the poster, he’s standing above a city and “Brooklyn” is written above him in big bold letters. I also had a poster with a picture of The Smiths hanging above my bed for a while.

What do you usually keep in your makeup bag?

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Tom Ford Traceless Foundation, Diorshow Black Out Mascara, Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, The Organic Pharmany Organic Glam Blush, and La Mer Concealer.

What are your all-time favorite beauty products? 

Johnson’s Baby Lotion, Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Neutrogena Daily Scrub, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, and The Organic Pharmacy Peppermint Face Wash.

 What is your signature scent? 

Degree Men Cool Rush. It’s even “body heat activated.”

What’s the best and worst beauty advice you’ve ever received?

The best beauty advice I’ve received is to not wear face makeup. Makeup such as foundation is no good for your skin. I use mine as little as possible. The worst advice is that I am capable of trimming my own bangs. Not true.

What’s the best advice you can pass on to our readers?

Always do what you love and fuck anyone who gets in the way of that.