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On the face of it, taking four strangers – two of which have never been in a band before – moving them into a house in LA and encouraging them to start writing music seems destined to fail. Yet against the odds, Nasty Cherry have arrived and, as they proudly declare on their debut single, they’re not just here to play, they are here to win.
Nasty Cherry is the brainchild of pop superstar Charli XCX, who dreamt of creating a band that would inspire the next female in the same way that the Spice Girls had inspired her to pursue a career in music.
An equal US/Brit split, the band is made up of Charli’s longtime collaborator Debbie Knox-Hewson on drums, model/photographer Gabbriette Bechtel on lead vocals, set designer Georgia Somary on bass, and Chloe Chaidez – lead singer from Los Angeles rockers Kitten – on guitar.
After a series of cryptic social media posts, the band launched properly in March last year with the release of Win; a sizzling, sultry, driving track, bursting with personality and ambition. Win has been produced by Justin Raisen, who also produced Sky Ferreira’s modern pop classic Night Time, My Time, and fans of that record are sure to be instantly infatuated with Nasty Cherry’s sound.
The band’s profile has been further boosted since November’s release of the six-part Netflix documentary I’m With The Band: Nasty Cherry, which follows the quartet from their first meeting, starting to write together, to playing their first shows and releasing their first single.
An intimate look at the Nasty Cherry experience, I’m With The Band offers viewers a fascinating look at the sacrifices it takes to make it as a musician today, with the foursome ever-determined to tear up the rulebook and be as authentic to themselves as possible.
The band released their debut EP, Season 1, to coincide with the release of the docu-series, featuring the Charli XCX co-penned Live Forever, a The Cure-esque breakup track with an accompanying music video that makes being in Nasty Cherry look like the most fun thing in the world.
After a handful of gigs in London, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York, Nasty Cherry come back to the UK in February and March 2020. Such is the demand to see them live, the band’s London show has already been upgraded to the 600 capacity The Garage.
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