“You know when you have a friend, and you know they’d be super into this other friend you have but they don’t know each other so you make the connection? It was like that,” is how Charli XCX describes the formation of Nasty Cherry. Yes, you heard that correct, pop superstar Charli XCX is the mastermind behind your new favorite pop/punk girl group, Nasty Cherry.
Nasty Cherry is Chloe Chaidez (guitar), Debbie Knox-Hewsom (drums), Gabbriette Bechtel (vocals), and Georgia Somary (bass). All of the girls know Charli but not eachother. If you haven’t checked out their Netflix show yet, I highly recommend it. If you love rise to fame stories that are fun and female-empowering, go watch! Fans get a heavy glimpse into what it’s like to create and curate a band (and brand) that is successful and honest. Through a haze of vape pens and smeared eyeliner, the four women start living and creating music together, personalities come out and tensions start to rise.
Through the ups and downs, Nasty Cherry is finally formed and are already hitting their stride. Hit single, “Win” is Nasty Cherry to its core. A spunky pop-punk anthem declaring ones desire to always be on top. Gabbi’s stellar alto vocals are deep and desirable as ever as they glide over an alluring bass line. The lyrics are retro and as rebellious as possible; “I’m such a psycho, got violent eyes, I’ll make it rain down, electric skies, I tell you secrets, I tell you lies.”
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The band recently released their first EP titled, Season 1 featuring the edgy, “Music With Your Dad”, the euphoric “Live Forever” and of course, my favorite, “Win”. I can’t wait to hear more from these girls in the future.
I’ve been a fan of Cailin Russo for a couple of years now. Not only is she a stellar solo artist but also the frontwoman of the band, obviously named, Russo. In between band hiatus’, Cailin has released solo music that emulates a young Amy Winehouse.
Russo’s latest single, “Fade” is one of her best to date. Pulling on traditional alternative sounds and melodies, Russo pulls out all the stops on this one.
The chorus provides a powerful declaration as Russo sings, “I’m not guilty for my mistakes. I’m not proud of what we made, I just try to mean what I say. You just watch me fade away.” Honest lyrics and raspy vocals seem to complimenteachother so well on this track. Russo explains the song saying, “It’s my favorite song I’ve ever done. It literally brings me to tears...The song literally describes someone watch you deteriorate as a human and not doing anything about it.”
The singer turned to social media to tease the new single saying, “dis one is special to me, I’ll tell you why soon”. Not only does the song follow suit to some of Billie’s past hits but follows the same flow as well. In her classic hushed alto tone, the singer speaks, “I had a dream, I got everything i wanted, not what you’d think, and if I’m being honest, it might’ve been a nightmare, to anyone who might care.”
The song is an homage to the dark side of fame while simultaneously showing love to her brother and co-producer FINNEAS. Although it’s ominous and bleak, this is the Billie Eilish I love and cherish; lulled tones that feel very Lorde-esque and always poetic. Eilish takes her fans straight down the path to her heart – no questions asked.
It’s easy for me to say Coldplay is hands down the most consistent band I’ve ever witnessed. Not only do they stay true to themselves, but they manage to keep innovating their sound as music and society changes. Since I’m a massive Coldplay fan, I guess I’m a little biased but I can’t get over how timeless their discography is. Not one miss exists in their repertoire and that’s not something a lot of bands can say (yes, I love the Ghost Stories album and found it incredibly poignant in the best way possible).
Recently, the band announced a new album, Everyday Life, out November 22nd. With this news came a couple of new tracks titled, “Orphans”, “Arabesque” and later on, “Everyday Life”.
In a recent interview, the Coldplay frontman Chris Martin explained the inspiration behind the bouncy track “Orphans“, saying, “We’d been thinking so much about all these kids in refugee camps who are just like us…And really they’re human people just like everyone else, and we were thinking about particularly the young people who’ve been displaced, who just want to go home and be normal just like everybody else.” The lyrics convey the message quite clearly as Martin joyously sings, “I want to know when I can go, Back and get drunk with my friends, I want to know when I can go, Back and be young again.” The single features Coldplay’s classic repetitive guitar riffs and a chant-like chorus to top it all off – reminiscent of any track off of their 2015 album A Head Full Of Dreams.
New single “Arabesque” sounds similar to a Viva La Vida track, specifically “Violet Hill”. Horns and a punchy drum highlight the marching undertones of the track. While “Everyday Life” couldn’t be more beautiful if it tried. Echoing Coldplay’s never ending themes of unity and love, the song discusses how we as humans are all the same in so many ways. Martin sings, “everyone hurts, everyone cries, everyone tells eachother all kinds of lies, everyone falls, everybody dreams and doubts.” A piano melody keeps the song in a pretty mellow state – another Coldplay speciality. This song strikes a nostalgic chord for me. It feels like old school Coldplay but still new and relevant. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.