Delivering a savvy mix of snarling rock and pop hooks, Los Angeles' Nasty Cherry draw on their love of the Runaways and the Spice Girls on releases like the 2019 single "Win."
Featuring lead singer Gabby Bechtel, guitarist Chloe Chaidez, bassist Georgia Somary, and drummer Debbie Knox-Hewson, Nasty Cherry formed in 2018 when Charli XCX suggested that Knox-Hewson -- who was Charli's drummer during the Sucker era -- put together an all-female rock band. Knox-Hewson recruited her friend Somary, a set decorator whose credits include Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi who learned to play bass when the band formed, and Chaidez, who also fronts the like-minded band Kitten. When they added Bechtel, a model/photographer/dancer as well as singer, the lineup was complete. Nasty Cherry then signed to XCX's Vroom Vroom Recordings label and spent several months writing songs with her, using touchstones like The Craft and Heathers as well as the music of the Strokes and the Cure as inspiration. In March 2019, the band released its debut single "Win," which was produced by another XCX collaborator, Justin Raisen. ~ Heather Phares