Nasty Cherry Paves Their Own Way to Fame


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Popstar and producer Charli XCX is the mastermind behind Nasty Cherry, the girlband she wishes she had growing up.

Envision a mystic world of bubblegum pink hair, rolled cigarettes, neon eyeshadow, drives through the dreamy streets of Los Angeles, eyeliner that could cut like a knife and garden- fresh, gleaming cherries. For the band Nasty Cherry, this world is their everyday reality.

One of Netflix’s newest shows, “I’m with the Band: Nasty Cherry,” is a six-episode series chronicling how the up-and-coming all-woman pop- rock band, Nasty Cherry, is rising to stardom in an era of entertainment where anyone can be the next best thing.

Nasty Cherry sprang to life when international pop star Charli XCX envisioned what type of band a 14-year-old version of herself would have wanted. Out of that dream came a group of four authentic, badass women that give encouragement to all the hopefuls who dream of moving to LA and, just by fate, instantly get a one-way ticket to fame.

The series starts with a quick introduction of all the bandmates.

Gabi Bechtel sings lead, and although it’s her first time ever singing or participating in a band, she’s so effortlessly cool that it doesn’t even matter.

Chloe Chaidez plays lead guitar but she said her most skilled musical talent is singing, which she gets to showcase more in her other band “Kitten”—and yes, of course that stirs up some drama later in the season.

Debbie Knox-Hewson, hailing from England, played drums for Charli on her latest tour. Charli knew the spot in Nasty Cherry was perfect for Knox-Hewson since she already “Eats, sleeps, lives and breathes drums.”

Also from the UK, the band’s bassist is Georgia Somary, a close friend of Charli’s. She spent an entire year learning how to play the bass before quitting her job. She packed up her entire life in London to move to LA and join the Nasty Cherry project.

The opening episode highlights all the individual personalities that make up the band’s production and the sound they’re starting to cultivate for themselves.

The message the show conveys in the first three episodes is that, in this era of entertainment, there is no one way to achieve this idea of “fame.” As long as you have a good product that you put all your time and resources into, you can market yourself to success—even before you’ve officially produced anything.

In episode five, before the band dropped their first single “Win,” their main goal was to promote themselves and the band over social media while still learning to connect creatively.

Visually, my favorite part of the show is the outtakes between scenes. The 30-second snippets of Knox- Hewson crushing birthday cakes and rose colored glam-punk photoshoots is representative of a seamless “That 70’s Show” and “Euphoria” crossover.

Of course, you cannot call it a proper docuseries without a bit of drama. The last two episodes are where producers may have decided to inject some “much-needed” drama.

In the last two episodes of the series, there are a few moments of major miscommunication between Chaidez and the rest of the bandmates, leaving her feeling unappreciated and frustrated. Without telling the band’s manager Emmie Lichtenberg or Charli herself, she ends up leaving the band—but all is resolved by the end of the episode with her quick return.

I’m interested in seeing how the band will continue to communicate and work together off screen. When you watch a show of this particular subject matter, you’re begging to connect with the personalities on screen.

Hopefully, fans don’t cling to the representation of Chloe as the devilish “diva” portrayed throughout the series and take the step themselves to further learn about the band members.

“I’m with the Band: Nasty Cherry” is an origin story of a band like we’ve never seen before. Their pathway to success is unorthodox, but it doesn’t seem to slow down their momentum.

This show is all about showcasing how you can achieve your dreams outside of the typical Hollywood fairytale.

For all those kids who think you have to spend your entire life holding a guitar to be in a successful band, you don’t. To all those girls who think drumming is only for boys, it isn’t. For all those girls who think you can’t manage a band, you can, and Nasty Cherry won’t let you forget.

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