Get the full story on Nasty Cherry’s third EP direct from the band themselves.
Dork faves Nasty Cherry have just dropped a brand new EP ‘The Movie’. Full of the kind of dreamy, top pop action we’ve come to expect from the quartet, what better way to get accustomed to its many delights than by asking the band themselves to talk us through it. So that’s what we’ve done. Enjoy!
Six Six Six
Gabi – For ‘Six Six Six’, we all wrote with Charli [XCX] start to finish. We’re an organised mess most of the time while writing and often talk over each other or start melodies over someone else’s, or start a new song all together; but it always clicks… at some point. So when Charli discovered this was our way, she helped organise our mess a little more. We started with the guitar and bass, then she had the “heaven and hell” riff for the lyrics. We tried playing it once through humming along a mock-up verse melody into the chorus. Chloe accidentally played the guitar chorus too early, which was a beautiful accident because we liked it, so now it’s there, and it rocks. Some of the inspiration came from The Cure and Jessica Simpson. It was one of the fastest ones written on the EP.
What’s The Deal
Chloe – ‘What’s The Deal’ was a song we wrote at the end of a fairly long session. I don’t remember how many ideas we had put that down day, but when we hit a stride, we usually don’t know how we got there, and the ideas just seem to flow harmoniously between us. Writing with women and sharing a female perspective is such a powerful way to express yourself.
Georgia – We wrote ‘Her Body’ with Yves [Rothman] last August. Debbie flew out to LA so we could all write together, and it felt so special to be able to spend time together as a band during the pandemic, and also to work with one producer on the whole body of work for a good chunk of time, as we haven’t done that before. The whole atmosphere was so fun and close, and we were all bringing our own references and ideas to melodies and lyrics, but at the same time feeling super connected and in sync, both musically and menstrual cycle wise. Charli joined us in the studio for a couple of days, and ‘Her Body’ came out of one of those sessions. She came in and found us all playing guitars, all shouting ideas at each other, just super hyped, and Yves joining in. It was so chaotic and probably a nightmare for her at first, I remember we were acting out scenes from a feature-length action film music video we wanted to make. It’s really cool working with her because she can express her feelings and ideas for melodies and instrumentation so clearly and concisely, and she kind of taught us how to do that too, so you feel like the songs you’re writing fall out of you in a really beautiful way, and you all have this truly shared understanding of what you’re making. It’s not like one person is solely responsible for any one element of the writing, which feels very special. Lyrically, it’s about someone fucking you over for another woman. There’s some of all of us in there – it’s spiky and cocky and a bit teasing, but also insecure, and you can dance to it. It’s emotionally very pure and honest, and I think that came from having written it with Charli and Yves, who we love, and also with each other during a time when we really got to appreciate each other and be open with each other. I love this song so much because I can hear all 6 of us so clearly in it, all riding the same wave.
All In My Head
Debbie – We were having a super slow day at the studio, the kind where you make seven coffees, pee twenty times and spend two hours talking about the lunch you’re going to order. Then ‘All In My Head’ arrived out of nowhere and was practically finished in an hour. Chloe started singing the chorus line, and we all immediately had the same ideas for it. When we were writing it, we were thinking of David Lynch and Priscilla Presley and that cute scene in The Wedding Singer and Brad Pitt’s non-existence in Fight Club. It’s about daydreaming about someone so hard that they almost (almost!) feel real enough. We wanted it to sound tragically beautiful, and Yves really got the vision. We hope this makes you cry and smile at the same time. It’s one of our five favourite tracks from the EP.
Gabi – ‘Lucky’ was the second song we wrote during our time with Yves. A big spot in our hearts is for 80s synth and karaoke/school dance songs, a theme in most of our music. I think we accidentally wrote a very last dance at prom melody with Georgia on synth and friendship in mind. Everything was so exciting and daunting surrounding the creation of this EP because we had limited time with Debbie in town, and a fear of the unknown overhead. We all geeked out with each other before the start of each day, over the moon to be writing, and ‘Lucky’ really embodies that. The lyrics came easy for this; we wrote about each other and cheese feelings we’ve had over our course of being in a band together.
Taken from the April 2021 edition of Dork, out now. Nasty Cherry’s new EP ‘The Movie’ is out 2nd April.