One half Actual World, one half Making the Band, Netflix’s new actuality sequence documenting the thrilling rise of all-female rock ‘n roll band Nasty Cherry aptly titled I am With the Band: Nasty Cherry, which begins streaming on Nov. 15 is an unflinching glimpse into the ambition, drama, character clashes, and most significantly, magic, that goes hand-in-hand with attempting to make it within the music trade.
The 6-episode present is value a watch, to make certain, however what’s key’s simply how a lot Nasty Cherry’s music is value a pay attention. The four-piece outfit which consists of lead singer Gabbriette Bechtel, guitarist Chloe Chaidez, bassist Georgia Somary, and drummer Debbie Knox-Hewson clearly has expertise, which is clear within the 4 songs the band has launched to date. That is part of what makes the Netflix sequence so compelling you need them to succeed nearly as a lot as they do. Fortunately they’ve an ace of their pocket: Charli XCX.
The British pop star is basically the brains and the guts behind the entire operation, having handpicked every of the members of Nasty Cherry in addition to the band’s resourceful supervisor, Emmie Lichtenberg, a detailed private good friend of hers. Forward of I am With the Band‘s premiere, Bechtel and Knox-Hewson shed a bit gentle on what your entire course of has been like for them, particularly having a mega-successful pop sensation supporting them.
“[Charli XCX’s involvement] is so invaluable because she’s had this stage of her career before, and she can look at things and remember what she wishes were done a bit different,” Knox-Hewson, who met Charli enjoying drums in her band, tells me over the telephone. “We can very easily call her and she’ll say, ‘This is really important that this decision comes from you.’ Or, ‘You don’t want to regret the kind of music you put out here. Make sure you loved it.’ She’s just got so much experience. It’s like a wealth of knowledge , but it’s also really supporting us and trusting us to work things out ourselves.”
Bechtel agrees, saying that Charli’s assist was “all you could ever ask for going into something as daunting as we were, having to get together in such a short period of time and sort out how we felt about everything, and then come together and be one voice.”
And that transition is not simple, as I am With the Band exhibits over the course of the season. Being in such shut quarters, tensions and misunderstandings run rampant, together with a doubtlessly disastrous falling out. However ultimately, all of them discover their approach again to one another.
“It really shows how female friendships aren’t always very simple.”
“We watched it on the edge of our seats, sitting on our hands, screaming and crying,” Knox-Hewson explains of seeing themselves onscreen for the primary time. “It really shows how female friendships aren’t always very simple. In normal life you can have an argument with someone and say, ‘I’m just going to let this cool off,’ or you even just think, ‘I’m not even going to bother explaining why that has upset me because you’re my mate that I see once a week, whatever.’ Whereas we went straight into this intense sisterhood where you really do talk about why something’s upset you or how you’re feeling.”
For Bechtel, the concept of each becoming a member of a band and permitting Netflix to report her each waking second for a number of months was particularly daunting. She’d modeled earlier than, positive, however this was her first gig singing lead.
“One thing I’ve been thinking a lot about recently, because the show’s coming up and I’ve just been reflecting on the entire thing is that I’m really happy I put myself in a bit of an uncomfortable position for myself,” she says. “I know everyone else did as well, just going into the unknown and exploring that fear and every possible chance that could have happened. So, I mean, my thing is kind of just say yes to everything as long as you’re not hurting yourself creatively that way. You know?”
Nasty Cherry has dropped 4 songs to date, most notably “Win,” the catchy single that we see the event of within the present. If you have not listened but, their sound might be described because the edgier, moodier youthful sister of Haim, with a touch of The Donnas thrown in. And, after all, Charli XCX’s fingerprints are throughout it. However do not get me improper ultimately, Nasty Cherry carves out a distinct segment all their very own, which we’ll get a greater style of when the band’s EP comes out on Nov. 22. Within the meantime they’re hoping they’ll encourage a number of extra younger ladies to comply with of their footsteps.
“This is such a clich, but you can really do whatever you want if you believe in it. Gabs hadn’t really sang much, I hadn’t written music with people before,” says Knox-Hewson. “Georgia picked up a bass for this project. Chloe had never played guitar in a band. We definitely had the luxury of having this super star, pop star going ‘I believe in you so give it a go.’ But I think even if you don’t have Charli XCX in your phone book, still probably just fucking start a band and give it a go. You might surprise yourself.”