London pop duo Ella and Alex, also known as Cherryade, are back with a tastebud tickling new track called “Bang. Pop. Go Worldwide.” Infused with noughties spirit and playful lyrics akin to PC Music’s GFOTY and pop pioneer Uffie before her, it’s as if the childhood pals never left that world of Window’s XP and Katie Price tabloid drama, which is exactly what we love them for.
Since debuting in 2016, the pair have taken their own brand of sickly sweet pop way beyond the drunken bedroom demos uniting them in their youth, penning hits for K-POP stars and self producing their own upcoming EP “Sinking Ship”. Their latest track brings them back to the scene with a bounce, and after ditching a dodgy manager, the pair are back to doing things exactly on their terms, conquering the world one single at a time.
We chatted to Ella and Alex below…
When did you first realise that music was what you wanted to do?
Ella: “We met at a strict Catholic high school and first used music as an outlet to rant about how much we hated it, and to write about things that we couldn’t really talk about.”
Alex: “I think that’s why lyrics have always been really important to us, we’re making pop songs but still want to have a layer of meaning and depth about them.”
Who did you grow up listening to?
Alex: “We’ve always loved M.I.A. and that’s one of the first gigs we ever went to together, but we’re also both into more straight up pop like Britney.”
Ella: “I got given a Lil’ Kim album when I was a kid by my parents, then learnt all the words and got grounded…”
How did you come up with your name Cherryade?
Ella: “We used to drink cherryade with vodka before nights out together and that’s when we first started messing around making songs on Garageband.”
Alex: “It just kinda made sense as we’re making fun, in your face pop music, and that’s how it all began.”
How would you describe your genre?
Alex: “I think we see ourselves still very much as writing pop music, just with a bit of an edge. I think lyrically and production wise, we always want to stand out a bit and not just fade into the crowd.”
Where do you get your inspirations from?
Ella: “We normally write our best songs when we’re both angry about something or feeling shit, if I’m honest. We mostly use songwriting as a way to vent our frustrations, so even though the new songs are a lot more happy sounding, they’ve still got tons of attitude”.