- 01 May 19
We speak to emerging Derry act Cherym.
With a distinctive, eclectic sound, Derry trio Cherym burst onto the Northern Irish scene in 2018 and haven’t slowed down since. Made up of lead vocalist/guitarist Hannah, bassist/backup vocalist Nyree and drummer/backing vocalist Alannagh, the band was formed as a cheeky response to their musical surroundings.
“In Derry at the time, it was a bit of a boy’s club,” recalls Hannah. “We were like, ‘I wonder what would happen if we all just started playing?’ We just really enjoyed it and it worked out.”
Though the group cites influences as diverse as Shania Twain, the Pixies, Slipknot and Snail Mail, they call themselves “a pop-rock band with a punk sort of attitude.” They have opened for the likes of D.O.A. and Sleeping with Sirens, and their single ‘Take It Back’ – an upbeat tune from debut EP Mouthbreatherz – was nominated for Best Single at the NI Music Prize.
Since then, the band have dropped a new single, ‘Super Queens’. This summer, they’re in high demand – you can catch Cherym on the festival circuit, including appearances at KnockanStockan and Indie 19. Their next EP is due out in September.
“The past couple of months have just been insane,” reflects Hannah. “I don’t think that we ever expected to be sitting in this position after playing a couple of gigs around Derry.”
‘Super Queens’ is out now.