Pride Profiles: Cherym

To celebrate Pride, we’ll be highlighting a different Irish artist from the LGBTQIA+ community each day in June as part of our Pride Profiles series.

By Clare Martin

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Paramore, Potty Mouth, Charly Bliss

Who They Are

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Cherym here at Nameless Faceless. The Derry three-piece are riding the exuberant wave of pop punk sweeping the globe right now. Hannah Richardson (vocals, guitar), Nyree Porter (bass), and Alannagh Doherty (drums) tap into that sweet spot where the realms of angst and utter joy overlap.

On their latest single, “Listening to My Head,” they sing from the perspective of murderer Betty Broderick, whose crimes are featured in the Netflix documentary Dirty John. With their enthusiastic delivery and thumping guitar, you’re bowled over by just how lovesick the song feels, a bittersweet combination of pain and infatuation. In our interview with Cherym, Richardson said that the pandemic has provided the trio with “a wee lifeline to just be really productive and write loads of songs,” so hopefully we’ll be hearing more releases from them soon, especially since they’ve signed to British label Alcopop! Records.

Cherym Release New Track Inspired by Netflix Show ‘Dirty John’

By Ellen Pentony

Derry trio Cherym return with their new single “Listening to My Head,” their first release since signing with British label Alcopop! Records. It’s incredibly catchy, blending the melodic elements of pop music with the heaviness of punk and garage to create a sound that is pretty unique on the island of Ireland right now. In our recent interview with Cherym, vocalist and guitarist Hannah Richardson explained that the show inspired her because of the way “the storytelling influences the audience to feel for a kind of messed up person.”

In a recent press release, the band say that the track is written from the point of view of Betty Broderick, wife of Dan Broderick, a successful business man who used Betty to gain his success, tormented her life, left her penniless in the divorce settlement, took full custody of their children, and abused her throughout their relationship. In the end she ended up killing him…and his lover, but that’s beside the point. This is Betty’s song. Betty may be a killer, but Richardson sings from her perspective, with her emotions in mind: “I sit alone almost every night / Waiting for you to call home.”

The band are set to embark on a UK tour this coming autumn and will be supported by labelmates CHEERBLEEDERZ. You can buy tickets here.

Check out “Listening to My Head” below.

Chatting to Cherym about Breaking Up the Sausage Fest, Doing Big Gay Stuff, and Making Music for the Pure Fun of It

By Ellen Pentony

There’s a whole host of young talent emerging across Ireland right now that is making me, at the grand old age of 24, feel absolutely ancient. It’s a weird feeling, fangirling over bands who are younger than you. You’re like, This is embarrassing, right? But honestly, it’s not, because these new artists are just so damn impressive. 

Cherym, the self described “unce unce” punk trio from Derry, are the latest band whose success is making me question what the hell I’ve done with my life. Originally formed by Hannah Richardson (vocals, guitar) and Nyree Porter (bass) who knew each other in school, Alannagh Doherty (drums) was the final piece of the puzzle, joining just before they exploded onto the scene in 2019.

Doherty singles out the Ones To Watch slot in Whelans as their big break. She says that “we got [the Cork festival] Indiependence from doing that show. We did an Irish tour, we started doing bigger festivals like Electric Picnic.” 

Asked about the music scene in Derry, Richardson laughs and says “Bennigans—that’s where everything is going down.” The wee pub on John Street is seemingly the place to be because “you just know that if you put on a show in Bennigans it’ll sell out.” 

To her, this is what makes the scene quite a welcoming and encouraging place because “it doesn’t really matter what’s on. There’s always gonna be people out in the yard, just rocking out to whatever kind of music, which I quite like, I think that’s nice.” 

When asked about the motives behind starting a band, it was refreshing to hear that they didn’t overthink it. There’s no manifesto or agenda. Instead, Cherym simply wanted to be “girls in a band.” That and the fact that Richardson says, “At the time Derry was a pure sausage fest, like an absolute disgrace of a scene.” They’re not afraid to speak their mind and don’t seem to care too much about what others think of that—not in an annoyingly apathetic way, but in a genuinely down-to-earth, I’m-comfortable-in-my-skin way. 

Speaking about their musical style, Doherty explains that their differing influences “kind of blended into one specific type of music.”  Pop-punk is the genre the band are most associated with, but Doherty is quick to point out that wasn’t a conscious choice and that they “never really settled on anything. It was ’Right, what are we feeling like doing today?’ ” 

This carefree spirit translates into their lyrics and subject matter. Richardson says that one song they’re currently working on was particularly influenced by the show Dirty John—a documentary about a woman that kills her ex-husband and his partner. “He was an arsehole,” she says, “so like, I sort of sympathise with her.” She laughs, clarifying that what she really finds interesting is the way the storytelling influences the audience to feel for a kind of messed up person. 

Doherty jumps in here to say that they do write about deeper stuff that is more personal to them. She explains, “We’re all part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Since we all share that experience, we want to have our music and our band to be a safe space.” 

The band members are open about their identity, but don’t make a big deal about being queer.  Richardson brings up a particular interview where they were asked, “Why do you sing about girls?’’ The interviewer “didn’t say that’s not normal or anything, but he was sort of implying it. For us that is the norm, though.” 

Doherty adds that it would be weird for them to write anything else: “Like, if I was to write a song like ’Driver’s License” or whatever it’s called, like, that’s foreign to me. It wouldn’t make sense. Singing about boys? I can’t do that.” 

Cherym want to be make it clear that they’re here and definitely queer, but it’s not a big deal because it’s “pure natural” to them. “It’s all about normalising it,” says Doherty, who points to the first time she heard Haley Kiyoko singing about girls the same way straight men sing about girls—except less weird and creepy. She hopes that their music resonates with “a younger generation or those who haven’t come out yet,” so that they have something to relate to. 

It’s a bit mental that they’re talking about being role models for a younger generation given their own youth, but it shows a maturity and awareness that underpins their carefree, fun-loving style and personality. 

They have some new releases coming up, with Richardson admitting that the pandemic has given them “a wee lifeline to just be really productive and write loads of songs.” Although normally flat out with gigs, she says that this is the first time they’ve put out songs and thought “aw, I can’t wait to put out the next one.” Their latest release “Kisses On My Cards,” is an Avril Lavigne-esque angsty love song. It’s very Pink Slip—that’s Lindsay Lohan’s punk band in the movie Freaky Friday for anyone who isn’t as obsessed with it as I am. 

While their sound is definitely reminiscent of the early 2000s, Doherty says, “When we develop as people, our music is also developing along with us.  That way you can expand your fan base, you can expand your audience.” Richardson adds that making music right now is exciting because there is so much genre-bending stuff happening. 

We finish up our chat by talking about their dream act to go on tour with. Richardson hopes that whoever it is, they would be big. She immediately says Charly Bliss, but then admits that might be a bit out of their reach. She continues, “Realistically speaking, if One Direction were doing a reunion tour tomorrow and were like ‘We want Cherym to come and support,’ I’d be like, ‘What’s happening boys? Straight white men, I love you!’” 

For Doherty, the first band that comes to mind is PUP—the Canadian rock band who were responsible for one of the happiest days of Richardson’s’s life so far. 

Richardson tells the story of when they went to a PUP gig “wearing Cherym t-shirts and at one point [PUP lead singer] Stefan came out and I told Nyree to take her top off and throw it at him. Like she had a top on underneath, by the way. So she threw her Cherym tee on stage and he wore it for the remainder of the gig and it was just insane.”

Other standouts are Paramore and Pvris, whose frontwoman Lynn Gunn is also queer. Doherty says that it would be great to be “with other big gays doing big gay stuff.” Richardson identifies Haim as a dream group to open for, but then goes on to say it might be the end of the band because they’d “absolutely eat us alive on stage cause they’re that good. Like we’d have to quit. Our biggest gig to date and we just quit after it.” 

Very punk rock of them.

There’s a really endearing, humble energy about Cherym. They certainly care about their music but, refreshingly, don’t seem to care too much about what others think of them.  They’re just out here, living their best lives, making music for the pure fun of it. They’ve already achieved their goal of being girls in a band. The sausage fest is well and truly over; make way for Cherym’s reign.

Bandcamp Friday: Our Recs for April

By Clare Martin

Happy Bandcamp Friday! Honestly, if there’s anything good to come from the seemingly unending pandemic, it has to be Bandcamp’s decision to waive their cut on every first Friday of the month (more specifically, 8am GMT Friday to 8am GMT Saturday). We love buying music and band merch, and it’s even better knowing that every penny is going towards the artist.

Bandcamp Friday is handy for supporting your favourite musicians or finding new artists to love. We couldn’t possibly hope to cover every single Irish act selling their tracks and wares today, but we’re highlighting some below in case you need help narrowing down your purchasing decisions. 

Aoife Nessa Frances

Fresh off her appearance at SXSW 2021, Aoife Nessa Frances has plenty of merch to offer: t-shirts, tote bags, vinyl, and CDs. The limited edition white vinyl pressing of the singer/songwriter’s debut album Land of No Junction is definitely not one to sleep on. 

Beauty Sleep

Besides CDs of their debut album Be Kind, Belfast duo Beauty Sleep are also selling prints of the record’s cover art on Bandcamp. They’re bright and colourful and even sport a hand-painted “reminder to be kinder to yourself” on the back.


We’re staying in the North but heading over to Derry, where pop-punk group Cherym are selling their super cool “Abigail” t-shirts (which come with unlimited streams and downloads of the single). 


“I Love You But I’m In A Bad….Mood” is a pretty universal feeling, and also the name of Dublin-based Jafaris’ 2020 EP. The hip hop artist is selling face masks and jumpers emblazoned with the EP title, as well as vinyl of his celebrated debut album STRIDE.


If you haven’t listened to JyellowL’s stellar debut album 2020 D|Vision, now’s your chance to pick up a copy of the record on vinyl. The rapper also has face masks and prints of the atmospheric album cover art on the go. 


“Ghost a post-punk boy today” are words to live by, which is why M(h)aol put this timeless mantra on a tote for you to purchase. 

Problem Patterns

Belfast four-piece Problem Patterns are selling their 20-page zine Good For You, Aren’t You Late?, as well as a “Big Shouty” bundle of a cute t-shirt and the titular digital track. 


Pop-funk group Toshín are a joy to behold and to rep in the t-shirts they’re offering today. The Dublin band are also selling tote bags with “Get Your Life” written on them.