Words: Ellie Ward
The always interesting, slightly quirky London DIY duo Cherryade are back with another release - this time a double dollop.
Following their EP ‘Sinking Ship’ earlier this year, the new tracks were written and recorded during COVID lockdown, new AA-single ‘Only Fan’ / ‘Sick!’ is part of their upcoming self-produced mixtape set for release later this year.
The alt-pop pair, Alex and Ella, worked remotely with mix engineer Alan Emptage on the project, which explores an array of emotions and themes faced during isolation, ranging from mental health and sex, to politics and social media.
The gritty and infectious three and a half-minute ‘Only Fan’ explores sexuality, referencing rising platform OnlyFans.
“For us, this is a fun song about owning your own sexuality and empowering yourself," states Ella. "We wanted to flip the narrative on J Lo’s ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’, because sometimes we deserve nice things we can’t afford ourselves."
Alex continues: "OnlyFans is such a controversial topic, but if people are using it to empower themselves, and sex workers have safer environments then to us it’s a really positive thing. Maybe we should sign up to pay for the next mixtape."