In The Spotlight: Cherryshoes

From the small Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye comes a huge sound that is rarely heard across the UK. The 6 piece band is lead by singer-songwriter LJ Nova who first draws you in with deeply haunting and hypnotic vocals reminiscent of Grimes early 2011/2012 releases, like Vanessa. You will be left wanting more! And with a quick search on Google, her heterogeneous music video collection has you engulfed once again, glued to your screen. Such unique track and music video couplings sets LJ Nova and than band a part from most Psych-Pop artists around today, capturing the eyes and ears of festival organisers all over the UK as well as huge appraisal from BBC Introducing DJs Adam Walton & Andrew Marston, comparing her to the likes of Stevie Nicks had she recorded on 4AD records. Cherryshoes should definitely be on your watch list as one of the rising stars in 2017. Here’s the ATA interview with LJ.


For the people who don’t know you, tell us a little about Cherryshoes.

Cherryshoes is based in Hay-on-Wye. So far appearing at various festivals around the country including Latitude and T in the Park. We’ve been played on Radio 1 and 6Music, as well as other internet radio stations around the world. For the people who don’t know Cherryshose my description may not be the most accurate. I will cross a road if someone looks like there about to ask for directions because I’m terrible at explaining things. So have a look and see what you think.


Tell our readers in three words what your sound is.

Mountainous. Rhythm. Desert


Have you any exciting gigs or releases in the pipelines?

We have just released Ride On and Justice, now available on (iTunes and Amazon ) next track to be released within the next month so keep an eye out!  Our next confirmed gig is at the theatr brycheiniog in Brecon, Wales supporting Liverpool-based band Joe Symes and the Loving Kind. Always adding new gig dates, secret Tracks and Vid’z to the web page, Fb and Twitter.


Being from such a small town on the Welsh borders, Hay on Wye, tell us how such a unique sound was born.

I think environment impacts most things especially creativity, it’s something you can’t escape. I think that’s the magic of it.


Your creativity isn’t only shown in your dynamic tracks but also in your music video production. Do you make them yourself or are there other genius’ in your friend’s roster.

Thank you, We make them.



It’s hard to only highlight the one song as our favourite but if we had to choose, we’d have to say Rockstar, it has such a beautifully harrowing sound, how did this track come about?

Thank you, I wrote and recorded Rock star at about 5 in the morning a few years ago, I remember listening to the birds out my window and thinking God I have to go to work in 2 hours and its day light already! I was using Garage-band at the time and I didn’t have a mic so I used the built in mic on my lap top, that’s why you can hear the click track at the end.


You recently released I am seen, again with a mesmerising video where we effectively watch your video on a TV in a retro room. Are there any deeper meanings to the video and track coupling?

Yes there is but I’d say its up to interpretation.


Three tracks or artists who influence your music and how.

Too many brilliant Artists to pin it down!


What would the title of a book about your artists journey be called?

Driving Down The High Way


Do you have any pre-gig rituals e.g. drinks, ‘moments of self realisation’, group high fives….

I do deep breathing techniques; I should really be doing vocal things everyone else has a drink.


When can we expect your next video release?

In the next 3 weeks.


If you were stuck on a desert island and only had three items to take with you, what would it be?

An aeroplane, a boat and a submarine.