Pledge drive helps Kate Nash release her third album “Girl Talk”
By Jeff Elbel For Sun-Times Media October 30, 2013 5:50PM
Kate Nash | PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER DADEY
Updated: October 31, 2013 2:54PM
Though comparisons have been made between Kate Nash and Lily Allen, their Web marketing savvy and London roots show more in common than their musical trajectories. Now supporting her third full-length album “Girl Talk,” Nash has left her MySpace origins behind and forged an audacious style. For starters, Allen never approached the primal, punk-pop snarl of Nash’s current single “Fri-End?” The song overflows with youthful indignation at betrayed trust, and is intensely personal. The latter trait is the constant uniting Nash’s catalog.
Nash broke out in 2007 with the devilishly pointed “Foundation,” which venomously spat the details of a toxic relationship. Nash has made a point of celebrating girl power and supporting efforts to embolden young women, but fans of both genders connected with Nash’s unvarnished glee at making her soon-to-be-jilted lover squirm.
“Mouthwash” from debut album “Made of Bricks” was more reflective. Delivered in Nash’s thick English accent, the uptempo song looked inward and found self-empowerment.
Nash coupled that personal strength with the leverage of her fan base when raising funds via PledgeMusic to self-release “Girl Talk” this year. The album knocks the cleaner pop edges from “Made of Bricks” and the girl group vocals of songs like “Do-Wah-Do” from sophomore effort “My Best Friend is You.” The results hearken back to the Riot Grrrl sound of the mid-’90s. The move was heralded by a brash 2012 single daring anyone to “Under-Estimate the Girl.”
A fuzz-bass hook joins a lo-fi surf-rock chorus during “OHMYGOD!” while Nash sings about traveling and missing a lover left behind. The jagged romp “3 A.M.” recalls the bite of “Never Say Never” by female-fronted L.A. rockers That Dog.
Despite gaps between albums, Nash has kept a hectic pace. She played bass with punk rockers The Receders, worked with the Featured Artists Coalition lobby, raised support for homeless children and launched an after-school musical program for teenage girls. Nash has also mentored other rising acts including Supercute and Brigitte Aphrodite. Clearly, she is not to be “under-estimated.”
♦ Kate Nash, with guests La Sera and Skating Polly, 8 p.m., Nov.1, Metro, 3730 N. Clark. $21 (ages 18+over). (773) 549-4140; metrochicago.com. SPOTIFY playlist: http://spoti.fi/1h8zgG9