It's the fantastic Miss Kate Nash above, gracing the pages of this space once again in live form. There's a few things you can count on a consistent basis here -- coverage of UK music, making fun of popular bands and live reviews on acts that never fail to deliver. Obviously, The Nash is one of the handful of people you can expect a great time. Even though she said her voice was crapping out, she again put together a high-energy show. In fact, she's never been more animated and loose.
Thus, I had to travel down to Philly to see her play the small confines of Johnny Brenda's, when she could have easily sold out the larger spaces. She's promoting her third album, Girl Talk, which marks a transition for the UK songstress. She's on full-in riot grrrl mode. This is the first time she's touring without a piano nearby or guys in her backing band.
- Part Heart
- Death Proof
- All Talk
- Kiss That Grrrl
- I'm A Feminist, You're Still A Whore
- Mermaid Blue
- Free My Pussy
- Don't You Want to Share the Guilt
- Rap for Rejection
- You're So Cool
- Encore: We Get On
Here's put some perspective on Kate. Let me show you a picture of her when I first saw her in September 2007 at Luna Lounge (which is now Knitting Factory Brooklyn). This is back in the "Caroline's A Victim" days.
And look at her now:
Striking difference, aye? It's probably why I've attached to her as an artist, she's not satisfied with doing the same thing. She wants to do different sounds and styles. More importantly, she's calling the shots. Girl Talk is her first album on the great UK indie label, Fortuna Pop, after two albums with Geffen/Fiction. Thus, she can do a more rocking sound without having to deal with record execs thinking about demographics. When she talked about her song inspired by Pussy Riot, "Free My Pussy", she stated that the song is more about being a general oppression from friends, family, ex-boyfriends and record excutives.
The new album has a few choice cuts that draw inspiration from Bikini Kill, The Slits and any number of the female-fronted punk bands. You got the B-movies, motorcycle gang riffs on Death Proof, All Talk, Cherry Pickin and Sister. All Talk and Death Proof were cracking live, with Kate belting out the rock vocals and slamming on her bass. As you can see on the setlist, she played a few fan favorites where everyone can sing along -- from the young girls to the creepy old guys (present company included). It's great that after three albums she's got a great body of work to choose from for her setlists.
This is my EIGHTH time seeing her live since 2007. Damn. Like I said, for me, there are a few bands I always come back to every album -- Doves, New Pornographers, Black Angels and Nash. I enjoy the familiarity and I can expect a few surprises and rediscoveries. With this show, I was never much of a fan of Mariella, but she had fun with it. Before, she would play it was seriously. This time, she was doing some exaggerated poses, playing around with the lyrics and encouraging the crowd to sing with her.
Like with previous shows, Kate get lots of random shouts from the crowd. My favorite was a Bowery show where somebody yells, "Get on with it, you bitch." With this show, somebody from the balcony screams between songs, "Nobody is dancing, it's my birthday." I think about doing this for 6-7 years, Kate just rolls with it, cracks a few jokes and goofs around with her band and her proteges in Supercute!
Last note, to bring this full circle, similar to when Kate stopped by for an interview for my 2,000th post, Sunday marked my 8th anniversary of MusicSnobbery.com. Fucking hell. What the hell happened? Eight years of blogging. The popular blogs have been sold, others faded away because nobody wants to write more than 140 characters or something. In any event, I'm still here, spreading the good snobbery word. If I make it 10 years I should be committed.