Kate Nash + Riot Grrrl = ?

Kate Nash is back, with a little more attitude than before.  The first single, “Do Wah Doo”, from new album My Best Friend is You was released on Monday, and while it doesn’t depart too much from the whimsical storytelling songs of Made of Bricks, reports have it that the rest of the album is a little different.

While the NME have been fairly positive towards her new endeavours, the latest issue of Q magazine gave her only 2 stars, stating that the album, which is released on Friday, is “shocking, ridiculous – like finding your dad masturbating in the shower.”  Uh, what?  Are we talking about the same girl who used to sing about having a family and drinking cups of tea?  Apparently so, except now her lyrics contain lines such as: “I wanna be fucked and then rolled over/Cos I’m an independant woman of the 21st century.”

I’m yet to hear anything from the album, aside from the single and the bizarre free download from her website, so I can’t comment on these reports, but as a keen fan of Made of Bricks, I am quite interested to see what direction this album takes.  So far I’ve read comparisons to both Bikini Kill and Billy Bragg – a far cry from the Lily Allen comments that were all over reviews for the first album.

Want to know what Kate has to say for herself?  She’s written a guest blog entry for NME about the juxtaposing combination of the pop and riot grrrl genres.  Otherwise, you’ll just have to wait til Friday and buy the album.  [I’m tempted to get the single, too, because the b-side is a cover by Ryan Jarman, and he is hilarious.  And a good musician, too.  But seriously funny.  And I don’t think he means to be].



  • 10 years ago

    Will definitely be interesting to hear the rest of the album!

    I do like this single though, and the video is pretty darn cute. New albums are always a bitch though- sometimes too much of the same is boring, but too much change can be hard to adjust to. I guess in this case, it’s been a good few years, so it’s not all that surprising that she’s creating something a bit different.

    Anyway, lovely post! Am quite excited for more Kate, and also interested in hearing her boyfriend’s contributions on the b-side!

  • 10 years ago

    I agree – this single is adorable; just the kind of indie twee that made me like her in the first place. I am a little scared, though, of just what this new riot grrrl phase means for her music. Bikini Kill were amazing, but I’d never expect Kate Nash to be listing them as one of her influences.

    Different is good, but exactly how different has she decided to be? And is she still going to sing about eating so many lemons because she is so bitt-ah?

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