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].