Kate Nash Talks New Album 'Girl Talk' & Fashion
London singer-songwriter Kate Nash broke out big with her 2007 debut Made of Bricks, landing her at No. 1 on the UK albums chart. But six years later, Nash is 25 and a lot has changed, notably her sound. She's prepping for the March 5 release of Girl Talk, which swaps piano ballads for distorted guitars, breakneck drums and a straight up fun girl-punk sound. It's all... grrrrrrrrrrlllllllpower!
Girl Talk follows the spunkier, rockin' sounds hinted at on her last two releases, 2010's full-length studio album My Best Friend Is You and 2012's Death Proof EP. Hole, Bikini Kill and other lady-led bands from the '90s are heard all over the EP, while her witty, hyper-personal lyrics that dissect relationships and friendships remain. This, of course, means we can't wait for March.
Fuse recently sat down with Nash to chat about her upcoming album and "Death Proof," which was inspired by the Quentin Tarantino-directed film of the same name, as well as her fashion choices on tour.
"I think this is my best work," Nash says of the seriously awesome Girl Talk. "I'm super proud and it was an incredible experience." She adds that many of the demos were recorded in her rehearsal space, which is "like Wayne's World." "There's a leopard-print bar and a big dog named Peach."
Nash also explained that her 2012 single, "Death Proof," was inspired by a heart procedure. "When I was 17, they lasered off a little section of my heart. I thought it was a cool idea for a song. And explaining what's behind the song is important. I didn't want people to think that it was just a heartache song. So it's cool that it matches both things."
Nash, a fashion icon, also dishes on the wardrobe choices on tour: "If I want to feel tough, then I'll wear a leather jacket," she says. "You make fashion work for you, instead of working for fashion, then it becomes a fun thing ... it can give you more confidence. I've accepted that there are certain styles of clothing that I just can't wear, that just don't fit my shape."
Watch the full interview above for more on Girl Talk, "Death Proof" and her love-hate relationship with Twitter. Also, Nash just unveiled a run of spring tour dates. Check 'em out below.
3/12, Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall)
3/13, Montreal, QC (Cabaret Mile End)
3/15, Toronto, ON (Horseshoe Tavern)
3/16, Detroit, MI (Magic Bag)
3/17, Grand Rapids, MI (Pyramid Scheme)
3/18, Chicago, IL (Empty Bottle)
3/20, Columbus, OH (Basement)
3/21, Pittsburgh, PA (Mr. Smalls)
3/23, Washington, DC (Black Cat)
3/24, Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda's)
3/26, New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)