INTERVIEW

When she was (ahem) young, Kate Nash’s mum used to pump her daughter full of Janis Joplin, Carole King and Irish folk music on long car journeys. It’s no wonder then that the now 19 year old was never too bothered about being a musician, but rather fancied trying her hand at acting. Luckily, Hollyoaks’ […]

When she was (ahem) young, Kate Nash’s mum used to pump her daughter full of Janis Joplin, Carole King and Irish folk music on long car journeys. It’s no wonder then that the now 19 year old was never too bothered about being a musician, but rather fancied trying her hand at acting. Luckily, Hollyoaks’ loss is our gain.

This month sees London born Nash release her debut single, ‘Caroline’s A Victim’; a clear as day, scuzzed up techno panic that pummels with monotony like an industrial hammer. It’s relentless in fact as a monster synth parps over the top of an offbeat robo drum machine. So why is everyone so obsessed with labelling Nash ‘the new Lily Allen’?

Well, you’d need to turn your attention away from her new single to be given a clue; away from Kate’s one off stab at indie electronica and toward her more practised art of simple folk piano/guitar acoustics.

Like Ms Allen, Nash likes to write in bold type; filling her songs with everyday language, without hidden agendas. “What you being a dickhead for?/Stop being a dickhead,” she whispers on the appropriately titled ‘Dickhead’ in a voice that is not only close to Lily Allen’s but rather a carbon copy. So yes, the gushing compliments that compare Nash to last year’s fastest rising star do certainly hold some weight. But as opposed to a calculated cash in, Nash’s music career stemmed from chance on the most unlucky (pah!) day of her life. A rejection letter from Bristol Old Vic Theatre prompted a sullen Kate Nash to watch the equally sullen Brokeback Mountain. “The same day I fell down the stairs and broke my leg,” says Nash. Housebound and down, the young actor’s parents bought her a guitar to cheer their daughter up. “I was itching to do something creative,” she says, and she did.

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