Don’t underestimate the girl
It’s been 12 years since Harrow’s very own Kate Nash bounded onto the scene with her smash hit ‘Foundations’. Since then, the singer/songwriter has released four albums, claimed a UK number 1 and scooped a BRIT Award – all the while evolving into the grunge goddess that we know and love today. Below we take a look her journey leading up to her mainstage appearance at Standon Calling 2019.
Building the foundations
After graduating from the illustrious BRIT School, Nash initially pursued a career in acting but was unsuccessful in auditioning for drama collage. She then broke her foot and whilst bedbound decided to upload some of her tunes onto MySpace. The songs generated mass interest and legendary indie label Moshi Moshi Records signed her in a matter of months. She went on to release single ‘Caroline’s a Victim/Birds’ in February 2007.
After building up a loyal following, Nash signed to a major label in April 2007 and released her debut album ‘Made of Bricks’ later that year. The first single, ‘Foundations’, proved to be a huge success as it rocketed up the charts to number 2 and saw her popularity surge. The Londoner then went on to clinch the BRIT Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2008 while ‘Made of Bricks’ became a number 1 album in the U.K. A worldwide tour followed, as singles ‘Mouthwash’ and ‘Pumpkin Soup’ were released – with both breaking the U.K. Top 40.
Nash followed up her debut with sophomore effort ‘My Best Friend is You’ in 2010 – releasing the Motown inspired ‘Do-Wah-Doo’ as the first single from the album. The record was seen as a “considerable step up from its predecessor” by The Irish Times, as Nash introduced indie undertones and a 60’s influence to her signature sound. The album charted strongly in the U.K. at number 8 and also featured on the US Billboard 200.
A punk mentality
A few years after her second album Nash returned with a vengeance, releasing the snotty, angular cut ‘Under-estimate the Girl’ in 2012. It was a stark change of direction for the singer – one that saw her label drop her as a result of her new punk aesthetic and sound. She decided to form her own label ‘Have 10p Records’ and crowdfunded the release of the garage-rock third album, ‘Girl Talk’. With lyricism covering female empowerment and feminism on tracks like ‘3AM’ and ‘Fri-end’, Nash caught the attention of critics and new fans alike, with NME noting that “Kate Nash is back and she has things to say”.
“So British, So Simple, So Good”
After touring extensively to mark the tenth Anniversary of ‘Made in Bricks’ in 2017, Nash released her first album in 5 years with the fan funded ‘Yesterday Was Forever’ in 2018. The album saw Kate tone down the guitar driven anthems found on ‘Girl Talk’, but retain her undeniable lyrical wit and talent for carving out gigantic choruses – most notably seen on ‘My Little Alien’ and ‘Call Me’. The album was a triumph, with Drowned in Sound saying that “it’s so British, it’s so simple and it’s just so good” – with its commentary on mental health being a particular highlight.
TIME TO GLOW
Nash also fulfilled her dreams of becoming an actress as she hit our screens in 2017 in her starring role as Rhonda “Britannica” Richardson in the critically acclaimed women’s wrestling comedy show GLOW on Netflix – joining a cast including Marc Maron and Alison Brie. Alongside this, she also released Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl in 2018 – a documentary that conveys the struggle of existing as an independent artist in the music industry.
Ultimately, Nash looks to have continued the trend of producing pop gems with her most recent effort, the grungy ‘Trash’, which was released earlier this year. The chorus alone is enough of an incentive to watch her dynamic live show this summer at Standon.
We can’t wait for Kate!
Make sure your catch Kate at Standon Calling 2019!