Lately, one of my favorite things to do is to watch these two Kate Nash music videos successively. Try it out.
Whoa. What did you just witness!? In five years, Kate Nash has gone from a witty, pop-singing, vintage-dress-wearing ginger to a punk-rock, feminist, boot-brandishing riot grrrl, and I can’t decide which one I like better.
(Well, to keep things straight, she’s still witty and she’s always been a feminist.)
After the release of “Under-estimate the Girl,” fans have been calling for the “old Kate” back. As of today, the YouTube video has 1,806 likes and 1,623 dislikes – almost half and half. But she’s not going back to her previous style to please the crowd. “If I was still the same person I was when I was 16 that would be fucking shit!” she writes in her Tumblr.
I’m extremely proud of the work I have done on both of my albums before now. Made of Bricks and My Best Friend Is You. In my mind they are sort of musical time capsules of how I was feeling at that time in my life and they were the songs that I wanted to write and the stories I wanted to tell. But just to let you all know, I will never make those albums ever again.
I, for one, don’t want to the “old Kate” back. As she says, why would you want to re-create something when you could make new, fresh things and push boundaries? I appreciate what she did in the past, but it’s been inspiring to watch her find new interests, new grooves, new talents (love her bass-playing) and new things to stand for.
Another thing to love: In her Tumblr series “Be Yourself You Fabulous Stain,” Nash posts demos her fans send her. “This is to encourage more people to write their own music and be themselves,” she writes.
Nash is in the middle of a U.K. tour and is expected to release a third album later this year. Listen to “Under-estimate the Girl” and download it below.