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Kate Nash – Becks Live, Barfly Camden

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When you think of Kate Nash, you may conjure up images of a young, innocent, red headed, indie-folk-pop tunesmith. Well tonight, she is as far removed from that girl that broke onto the scene in 2007 as can be. On the back of her latest album release in March, ‘Girl Talk‘ and after a mega three months relentless touring around the world, Kate Nash comes home to a venue that was synonymous in starting her career. There’s a great crowd turnout at The Barfly, Camden for a Tuesday, considering Kate Nash has gone off the mainstream radar for some time in the UK. A majority of young stylish females with a scattering of male participation are all here for FREE courtesy of Becks Live, an eclectic run of gigs put together to showcase emerging new talent, alongside more experienced well known artists across the UK.

This will obviously work when you’re picking emerging acts like Lets Buy Happiness. The band command the stage like they’re well experienced. The welcome wall of sound they create, emerses the packed room and the build-up outro for their last song (anyone know the track name), has truly fired things up for Kate Nash’s arrival.

An impressive array of video projections sprays the wall as a backdrop to the stage throughout the set, captivating the audience’s attention and adding an extra dimension to the music. Any hopes of seeing the old Kate Nash would have been rapidly extinguished with blistering tracks like “Sister” a truly impressive live song, that explodes in this intimate setting and “I don’t have time to die” with its punk like vocals, Kate has grown up and now cuts the shape of a strong confident punk chick! She looks at home, at one with the iconic large white bass guitar that has no doubt played a big part in the writing of the new album. She playfully interacts with her dedicated fans between songs, including joining them in the crowd at one point in a kind of understated stage dive.

Older songs still have a part to play, if a litle rocked up – “Do Wha Doo” is introduced with a challenge “Are you ready to have some fun London? C’mon I know you better than that, I’ve known you almost 26 years” launching into the catchy pop ballad more reminiscent of Nash’s youthful song writing. A cry from the crowd for ‘Foundations‘ is met with a jovial but nonetheless adamant retort of “I’m in charge here‘. Speaking to TGR before the gig, she told us she loves audience participation at her shows and nothing says that more, than tonight’s mini stage invasion.

Kate Nash has received huge criticism for changing direction and leaving behind the musical roots that first broke her and won her the Brit Award back in 2007/08 – She has however, stayed strong and true to herself in producing the music she wants to be heard and the old stuff is still there, just in a slightly different guise.

New album Girl Talk is a purge of all her pent up frustrations and feelings and transforms brilliantly to the live shows. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect that.

Interview to follow shortly – Kate Nash was talking to The Gig Review at BarFly in Camden ahead of headlining Beck’s Live, a series of gigs aimed at supporting emerging music talent. For more information and tickets to Beck’s Live go to facebook.com/becksvier.

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