How sweet Kate Nash has out-punked punk
These days Kate Nash is dressing more like a burlesque star than the girl-next- door who sang about her boyfriend being sick on her trainers.
She looks like Dita Von Teese on the cover of her new EP Death Proof and has replaced her piano with a bass guitar for her third studio album Girl Talk.
Kate has kissed goodbye to disco days and embraced punk in the past year while fans are lapping it up ahead of her new UK tour, which will include a date in Hull.
Her change of musical direction. caused a minor furore Some critics said she should not record visceral punk.
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But The NME favourite concluded that her new music "out-punked punk".
Kate said: "Everyone was going crazy and I thought it was great.
"It created the perfect storm for my comeback.
"Everyone was talking about me because I'd done something new and crazy and different.
"The response to my song Underestimate The Girl just showed how conservative the music industry is."
With her first two albums, Made Of Bricks and My Best Friend Is You, she found both mainstream success, picked up prestigious awards and grew a legion of female fans who snapped her up as their post-punk feminist icon.
She had hoped that the music industry was slowly becoming less sexist.
It has been seven years since Kate released her first single – Caroline's A Victim. Still only 25, she is already a veteran pop star and was a MySpace phenomenon before she even had a record deal.
But she still feels that, despite the emergence of artists such as Lady Gaga and Adele, the world of music is dominated by men.
She said: "There remains a huge gender gap in the music industry.
"It's impossible to deny it and I'm sick of sitting around moaning about it.
"I don't want to talk about sexism, I want to fight it."
Kate says that Girl Talk is a mission statement about what being a woman.
She has described working with an all-girl band as "incredibly liberating" and "brilliant fun."
Kate has also been hanging out in LA, writing for Will Smith's daughter Willow and working on two new films.
She said: "I can look sweet and cute and talk about fashion and make-up, but I'm still smart.
"Don't ever underestimate this girl."
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