There was a moment last night at Johnny Brenda’s when British singer Kate Nash laid it all out for the crowd. “I’m living just for me and not for what you might write about my hair and body,” she grunted into the mic, during punchy new number “Oh.” It was a true rock star moment: silver lights rotating around her, her voice permeating a fog of feedback. If you had never heard of Nash before, you would have sworn she was the next Kathleen Hanna, or Karen O.: strong, actualized rockers, with powerful voices and stage presence. And you’d be right.
But for a star in the spotlight as much as Nash, a British pop idol since age 19, when she was discovered by Lily Allen via Myspace and her single “Foundations” landed at number 2 on the British charts—it’s almost impossible to consider anything about Kate without automatically being reminded of the whole history of Kate. But she isn’t letting that stop her, as “Oh” made clear.
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