Monday, 18 June 2012

Kate Nash - Under-Estimate the Girl


Although I can't stand most music journalists and music magazines/blogs, I've decided that I want to start writing a bit more about the music I enjoy. I don't want to sit and write about music that I hate, because I've never understood why anybody would. I have no passion for the music that I don't like, so I just ignore it.

Over the past two or three years, I have really fallen back in love with pop music. From the age of fourteen to sixteen, I was obsessed with the way that my music taste made me look. I was constantly on the internet trying to find out about new bands that no-one else had heard of, or forcing myself to listen to bands which I really didn't like because I thought it would make me stand out and look cool. Whilst I was doing this, I didn't enjoy music at all. I even began to distance myself from my favourite band of all time, because I didn't think they were considered cool enough. By the age of seventeen, I realised that this ideology was completely and utterly ridiculous, and I began listening to pop music again. I have favourite bands from all different kinds of genres, and I have absolutely no shame whatsoever in that. Anyway, the point of all this is that one of the artists that made me start to enjoy listening to Radio One and watching the music channels again was Kate Nash.

Kate Nash's debut 'Made of Bricks' came out in 2007 and enjoyed much commercial success. I was fourteen when that album came out; the perfect age to enjoy it. Particular favourites of mine are 'Nicest Thing' and 'We Get On'. 'Made of Bricks' expressed exactly what it was like to be a British teenage girl like no album ever had for me. Tales of going to arty-farty parties and seeing the boy you liked kissing another girl, and sitting with your friends getting drunk and whinging about your boyfriend. All the things that seem to matter more than anything in the world when you're in your mid to late teens.

What I love about 'Under-Estimate the Girl' is how unexpected it is. I won't lie, the screaming is a tad too much for me, but I really love the rest of it. We live in a society where morons that are influenced by Oasis and The Stone Roses constantly whinge about 'the state of music' and complain that pop musicians push no boundaries; yet Kate Nash (who most know as a pop musician) comes out with a punk record as good as this one and people complain more than ever? Unfortunately, it seems that it's the artist that matters these days, and not how good the song is. If Courtney Love, Comet Gain or Huggy Bear had released this song, it would have been heaped with praise. However, because it's the North London girl who used to sing about soup and mouthwash, it just can't seem to be accepted that she's written a really great punk song. And I don't think Nash being punk is anything particularly new either, I think she's always had some pretty punk ethics. She never felt the need to cover up her strong accent, and she never felt like she had to use stupid metaphors or any of that bollocks. She has always just told it exactly how it is, and for me that's what punk is all about. It isn't about wearing leather jackets or only using three chords, it's just about doing what you want and not being bothered about what any other fucker thinks, and I think that's exactly what this new song does.

I think Kate Nash has been really fucking brave to release this new song, and she's got more balls than any of the journalists and musicians that will no doubt slate this record. Good on her.