Review: Kate Nash at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Kate Nash performs at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea. Picture: gigshot.com
Kate Nash performs at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea. Picture: gigshot.com
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Kate Nash used to be a safe pair of hands for any record company’s sales target, but since deciding to steer away from the corporate ethos, she’s got a lot more exciting.

Having released her third album, Girl Talk, on a relatively small crowd-funded budget, she brought her new punkier image and her all-girl band to a sold out Wedgewood Rooms on Tuesday.

Scrolling through her Facebook ‘likes’ the first two bands I found were Violent Femmes and Buzzcocks; now there’s a sign that Kate is headed down an alternative path. The show reinforced this view and then some.

Switching between bass and lead guitar, she sung, shrieked and bounced her way through a raucous set with even big 2007 hit Foundations being delivered with a snarl and a low slung guitar at her waist.

Since being dropped from her previous label she may have lower sales and play smaller venues but, in my eyes, the new Kate Nash has significantly higher credibility.