Kate Nash releases the beast
British singer Kate Nash who had her break-through with the bittersweet break-up song Foundations has gone punk rock with her latest track
The Londoner wrote, recorded and video-ed Underestimate the Girl in 24-hour last week and released it for free on Soundcloud.
The result is an unpolished, raw track with a good helping of punk-rock attitude.
In Underestimate the Girl she is channelling the 90s riot-grrrl movement, reminiscent of bands like Hole, Sleater Kinny or Bikini Kill, and is moving away from the clever but sweet pop tracks of her first two albums.
Nash certainly isn't playing it safe with this one, and the song has been branded a 'joke' and career-suicide by some fans on the social networks.
But the outspoken singer and songwriter just felt the need to 'release the beast'.
"So the other night I was stressin' out and we'd just finished rehearsing and I was like ARGHGHHGHGH I need to write a song and release something and do something creative instead of breaking all my stuff that I own," she wrote on her blog.
"I think it's important for women to be able to make these changes, to grow, to develop, to express frustration and anger," she explains as her motivation for the track.
"A lot of the time we are put into boxes, we say one thing and society makes us feel, particularly as women, that we can't change our minds, or we can't grow and change.
"I wanted to shoot a video that looked both cute and aggressive. It's important that girls feel entitled to be pissed off, to rock out, to wear a pretty dress and still be able to scream and shout"
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