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British pop icon Kate Nash has never been one to shy away from voicing her opinions, and on her new album ‘Girl Talk’ things are no different.

After years in the limelight since she first entered the international arena in 2006, a lot has happened to Kate. Seven years on since she released her first single, ‘Caroline's a Victim’, her childhood growing up in North London now seems a distant memory, and still only 25, she has already become an international, multi-award winning and record selling pop star. Once a MySpace phenomenon before she even had a record deal, such was the excitement about her debut album that ‘Made of Bricks’ was released two months ahead of schedule and went straight to number one.

As a passionate and knowledgeable music fan, multi-instrumentalist and keen activist, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she would have made an album such as ‘Girl Talk’, her third official LP and international release.

With powerful tracks such as ‘Death Proof’, ‘FRI-END?’, ‘Under Estimate The Girl’, and her latest single ‘3AM’, it’s clear Kate has overcome a thing or two over the years, in love, life and the music business.

Girl Talk’ is a bold, passionate and personal album. There's been a romantic break-up in her life (which she would rather not talk about) and some challenging times with girlfriends. If ‘My Best Friend Is You’ was about trust, honesty, and growing up, then ‘Girl Talk’ is about instinct, and an immediate reaction to the world around her.

Under-Estimate The Girl’ captured perfectly a moment in Kate's life. A moment when she wanted to tear up the rulebook and buck the trend for making the kind of benign manufactured pop born of the TV talent show culture. 'Everybody play, play it so safe/No one wanna mess, mess with the rules', she sang with such abandon and raw fury. The song, with its change of musical direction, immediately caused a minor furor amongst the media. Some thought, rather oddly, that she shouldn't be 'allowed' to record visceral, pissed-off punk music. The NME simply concluded that it 'out-punked punk'. “In the end the response to ‘Under-Estimate The Girl’ just showed how conservative the music industry has become.” Says Kate of her fiery return to the scene after a year writing and recording in Los Angeles.

“I've learned not to care what anyone says about the way I look or sound. I need to be outspoken. We all have a responsibility to the next generation.' Kate continues as she recalls the place she had to be in order to make this album and the confidence it took to release ‘Girl Talk’ without looking over her shoulder at the critics and bloggers all the time.

Already an accomplished piano and guitar player, she took up bass, and flew to Los Angeles to meet Grammy award-winning producer Tom Biller (Evan Dando, Karen O and the Kids, Fiona Apple). 'I can't tell you how good Tom made me feel in the studio. I've never felt that comfortable before.'

The reckless punk of ‘FRI-END’, in which Kate sings 'You said some real mean things to me', is tempered by gorgeous vocal harmonies at the end. On ‘OMyGod’ she jokes that 'All my friends are jealous of me'. The deeper, more sonorous vocals on ‘Conventional Girl’ plays with the push and pull of heartbreak: 'I gave you everything/You didn't let me in' is counterbalanced by 'I'm sick of being the bitch you think I am'. Even the fighting talk on ‘OH’ gives way to reflective lyrics that suggest tears have been shed. It's a punk pop record that captures the anger of female artists before her, embracing as it does the ghosts of Hole and Bikini Kill.

Kate says that ‘Girl Talk’ is a call to arms, a mission statement about what it's like to be a woman. 'Working with an all-girl band has been incredibly liberating as well as being brilliant fun. I really believe in women being able to be whatever they want to be. We don't have to be one-dimensional. I can be sensitive. I can be angry. I can do a song that is screaming and then add a backing vocal that is really sweet. I've never been one thing and I refuse to allow people or the music industry to try and define me otherwise.'

Girl Talk’ is out on March 5th on all digital platforms and in all good record stores across the U.S.

Pre-order 'Girl Talk' on iTunes here.

03/12 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA - SOLD OUT
03/13 - Cabaret Mile End - Montreal, QC - TICKETS
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03/28 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY - TICKETS
05/09 – The Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
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05/11 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
05/13 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – TICKETS
05/14 – Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC – TICKETS
05/15 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA – TICKETS
05/17 – Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT – TICKETS
05/18 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO – TICKETS
05/21 - the Echo - Los Angeles, CA


Kate Nash also recently became a global ambassador for the Because I Am A Girl initiative which aims to create sustainable projects in developing countries to give girls access to clean water, food, healthcare, education, and protection from violence and exploitation. Kate will be visiting various schools and villages in Ghana later this month. "I'm so happy to be a part of this campaign, it feels like the perfect charity for me to join forces with. I love empowering women and girls and being able to do this in developing countries in parts of the world is so exciting. I can't wait to help give girls the opportunities they deserve and see them realize their full potential." said Kate in response to joining forces with the organizers. Learn more about the initiative here:
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