She’s a brick house

Though Kate Nash’s camp tried to talk her out of naming her debut album Made of Bricks (Polydor, 2008), she couldn’t be swayed. And if the dizzying selection of sometimes-bubbly, sometimes-biting songs on the album is anything to go by, Nash sticks to her guns—no matter how bad an idea those guns may represent.

Potty-mouthed, and proud of it: British pop-rocker Kate Nash has turned her bad attitude and knack for songwriting into a internationally successful career.

The 20-year-old London-born singer/songwriter wears her bangs in her eyes, dated her guitar teacher, and writes tunes about love, friendship and family, all with a Lily Allen-approved twist.

“You’ve gone and got sick on my trainers/ I only got these yesterday,” she sings on her hit, “Foundations.” And then there’s “D*ckhead,” which managed to repeat said insult half-a-dozen times per chorus.

Nash is a potty-mouthed, loud-dress-wearing best friend and worst enemy rolled into one. Yet, with fellow Brit stars Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty turning bad attitudes into criminal records, there’s something about Nash’s benign silliness that seems fresh—even innocent. And, with plenty of humorous confessionals, upbeat hooks and enough sass to please any inner child, Bricks >is deserving of hit status.


who: Kate Nash
what: Saucy, witty pop
where: The Orange Peel
when: Wednesday, April 16 (9 p.m., $15 advance, $17 doors. 225-5851)

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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