Kate Nash :: Death Proof :: New Music Review

Kate Bush :: Death Proof

Five songs that pull me back to the new wave/punk sensibilities that I spent my adolescence falling fast and hard for are what Kate Nash brings to the headphones and speakers on her new EP, Death Proof. This is good stuff, reminiscent of early music from The Go-Go’s and The Bangles, with a touch of Kim Wilde and Blondie thrown in.

This EP makes me want to hop on a time machine and travel back to the eighties, spin around in clubs in Hollywood, the kind that Randy would take Julie to in Valley Girl, with music just like this playing in them (the kind of clubs I would have haunted back then, too).

My initial favorite would be all five as I cannot seem to get enough of them all. But, if I had to choose today it would have to be I Want a Boyfriend. The song immediately reminds me of I Know What Boys Like (The Waitresses), dark and sexy in that delicious place that lies between trashy and transformative. I love very climatic build and scream at the end of the song, so very delicious.

Fri-End? takes me back to Josie Cotton and Bow Wow Wow, with the jangly, surf punk sounds and the evolved 50’s girl band style, delivered with a punch of attitude and sexuality.

Kate’s cover of The Kinks All Day and All of the Night is so seductive that it makes me shiver when I listen to it. This is the song to take someone home to, the lights out, the room cool, but the temperature rising high, regardless. This is a deliciously gritty cover that you cannot help but want to get dirty to.

The title song, Death Proof, is an intentional nod to Quentin Tarantino’s film of the same name. If it were possible I would it should transport backwards and be slipped into the film itself as it screams everything about his cinematic visions, for that film, especially.

This EP is meant as a teaser (oh how appropriate) for Kate Nash’s upcoming full-length album, Girl Talk, which I will now be breathlessly counting the days for, if Death Proof is truly a peek at what’s to come. Kate’s new direction in musical sound is fantastic and addictive, and I am enjoying it very much and quite a lot.

More. Please. Soon.

Death Proof :: Kate Nash

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