Kate Nash topped the U.K. charts in 2007 with a mix of soft acoustic ballads and foul-mouthed tales about "dickhead" lovers. Now the 22-year-old is back with her second album (not yet titled) -- and she's got a new sound to match that mouth of hers.
Nash just posted the album's first leak, "I Just Love You More," to her blog, and it's a gritty, full-on wall-o-punk. The feisty Brit chants, "I just love you more / I just love you more than anything," over and over in a breathy fervor, drawing out the syllables over crunchy electric guitars. Then she lets loose a bloody-murder squeal: "I love you / I love you / I love you / I love you!"
"I Just Love You More" has a hint of the girl group vibe found in the four tracks SPIN previewed from Nash's upcoming album, out in the U.K. April 19 (and presumably dropping stateside April 20). But here, with the help of ex-Suede guitarist-cum-producer Bernard Butler, she folds it into a dark punk wallop -- a little like the Raveonettes do.
"I really thought about music different this time," Nash tells SPIN. "60s girl groups, Riot grrrl rock, and punk... [all] influenced me. So, my influences have changed... definitely."
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