Blast. This is good. Better still, this wondrous sound is being made by Charlotte Hatherley, formerly of Ash. She actually left Ash in 2006, which is quite a while ago and makes me feel quite old. Since, she’s released three solo albums and strummed along with the likes of Bats For Lashes and KT Tunstall.
For no other reason than bone idleness, I’ve not given solo Hath my full attention. Which is very remiss as she knows a decent tune when she hears one. Stuff like ‘Bastardo’ and ‘Kim Wilde’ are excellent la-la-la pop. The video for ‘Bastardo’ in particular is time well spent. Charl is nothing if not well connected. The video is directed by her ex-boyf Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and the supremely daft Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, etc) and stars David Walliams and Simon Pegg among others.
I interviewed Ash on a number of occasions and we did some bonkers online stuff when I was at NME.COM. Must try dig it out, it really was quite special considering it was back in 2000/2001. Exclusive footage uploaded daily, live tracks, interactive competitions. Lovely people to a man and woman you won’t be unsurprised to hear. And unusually, so was the entire team behind them. Every one of them, lovely.
My most interesting Charlotte fact gleaned from the olden days is that she has two older sisters. Bea, who played in Warm Jets among others, was the middle sister, the name of the oldest sister escapes me, but it began with A. For some reason I think it’s Amy. Their parents, see, named them in alphabetical order. I do like that.
So anyway, the new stuff. Aw, I don’t need to tell you about it. You can hear it for yourself and make your own mind up, right?
- There is a website.
- And you can grab a free download of the single ‘Hook You Up’ just for liking the FB page.