NEW YORK — Friday night’s [artist id=”2446216″]Kate Nash[/artist] concert at Terminal 5 in New York City began with an indoor thunderstorm.
Colorful curtains blew around at the back of the stage, and music could be faintly heard playing behind the rumble. As the thunder grew louder, lightening strobe lights covered the room and the star of the night, Nash, ran onstage with her band. Guitar in hand, Nash ignited her show with “I Just Love You More,” from her latest album, My Best Friend Is You. Judging by the deafening volume of the crowd’s screaming, there seemed to be a competition throughout the evening of who loved who more: Nash or her cheerful fans.
Keeping it classy in a shiny, blue short skirt over a tight, black bodysuit, Nash still managed to suffer from the pop star’s recurring issue of wardrobe malfunction, leaving the stage three times to fix it up.
“This is making me feel like Britney Spears!” Nash blushed after returning to the stage in a black and white replacement dress.
In her highly energetic 90-minute set, Nash managed to balance music from My Best Friend with her successful debut album, Made of Bricks. She also managed to balance the various moods that her music tends to explore. In “Kiss That Grrrl,” she growled a warning for her guy to keep his eyes on her. She introduced her “Skeleton Song” by advising, “You don’t have to be hungry to be happy!” In “R n B Side” she taught the mostly American crowd her favorite naughty British word that rhymes with “tanker.”
Shifting between her keyboard (which was literally covered in light bulbs) and her guitar stand, Nash demonstrated her multiple musical abilities. She brought out a new dimension when she began to passionately rattle off the intense poem about self image, “Mansion Song.”
Despite the dominantly darker context of Nash’s music, the hypnotized crowd’s energy did not falter for a single moment.
“Are you afraid of a woman with an opinion?” she asked her crowd skeptically, ” ’Cause I’m not!”
She finished off with her biggest hits, “Foundations” and “Merry Happy,” both about collapsing relationships. She succeeded in making her New York fans “Merry Happy,” as they cheered her out for an encore performance of “Pumpkin Soup.” She finished the song by jumping atop her keyboard and stomping on its keys, still managing to make it sound in tune.
New Yorker Maryann Conigliaro smiled as she summed up the rather multidimensional show: “She was very cute and she was very angry.”