Brooklyn’s So So Glos – a band who live in their own, self-built venue – describe themselves as the world’s best bar band, and whereas delusional musicians usually throw in words like “groundbreaking”
and “daring”, the quintet have actually got themselves spot on.
Every note of their debut UK release feels
like it’s come direct from a sticky bar floor, been soaked in beer and hurled into the street by a bouncer.
Thing is, the bands that tend to do well in bars are cover bands, and so it proves with ‘Tourism/Terrorism’.
Every sound is borrowed, whether it’s from The Smiths on ‘My Block’,
The Clash on ‘Execution’ or classic Beatles on ‘Isn’t It A Shame’.
Doubtless that if you’d consumed your body weight in lager and just want to hear some
standards then you’ll probably love So So Glos, but even the most hardened drinkers can’t be drunk all time.
At any one time there’s just six of us (including Natasha) present – no stylists, makeup artists, life gurus or swarms of assistants and assistants to the assistants.
“I much prefer it like this,” she says. “It’s a lot more relaxed and personal; I
don’t like it when there’s hundreds of people running around.”
Although I now doubt it, she could have been being polite. Either way, all six of us (excluding, perhaps, her press officer and Natasha herself)
have our Natasha Khan crushes confirmed. Apart from looking like she does, her hushed speaking voice is as alluring as you might hope it to
She’s not shy but quietly confident, rather angelic and completely magnetic. Somehow she’s also totally normal; the famous singer who insists her
job doesn’t prevent her from
“going down to Waitrose in my slippers or walking around town without makeup on.”
Her calm, self-assured confidence isn’t a result of the Mercury-nominated ‘Two Suns’, but rather a reason for the album’s success.
She did, after all, write and record it behind doors closed to even
her record label.
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