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‘You said I must eat so many lemons because I am so bitter, I said I’d rather be with your friends’ mates ‘cause they are much fitter.’

Ring a bell? This has got to be one of my favourite lines. Kate Nash landed a number one record in 2007 with ‘Foundations’.

Kate Nash proved to be a role model for modern feminists, articulating women’s issues in modern society in her songs. Needless to say that I was a big fan of her back in 2007 and have followed her career over the years.

Given recent events, Kate Nash came to Manchester and played a charity gig at Jimmy’s NQ which happens to be down the street from me. Scrolling through my twitter feed on the bank holiday Sunday, the MEN tweeted about the charity gig and mentioned Kate Nash being in the NQ handing out free hugs at ‘Vintage Cow’.

A couple of my friends and I made our way to Jimmy’s, donated a couple quid for the charity fund and waited in the tiny room downstairs. And when I say waited, I mean we literally stood right in front of the teeny-tiny stage.

I always thought, the older you get, the less you care about meeting musicians you look up to. Oh boy was I wrong.

Being able to connect with people through music is incredible but getting to see them live and actually being able to communicate with them, is a completely different level.

Kate opened her 30 minute gig engaging with the audience and showed support for the victims and families, as well as all Mancunians.

Her set included songs such as ‘Foundations’, ‘Dickhead’ and ‘Mouthwash’. The crowd sang along to her biggest hits.

Unfortunately the gig ended way too soon. However, we’ve had the chance to catch up with Kate. She is an absolute babe and super down to earth. It was a pleasure meeting her. It was the perfect Sunday afternoon.

 

 

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On Tuesday February 4th 2014 the Striving Vines played a gig at Kulturclub Schon Schön. They promoted their second album ‘Obstacles’ and toured Germany and Switzerland.

So when I found out that the latest band who made my Spotify playlist – and may I add that I can’t stop listening to their second album – it was pretty obvious that I would be attending their gig in Mainz.

It seemed that I wasn’t the only one who knew about the gig. The venue was absolutely packed for a Tuesday night in Mainz. People were singing along and danced to the catchy lyrics and melodic rhythms. The Striving Vines captivated the audience with their intense stage presence. I personally feel like that 60% of the bands sound better on record as they do live. BUT the Striving Vines completely refuted that clichee. Their sound is raw , pure and honest. The musical arrangements blow your mind off and they hold an ace up their sleeve, that trumps a lot of other indie bands on the musical horizon right now – their singer Jonas. His voice is crystal clear and oh boy, he can hit some serious high notes that made me envy him – just a little bit. In a nutshell, his voice is immaculate. They’re great musicians who know how to turn their emotions and experiences into trendy music that captivates people. I kept asking myself ‘What makes the Striving Vines so special? Why do you keep falling in love with them tune after tune?’ and then it hit me. Besides the obvious – wicked tunes, musical arrangements etc. – they ‘click’ on and off stage. The way they interact with each other on stage gives you the feeling that a) they really love what they’re doing and b) harmonise well together.

After the gig my friend Tina and I sat down with Jonas, had a couple of drinks and chatted to the lead singer.

Jonas – lead singer and keyboard player – told me that the band met back in 2009 in Aarhus at a music café. Michael, Jakob and Jens studied music together and performed at the same café as Jonas. After the gig they started chatting about music and that pretty much was the beginning of the Striving Vines. Shortly after their first encounter they got together, jammed and got a few tunes together and the rest is history.

The lads are lovely, although we mainly got to spend time with Jonas.

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For all of you out there who have never heard of them: Do yourself a favour and look them up, you are definitely missing out and for the rest of you, are you already as excited as I am for their 3rd album???

Love Nins xxx