of the best albums released this year is Ashs mad axewoman Charlotte
Hatherleys upbeat, poppy-but-rocky solo debut album Grey
Will Fade. Well, ok, actually shes not mad at all, but hey,
it sounds good. Anyway, the talented, luscious lady was happy to give
me the lowdown on Ash, Kim Wilde and groupies
AD: First of all, congratulations on an excellent debut solo album.
It must have been a nice surprise for you when your download only single
from it, Kim Wilde, attracted seven and a half thousand
CH: Oh, that was just amazing! I remember the first day the website
went up, and we had 300 people downloading the track in the first 3
hours, which was a real surprise for me! It was a major boost to my
confidence as well, because Im quite reluctant to give myself
any praise and am normally quite down on myself and negative. Maybe
Ive always underestimated myself, I dont know, but anyway,
I decided Id been talking about doing a solo album for so long
that it was about time I did something about it.
AD: Just out of interest, what exactly WAS the relevance of Kim Wilde
to that single, if any?
CH: There wasnt any. It was just meant to be a working title,
but it kind of stuck and never shifted at all. Thats why I put
the line about when I was a kid in America in there
so that there was some kind of a reference
and I had a relationship
in New York so it was easy to incorporate that lyric.
AD: You worked with Frank Blacks producer, Eric Drew Feldman,
on Grey Will Fade and youre apparently a fan of my
all time favourite band Pixies. So, what are the chances of you
and Frank himself getting together for a collaboration?
CH: Funnily enough, we supported them (Frank Black and the Catholics)
in Berlin and Paris, and I gave Frank a copy of my album. Well
have to wait and see what he thinks before I put that idea to him! But
yeah, thatd be a phenomenal thing to do!
AD: How different was it working on your own album, as opposed to
an Ash one?
CH: Totally! With Ash, all the parts are already written even
the drum parts when we go to record them; I knew exactly what
I was going to do on every record. With my solo album it was more a
case of trial and error and I really enjoyed it. I thought about changing
my name but I decided against it. It not exactly very rock
though is it? Charlotte Hatherley
AD: I shouldnt worry if I were you my real names
Lawrence Etheridge. (Charlotte laughed rather too hard at this revelation
for my liking!)
CH: Sorry, you should become a 16th century writer with a
name like that!
AD: Ahem...moving on
if we could just talk about Ash for a moment
Starcrossed amazing video! It seems to have
several references to classic films within it. Im sure I noticed
a bit of Last Tango In Paris in there somewhere
CH: Oh my God, is there? I dont know. The main theme of the video
was lifted from Baz Luhrmanns Romeo and Juliet, I
know that much, which we thought was just brilliant taken visually.
We went to Bucharest before we found a church that would be perfect
for the video and we had to have this priest there the whole time, to
make sure we didnt get up to any mischief! Most of the ideas for
our videos come from Mark though, so he gets really involved when were
filming it. The rest of us are just sitting on the floor twiddling our
thumbs for most of the time!
AD: How do you think peoples perception of you personally has
changed since you joined the band?
CH: I think theyve embraced me a lot more now. When I first joined,
I think a lot of the female fans thought I was there for an ulterior
motive, but I think they can see now that Ive not taken over the
band in the way some people expected. I never pushed myself to the front
and I wasnt sleeping with anyone from the band I was purely
there to play the guitar, and I think most of the fans appreciate that
AD: How do you fight off amorous male groupies then?
CH: Thats an interesting one with Ash, actually. The girls that
go to our gigs between the ages of 18 to 25 are really in your face,
and theyll go up to Tim and say Do you want to fuck me?
AD: I want to be a rock star
CH: Ha ha. But the guy groupies
well, I dont really get any
they all seem really intimidated and dont really say much.
They just stand in the corner and stare quietly, or they say hello and
ask me to sign a record politely and thats about it.
AD: But dont you prefer it that way, rather than them coming
up to you in the same way they do Tim?
Wahey! I know which approach IM going to use on Charlotte this
Saturday at the
Charlotte in Leicester! Oh shit, no, wait.
I cant do that, Im married. Bugger. Ill have to be
content with being one of the leering mutes that the young lass is accustomed
Interview - Tone E