Plenty of attitude, and the songs to back it up
Findlay? That sounds like it could be a surname or forename. Or neither. Or both.
Both? Really? It’s actually the surname of Natalie Findlay, a Dalston-based singer and musician originally from Stockport, in Greater Manchester.
Manchester, I know that one! So, she must sound like Oasis and Happy Mondays, right?
Heck no, Findlay’s scruffy indie-blues is more an intriguing mishmash of The White Stripes, The Strokes and Regina Spektor, all of whom she grew up listening to.
I see. How might I have encountered this heady combo in action?
Maybe you saw her play live when she toured with fellow Mancunians The Courteeners?
Or with moody singer-songwriter Jake Bugg? She once took a punch for the singer, bodyguard-style, when a fan got rowdy during an after-show party in that most hedonistic of locations: a Travelodge.
Blimey, what a trouper. But still no.
Well, you might have heard fuzzy noir-pop track ‘Greasy Love’.
Is that about Vaseline?
Let’s not go there.
Hey, we were all thinking it. Anything else I should know?
Her big song ‘Off & On’ is hard to ignore – it’s a rip-roarin’ rock ’n’ roller, kinda like Findlay herself.
She likes to party, does our Nat, and she’s not afraid of saying so in expletive-strewn interviews: ‘I just think: Fuck it, let’s have a drink,’ are her thoughts on free tour booze.
Bloody brilliant. Musicians are so boring these days.
Well, potty-mouth, that’s one thing Findlay isn’t.
By Tristan Parker, Tue Dec 16 2014