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Live Gig Video: Erin K and Tash perform new song ‘Keep Her’ at the Gladstone Arms

By on Friday, 30th March 2012 at 4:00 pm

Fresh off of Facebook – seriously, like 20 minutes ago – here is a new song from Erin K and Tash. called ‘Keep Her’, we’re super lucky this got filmed last night at the Gladstone Arms. Watch it below. The lovely ladies have promised a recording will soon follow.



Video of the Moment #738: Erin K and Tash

By on Friday, 16th March 2012 at 6:00 pm

The newest video from London duo Erin K and Tash proclaims to be a true story. About ants. Their distinctive folk charm is all over this cute handmade video. Still with their happy go lucky attitude, they croon their story of woe of ants infesting their electronics. Complete with a pre-Prince Charming to the rescue, they are the kind of musicians I love to listen to.



Single Review: Erin K and Tash – Coins

By on Friday, 4th November 2011 at 12:00 pm

Currently based in London, Texas/Dutch duo Erin K and Tash (featured as a Bands to Watch in March 2010) will self-release their debut single ‘Coins’ on the 21st of November. This first single delicately picks through the sad ruination of personal connections, tracing a young girl’s search for love in all the wrong places back to her father, who was likewise tainted by the pursuit of success and control. With clear harmonies and a cadence reminiscent of late ‘80s folk-pop, especially Suzanne Vega, ‘Coins’ offers an oblique commentary on today’s society, much the way Vega’s ‘Luka’ did 2 decades ago. Masking the darker lyrics, the vocals drift through the airy guitar. These are some of my favorite kinds of songs: real substance inside a puffed pink shell.

The B-side ‘Sexy Cupcake Ditty’ shows a lively wit and a considerable skill in songwriting. Sometimes silly is harder to writing than sincere. The double entendre brought to mind American comedic/singing act Garfunkel & Oates. Although the latter is more single entendre!

Erin Kleh and Tash ter Braak have written, play and sing ‘Coins’ with a kind of lilt and wisdom not heard in a while from female vocalists. Although still unsigned, if they get the proper backing they will be able to take their smart girl sound far. I hope for more from these talented women.



‘Coins’, the new single by Erin K and Tash, backed by ‘Sexy Cupcake Ditty’, will be released on the 21st of November. The band will be having a launch party for the single at London Hoxton Underbelly on 17 November.


Video of the Moment #294: Erin K and Tash

By on Thursday, 8th July 2010 at 6:00 pm

I introduced Erin K and Tash to you in March in a Bands to Watch feature, and here they are with a video for the humourous tune ‘Jiggy Miggy’. It’s fab for two women to talk about sexuality and sensuality without resorting to crassness. And the video is great in its simplicity and I really dig it. I hope you will too.



Bands to Watch #165: Erin K and Tash

By on Monday, 15th March 2010 at 12:00 pm

Many, many years ago I had a young girl’s dream of becoming a singer. Long story short: for a multitude of reasons, it never happened, but as a result, I’m very critical of female singing voices upon hearing them for the first time. Most of the time, I am displeased (that’s putting it mildly) by what frivolous and unimpassioned warblings some girl is passing off as quote music unquote. I’m happy to report that last week I was pleasantly surprised and even a bit stunned upon hearing the band I am about to describe to you.

The anti-folk foursome Erin K and Tash is fronted by, yep, you guessed it, two angelic, incredible-sounding singers named Erin Kleh and Tash ter Braak. The two met in August 2009 after ter Braak, a talented pianist, answered Kleh’s ad for a backing vocalist for her burgeoning amateur band. The two hit it off right away and have been writing and performing together ever since with Paul Durbin (percussion) and Nicolas Cornu (guitar).

Check out the funny and evocative ‘Sorry I’m Not Black’ (mentioning American basketball star Dennis Rodman and English party girl singer Amy Winehouse) for an example of their lyrics: witty, humourous, and a breath of fresh air. The songs are delivered with such sweetness than the first thing that came into mind upon listening to a gorgeously spare version of ‘Oh Well (without noise version)’ on their MySpace, I thought of Emmy the Great.

The sultry ‘Jiggy Miggy’ reminds me of the great Mama Cass of the Mamas and the Papas. It’s a great example that even though female voices can be angelic, these women are real women; they feel emotions like love and lust like the rest of us and aren’t afraid to sing about them in a thoughtful way that we normal people can relate to, not at all in the distasteful way that seems pretty much par for the course for female, mass-marketed pop singers these days. So I say to Erin K and Tash, hip hip hooray!

This unsigned band is based in London and plays in venues around town. Here are some upcoming dates taken from their MySpace.

Sunday 21st March 2010 – London Islington Old Queens Head
Thursday 15th April 2010 – London Gladstone (free gig)
Thursday 22nd April 2010 – London Earl’s Court Troubadour
Monday 10th May 2010 – London 12 Bar (Blang! night)
Saturday 22nd May 2010 – London Leytonstone Library Hall


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