Unfairly perhaps better known for her time in Ash and as a touring member of Bat For Lashes than for her solo work Charlotte Hatherley releases her third solo album New Worlds on October 16th. This month’s tour follows the release of the first single to be taken from that album, White.
A near capacity crowd at Manchester’s Night And Day were in good spirits tonight, which was testament to the virtuoso performance of Miss Hatherley. It can unfortunately be all too common for an audience to be rather quiet during a gig such as this as they wait for songs they recognise in a set which is inevitably going to be mainly comprised of an album which most people will be hearing for the first time. Charlotte delivered a performance of intricate, fluent, guitar-man ship with resonant vocals throughout, looking confident and classy, reminiscent of a young Chrissie Hynde.
All the new songs received a good reaction with White, New Worlds, Full Circle and Straight Lines being particular standouts. The long queue at the merchandise stand to purchase a copy of her new album a month before it is released with evidence of this, she was also only to happy to interact with fans, signing albums and posing for photographs.
Before leaving the stage for the accustomed encored return only two songs appeared from her previous albums, Wounded Sky and Behave both from her second album The Deep Blue. She returned to delight everyone with powerful performances of I Want You To Know and her first single Kim Wilde. All four songs where played with a rigorous energy that breathed new life into them so to compliment the rockier mix of New Worlds. From tonight’s showing she definitely deserves to be recognised for her own creations.