Kate Nash is bursting out 

click to enlarge Kate Nash has morphed from her rosy-cheeked, twee-folk roots to a multifaceted songwriter. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Kate Nash has morphed from her rosy-cheeked, twee-folk roots to a multifaceted songwriter.

On her BRIT Award-winning 2007 debut, “Made of Bricks,” Kate Nash was a Strawberry Shortcake-faced English teen who traded in whimsical sung-spoken folk ditties.

She’s grown up.

Now 25, she’s got a new fashion sense, a Rogue-from-“X-Men” hairstyle, a bratty all-female backing band, a punk album called “Girl Talk” (penned after her breakup with The Cribs’ Ryan Jarman), and an acting career in movies such as “Syrup,” “The Powder Room” and “Greetings From Tim Buckley.”

When Nash — who plays San Francisco on Saturday at The Chapel — looks back at old photos of herself, she recognizes the cherubic profile and almost radiant innocence.

“I know who that person is. It’s just me when I was a teenager,” she says. “But it does feel like a long time ago now, and I’ve been through a lot of stuff, so I definitely am a different woman now. It’s like a new chapter of my life, really, and I feel like it’s even a new musical chapter.”

Indeed. For aggro new rockers such as “All Talk,” “Cherry Pickin” and the Quentin Tarantino-inspired “Death Proof,” Nash wrote almost every note on bass, which she had been playing in her side project The Receders.

“In a difficult time, taking on something as heavy as bass is literally like putting on a weapon — you could probably kill someone with it,” she says. “I needed to feel powerful, when I couldn’t in other ways. I was feeling a lot of frustration, and I just dealt with it the only way I know how — through my music.”

Nash won’t discuss the Jarman split; it was a difficult time in her life. But she’s a survivor, she says.

“I like to deal with my problems, face them head on,” she says. “So I threw myself into my work, and that’s one thing that saved me.”

She flew to Los Angeles to record in an old Hollywood mansion with producer Tom Biller in one cathartic blast.

In California, Nash, who studied acting in college, acquired an agent and began landing parts.

She says: “I’ve played a receptionist with Amber Heard, worked with Penn Badgley, and appeared with stars like Jaime Winstone, Sheridan Smith and Oona Chaplin — actresses I’ve admired growing up.”

Nash hopes fans welcome her maturity.

“Sometimes people ... want you to be the same old thing,” she says. “But it would be a very strange time warp if I was still doing the same stuff I was doing at 17, you know?”


Kate Nash

Where: Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $18 to $20
Contact: (415) 551-5157, www.ticketfly.com

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