Please Release Me: Charlotte Hatherley Has Quite A Bit Of Fight In Her

Welcome to another edition of “Please Release Me,” in which your Idolators request–nay beg–that an out-of-print, delayed or held-up-in-customs album be issued Stateside:

Artist: Charlotte Hatherley
Hometown: United Kingdom
Albums: Grey Will Fade, 2004; The Deep Blue, 2007
What is it?: A lightning-flashy guitarist who added her six-string skills to Ash when she was 17, Hatherley released her first solo album, the powerpoppy Grey Will Fade, in 2004, while she was still a member of the band. In 2006, she went solo; a year later, she released The Deep Blue on her own label, Little Sister Records.
Where is it?: We’ve written about Hatherley a couple of times already; since then, we’ve become even more infatuated with her smart, spunky music, which sounds tailor-made for any budding guitar heroine who’s bothered by the gender imbalance in Guitar Hero. The albums’ import-only status, though, means that they’re both priced over $30 for Stateside customers. Surely there’s a label out there who wants to pick up the Little Sister catalog for release on this side of the pond?

Charlotte Hatherley – Very Young [MP3, link expired]
Charlotte Hatherley – Behave [MP3, link expired]
Charlotte Hatherley [MySpace]
Earlier: Idolator Luvs Charlotte Hatherley

  • TeddyKGB

    Did you guys check iTunes?
    All of her stuff is there — I know; I spent close to $30 downloading her entire catalog.

    Both of Chaz’s albums were released on her own small UK label, which is why you haven’t seen it in jewelboxes and on racks here in the States. So until she gets enough buzz that a US company distributes her, you gotta go to iTunes (or the like).

  • TeddyKGB

    Another great song (and video) off her new album was the first single, “Behave”:

    She got me hook, line, and sinker with this one, and I’d never even heard of Ash up til then.

  • TeddyKGB

    Hmm…OK, I just re-checked iTunes, and Grey Will Fade and the Bastardo EP are still there, but The Deep Blue and everything else related to it got yanked off — with the exception of the above “I Want You To Know” video for $1.99.


  • thumps

    The new record is really, really good. “Behave” hooked me as well, but the rest of it is great, if not as immediately accessible as “Behave.” It just doesn’t look like there will ever be a U.S. release…

  • AcidReign

    …..Not a fan of her tone, but both of those cuts showed talented playing! And that’s why the Sony cartel won’t authorize the release over here, I’m betting. Not enough Pro Tools, or peepz and hoez in the video, either.