Charlotte Hatherley biography
Daily Music Guide critic Jamie Smith described the second single from New Worlds, "Alexander", as "a rather super single that deserves to win her many more new fans". and the same writer described the album, for The Music Magazine, as "a record that has a very definite sheen of quality all over it. Gone all the rough edges of her debut Grey Will Fade, and the sound is a huge leap forward from the lo-fi and somewhat dreary and unformed follow-up The Deep Blue. New Worlds is the album of a woman sure of herself and ready to move forward in her career".
It was announced via kttunstall.com on 8 June 2010 that Hatherley would be joining KT Tunstall's band playing lead guitar to replace Sam Lewis. The 2010/11 tour, coinciding with the release of Tunstall's Tiger Suit album, began 19 October in Cambridge, England. The Times review of the 20 October concert at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London, noted "Hatherley played with a decisive touch and was a powerful stage presence, her bright copper hair and glacial poise providing an engaging foil to Tunstall's more natural look and breezy, upbeat stage persona".
In an interview with the Galway Advertiser, on 13 January 2011, Tunstall said that Hatherley had helped her "to find the voice that she had always been searching for. Charlotte has just blown us all away. She's an exceptionally talented musician and very visceral. It's just pure emotion when she plays. It was interesting seeing her take on the role because it'd been a while since she'd had a full on lead guitar gig. This is probably the most heavy-riffed stuff I've ever written. I had all these tribal backing vocal bits planned and suddenly I discovered Charlotte could do them all. Our voices are spookily similar and it's nice for me to have another girl in the band. Neither of us are super girly girl and we're both really into our music".
Sylver Tongue (2012-present)In February 2012, Hatherley emerged performing under the new name of Sylver Tongue, with a song entitled Hook You Up made available for free download. This was followed by the 4-track Something Big EP, released on CD, digital and vinyl in November 2012 featuring the tracks Something Big, Hook You Up, Creatures and Faraway Sun. Sylver Tongue, with a four-piece line-up, supported Bat for Lashes on their October/November 2012 UK tour.
Personal lifeHatherley's ex-boyfriend is film director Edgar Wright, who is best known for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. He directed videos for two of her singles, "Summer" and "Bastardo". Her mother, Patricia Franklin, is an actress who appeared in several Carry On films of the 1960s and 1970s. She is thanked in the credits for both Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz. She is also credited on the UK DVD of Shaun of the Dead for taking photographs of the crew. Her father, Frank Hatherley, is an Australian playwright and critic.
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