A professional musician from the age of fourteen, Charlotte Hatherley first grabbed public attention two years into her career when she joined multimillion album-selling Irish rockers Ash, supplying guitar and vocals. Her decade with the band, their most successful period, saw them reinvigorated – owing much to Hatherley’s musicianship and presence immeasurably bolstering their image and sound.
Despite punishing touring schedules, Hatherley found time to concentrate on her songwriting skills; as well as contributing songs to Ash she also wrote and performed (playing nearly all the instruments) on her debut solo album, Grey Will Fade, produced by Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart, Pixies). Two more solo albums, Deep Blue and New Worlds, followed her departure from Ash. These included contributions and collaborations with Squarepusher, Adem, Luke Smith (Depeche Mode, Foals), Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins) and XTC’s Andy Partridge, all attracted by Hatherley’s versatility and talent. Hatherley also proved herself an invaluable addition to the touring bands for Bat For Lashes, KT Tunstall and others. Her accomplished musicianship and apparent ease with vocals, guitar, keyboards and percussion has made her an essential part of many touring bands.
Charlotte’s current project, Sylver Tongue, was unveiled in 2012. It marked a new direction for her, with keyboard-based compositions and a shimmering electronic sound that defined a new chapter in her career. Sylver Tongue’s debut album is scheduled for release early 2015.
Charlotte’s debut film score, a richly-textured soundtrack to post-apocalyptic sci-fi short The Last Man (directed by Gavin Rothery) is also due to appear in the first half of 2014. The dedicated film score website Films On Wax has written a fantastic review and interview.