ASFTD #282: Eliza Shaddad – Run

I’m well behind on this track. Other blogs have been talking about this new track from Eliza Shaddad for the last week, but here I am, late. Or fashionably late..

Anyway, ‘Run’ picks up from a similar place to where ‘Wars’ left off. It’s that got that new darker Shaddad sound coursing through its veins. TMB were fans of hers anyway, reviewing a show back in November of 2014, but these new tracks are really making us sit up and take notice.

Annoyingly, I’m not around when Shaddad plays Manchester. You’ll all have to go for me instead. Tour dates and more details about the track can be found below the embed.

Born to Sudanese and Scottish parents with deep artistic heritage, Eliza Shaddad draws from a rich wealth of creative resource. A descendent of a long line of artists and poets dating back to the 1800’s, Eliza’s great great grandfather was James Paterson, one of the Glasgow Boys – a group of artists challenging the style and subject of late Victorian Scottish painting.

Title track Run, revealed today, harnesses that power of provocation; “Run from me far and fast as you can before I ruin you”, Shaddad cries. It’s a deeply confessional sentiment, damning and yet liberating, and as unyielding as it is helplessly fragile.

“This song has a life of its own, and I think half our total studio time was probably spent just trying to tame it. It’s merciless in parts, musically, and lyrically, and a total beast to play live; getting to the end in one piece can actually be kind of cathartic.”


19.03 Dartington : Totnes

30.03 Green Door Store : Brighton

31.03 Sebright Arms : London

01.04 The Castle : Manchester

02.04 Studio 2 : Liverpool

03.04 Sunflower Lounge : Birmingham

19.04 Octagon Chapel : Norwich

21.04 Sneaky Pete’s : Edinburgh

22.04 The Hug and Pint : Glasgow

23.04 The Lemon Tree : Aberdeen