Born to Sudanese and Scottish parents, Eliza Shaddad is 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.
Her new single Wars dropped late last year and since it’s release has received strong blog support and been championed over the airwaves by tastemakers such as John Kennedy (XFM), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), and Zane Lowe (Beats 1).
Today sees the unveiling of the video for the track and the announcement of a string of 16 dates across UK and Europe. Additionally, Wars slots along side a fuller body of work in the form of new EP Run which has now been locked in for release on the 18th of March.
Wars builds on songs from the Waters EP (which has notched up nearly 400k streams on Spotify since its release in summer 2014) with a much fiercer overall sound. Whilst also harnessing elegant, nimble and bitter-sweet characteristics,Wars washes over full of conviction and flashes of vitriol.
Mercury Music Prize nominated Chris Bond is once again at the helm of the production but is joined by Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice/Foals) on mixing duties and John Davis (Blur/FKA Twigs/Royal Blood) on mastering giving the record a grittier and more expansive sound.
The video for ‘Wars’ is an abstract one-take-esque slice of an unsettling story, shot overnight in an open space in South London.
“It’s a lot like the song itself; a mix of icy calm and chaos, and full of unanswered questions” – Eliza Shaddad
Director: Jack Daly : www.jackdaly.me
DP: Colm O’Rourke : www.colmorourke.co.uk
Focus Puller: Gary Long.
Editor: Jack Daly
Colorist: Colm O’Rourke
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
03.02 OOAM Festival: Baden
04.02 La Parenthèse : Nyon
12.04 Privatclub : Berlin
13.04 Studio 672 : Cologne
14.04 Schräinerei : Luxembourg
15.04 Sugarfactory : Amsterdam
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“Impeccable vocals…emotionally packed…powerful and energetic…raw and candid” – Wonderland
“An artist who continually seeks to move forward, Eliza Shaddad has blossomed” Clash Magazine
“Blistering” – Line of Best Fit
“Ethereal & emotional” – Indie Shuffle
“Absolutely brilliant” – John Kennedy (Radio X) Xposure Hot One
“Really special” – Huw Stephens – ‘BBC Introducing Tip’ (BBC R1)
“A Massive Track” – Emma Snook – a ’Track of 2015’ (Amazing Radio)
“Killer track…Love it!” Jason Kramer (KCRW)
“Haunting” – The Sunday Times
“We’re big fans” – i-D Magazine
“Breathtaking” – The 405
“Definitely future material” Zane Lowe (Beats 1)