The Curfew Club presents…
In association with Bedford Esquires
ELIZA SHADDAD + support
“Bold, deep, and, in turn, turbulent and serene” – The Line of Best Fit
“Haunting” – The Sunday Times
“Stunning” – Wonderland Magazine
“We’re big fans” – i-D Magazine
“Breathtaking” – The 405
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.
After a previous EP that hit critical acclaim receiving airplay across BBC Radio 1, 2, 6Music, BBC Radio Scotland, XFM, Amazing Radio, KCRW, and strong support from The Sunday Times, The Line of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, i-D Magazine, and The 405, Eliza Shaddad returns with follow up EP ‘Run’ slated for release early 2016, the lead single of which, ‘Wars’, has just been revealed.
‘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 to give the record a grittier and more expansive sound.
“Wars is the gateway to this whole release, it was the first song written for the EP, and the first sign of this more brutal sound. We were playing it live as a band and it was getting louder and grungier and crashier each time and it felt so good that when it came to recording I just wanted it to kind of implode. Lyrically it’s about fighting to hold something in, and I think musically we’ve created something that really supports that – ethereal, almost eerily controlled vocals gliding over a bed of increasingly rolling turmoil. Best unleashed loud.” – Eliza Shaddad
Since the release of the ‘Waters’ EP Shaddad and her band have seen their reputation for powerful live shows grow. Rooted in this more overdriven sound Shaddad’s voice thrives, and live something candid and raw is turned loose upon audiences. Live highlights have included sold out London headline shows, a UK tour, festivals including Wilderness, Boardmasters and the BBC at the Edinburgh Fringe, a support tour for Dead Oceans US-based band Strand of Oaks, and dates with Soléy, Rhodes, James Bay, Dustin Tebbut, Andreya Triana, Sarah Jarosz and Michael Chapman.
With Grammy-award winners Clean Bandit, Eliza has written for and featured on their top 10 debut album ‘New Eyes’, supported Rudimental, SBTRKT and Mercury-prize winners Alt-J, and performed live on BBC Radio 1 with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Taking in Eliza’s 2012 exceptionally low key affair where Shaddad’s vocals oftentimes barely peak above a whisper, this dynamic progression of songwriting places her as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging talents.
facebook.com/ElizaShaddad // soundcloud.com/ElizaShaddad
Tickets £5 available from Bedford Esquires & The Cavalier Club Barber Shop