“Run” by Eliza Shaddad

Northern Transmissions’ ‘Song of the Day’ is “Run” by Eliza Shaddad.

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.”

Chris Bond’s influence here is clearly evident. The track is brooding, almost bursting with sensation. Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice/Foals) on mixing duties and John Davis (Blur/FKA Twigs/Royal Blood) on mastering complete the breadth of talent behind this toweringly expansive, devastatingly intimate sound. Run follows previous single “Wars”,

Eliza has announced a string of 17 dates across the UK and Europe with a headline London show on the 31st of March at The Sebright Arms.

Run EP will be released on March 18th via Beatnik Creative.

Tour dates:


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

16.04 Pop Du Label : Paris