Nominated for this year's Hyundai Mercury Prize for her stunning post-punk-influenced Holiday Destination album, Nadine Shah has announced a short UK tour, that includes a date at Brighton’s Concorde 2, 5th December.
Holiday Destination is easily one of the best AND most important records of the year. Her third album, the dark, brooding yet grooving post-punk of Holiday Destination mainly focuses on the plight of refugees, but still talks about mental health issues that heavily informed her debut album, Love Your Dum and Mad. With a band that also features her producer Ben Hillier, their potent muscularity is allied to an intelligent and humane lyricism, with Shah’s – who is of both Norwegian and Pakistani heritage – formidable presence giving it her all.
Of Norwegian-Pakistani descent and brought up in the north east of England, Nadine Shah identifies as a second generation immigrant. And she's not shy in coming forward when talking politics, or indeed mental health issues that dominated her debut (as a result of two very close friends committing suicide) and the perceived personal and romantic inadequacies that informed her second album, Fast Food. This time around many of the themes on Holiday Destination stemmed from 2014 when her filmmaker-brother produced a documentary for Al Jazeera TV on a refugee camp in Gaziantep, between the Turkish and Syrian border (Shah produced the music on this occasion). Were given further impetus thanks to the rise of nationalism here in the UK (which started to rear its ugly head when the Referendum was in full swing) and abroad.