Local songbird Nadine Shah announces North East gig

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WHITBURN’S Nadine Shah has announced she’ll be performing in her home region with a new album in tow.

Following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Love Your Dum and Mad in 2013, Nadine is on the cusp of releasing follow up, Fast Food.

It’s set to further showcase her rich, soulful voice when it’s released on April 6.

The past couple of years have been a whirlwind for Nadine that has seen her hit the road with Depeche Mode, opening for Bat for Lashes and playing live at Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label London Fashion Week show.

Fast Food, which was created with collaborator and producer Ben Hillier, is the result of a fervent two-month writing session.

Recorded live at Ben’s studio The Pool in South London, the album features contributions from guitarist Nick Webb and bassist Pete Jobson (of I Am Kloot fame).

“The last album took so long to make that by the time it came out it didn’t feel like it was a very clear representation of where I was musically, but this time it’s different,” Nadine explains.

Nadine admits that Fast Food is a reflection upon short lived, intense, complicated relationships.

“I suppose it’s a coming of age album of sorts lyrically. Rejecting the romanticised idea of ‘perfect’ love and maturing in respects to relationships and accepting partners pasts.”

She added: “But it isn’t begging for your sympathy, it doesn’t wallow in self-pity. It’s unapologetic and, I hope, empowering.”

For this record, Nadine has stepped out from behind the piano.

She said: “I felt quite restricted just sat behind the piano all the time on stage, so touring really catered for the way this record sounds.

“Everything started on guitar whereas last time Ben re-wrote piano parts for the guitar.”

Speaking further on her collaboration with Ben, Nadine adds: “This is the second album we’ve written together and we’re much quicker and less precious with ideas.

“Having worked together so much now, we’re more comfortable with each other; it’s streamlined the process, made the writing more instinctive.”

Nadine, who moved from the North East to the Capital to chase her music dreams, says one track in particular is centred around living in London in your late 20s,

“It’s a weird old time, especially in London,” she said. “It’s an expensive city, it can be a cruel city and it can be very lonely. We start getting this fear that we need to find ‘proper jobs’ or a partner to settle down with, and it’s our frustration with those pressures, of being told by society to grow up. But we’re not ready yet. We haven’t quite got there.”

•Nadine plays Gateshead Old Town Hall on April 11.