Sasha & The Shades release new track, Girls, written originally by Sasha and his brother Saul Adamczewski from Fat White Family, it’s their meditation on the battle of the sexes, how fear and communication can be tricky stumbling block to any relationship. Eli Rose J Sandford gives the track a re-haul, with Eli bringing a female take on these ideas and present day musings on the subject.
In the chorus Sasha suggests that to find love, one has to embrace the fear and a certain degree of “unsafe warranty.” He comments, “love is a journey and in order to find out what you want in yourself and the other person being – able to reflect on previous heartbreaks in a constructive way is not a bad thing.”
Sasha and Eli take centre stage, in a tug of war between the sexes, each allowing a sense of poetic discourse on their own version of the subject. Similar to duos before them, from Cerys and Tom Jones, or MacGowan and Kirsty McColl.
Highlighting and outing one of the most difficult and sometimes impossible traits of any relationship, communication. How we communicate? What we communicate? Should we have said anything at all? Plus the differences between those two different, perhaps slightly differently wired-up brains. As Eli challenges the one-sided sentiments portrayed from a male perspective in the original song.
“Eli’s contribution is fantastic,” says Sasha, “it is much more of a conversation between the two sexes, particularly in the verses and I think Eli’s lyrics give that kick back whilst also providing some key moments of humour in the song. We wanted the lyrics we wrote in response to the other to be quite divisive so that there was this sense of an argument happening on-stage, a bit like ‘Hit The Road Jack’ by Ray Charles or ‘Jackson’ by Johnny Cash and June Carter.”
The single is the third and final in a string of Autumn releases for the South London band hailing from Peckham, and who have been picking-up praise for their alt. rock, with hints of folk, roots and blues.