Sam Russo is set to release his second full-length album ‘Greyhound Dreams‘ on Friday (9th October) and we have an early peak at another track from the record, the standout ‘Eye Candy.’
The stripped-back, heavily emotional LP follows 2012 debut ‘Storm‘ and is coming out in the UK via Specialist Subject (Muncie Girls, Doe, Shit Present).
We spoke to Sam about the inspiration for ‘Eye Candy’.
“Eye Candy is about a woman whose boyfriend has beat her up and disappeared.
“I wrote it over a few days before work sitting in my kitchen just watching the estate wake up through the window, like I do every day, and I guess my mind wandered and I started writing about this female character I’d had in my head for a while and every morning for a week or so I just wrote her diary. Eventually it just turned into a song. She’s a victim, but her feelings aren’t as cut and dry as I think a lot of people expect them to be in those situations so I was actually really unsure about playing it to anybody once I’d finished it. It’s a really intimate and personal song about guilt and shame and love and I think it’s always a big risk putting yourself in someone else’s shoes like that so I ran it by my friend El Morgan and she liked it so much she said she’d sing on it, which was a huge honour because I’d written it kind of daydreaming that she would – like the way Willy Vlautin writes for Amy Boone, you know? Anyway, El completely makes the track, she sounds incredible on it; it’s almost a duet and it would be missing a leg without her.
The title is a nod to Shonna Tucker and her band Eye Candy – I was listening to her new record a lot when I wrote the record ‘Greyhound Dreams’ and I wanted to tip my hat to her for all the hours I’ve spent with her voice and her melodies in my head.”
Sam Russo is also on tour around the UK before the end of the year, playing both headline shows and in support of Alkaline Trio‘s Dan Andriano*.
17 Chalkstone Community Centre, Haverhill
28 Hawley Arms, London
30 The Castle Hotel, Manchester
31 Relevant Records, Cambridge
05 Sugarmill, Stoke*
06 Key Club, Leeds*
07 Forum, Tunbridge Wells*
08 Joiners, Southampton*
09 The Exchange, Bristol*
10 Dingwalls, London*
11 Waterfront Studio, Norwich*
12 Temple, Birmingham*
13 Electric Circus, Edinburgh*
14 Stereo, Glasgow*
15 Cluny 2, Newcastle*