ELOUR’s “Ha” is an Eruption of Punk-Edged Femme Rock, Resulting in Catharsis and Empowerment

ELOUR features the alluring songs, vocals, and stage presence of classically trained Elizabeth Ghandour.

I see my music as empowering for females because of my honesty. I think women often try to keep our emotions in check because it’s so easy to be called crazy or hysterical, or to be seen as “too much” or too intense or aggressive, while males seem to get away with much more, without being labeled or ostracized. I like to lean into those labels and challenge those stereotypes by showing that there is strength in showing emotions, even if they’re emotions that are discouraged for women, such as lust, rage, or anger. “Good Girl” challenges the notion that women should suppress valid emotions in order to satisfy some external (patriarchal) version of “good.” “Reputation” and “Beautiful Girl,” each in their own way, go farther and recommend throwing off unhealthy, limiting societal chains.

I titled my album “Blood Running” after a lyric from the song “Ha.” The song displays the anger I felt after a relationship breakup, but underneath the anger was immense hurt. I was unseen and my pain and struggle didn’t matter. I feel it’s a bit of a female anthem because as females we are often dismissed or go unacknowledged. We play so many valuable roles in a society that is still run by men. Our effort seems endless and often we are left feeling powerless. It’s my hope that the album inspires people, and women especially, to find validity in all their emotional expression, and to claim their own power.