Sam Fender singing live at The Cluny 2
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The spotlight is on Sam Fender


Fender on fire

Just awarded the Brits Critics’ Choice award, singer-songwriter Sam Fender, hailing from North Shields in Tyne and Wear is beginning to catch fire. I saw the Brit win announcement earlier this week on the BBC and felt secretly vindicated.

Why, you ask?

Well, I stumbled upon Sam Fender late last year with his first release ‘Play God’ and immediately thought to myself he’s going somewhere; emotive and smart lyrics, anthemic voice and a storytelling soul.

What I perhaps like most about Sam is that no topic is lyrically off limits; he’s lilting about fake news, sexual harassment, mental health and government surveillance – basically our struggles in society right now. These aren’t areas I’ve heard many artists explore in their music, especially in such an honest and at times brutal way that Sam Fender manages to achieve, alongside a backdrop of catchy guitar riffs and bass.

But don’t take my word for it, listen to Fender’s newly released EP “Dead boys” below, my highlight tracks include “Dead boys”, “Poundshop Kardashians” and “Leave Fast.” Also if you happen to look up Sam Fender on Spotify, the artwork for his singles are very aesthetically pleasing…at least for the minimalist in me. 


As you may have already guessed, I’m eagerly waiting for Sam Fenders album to drop, but for now I must content myself with playing his releases on a Loop and tragically re-checking his website for added tour dates. If you are wondering what that looks like think of the ‘Kermit and keyboard’ gif.

One thing is for sure, he’s destined for momentous success in 2019. My advice…grab tickets to some of his smaller venue gigs as soon as you can because he’s on track for stadium crooning soon!

What do you think of Sam Fender’s music? Any favourite songs or lyrics? Let me know in the comments

Image by Matt Horne, licensed under CCPL

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