Sam Fender was recently named within the prestigious BBC Music Sound of 2018. Fender’s gritty and soulful sound stands out from the vast indie crowd and should not be missed. With his first single ‘Play God’ released in March 2017, Sam Fender has been slowly but surely creating an impact within the music world. ‘Play God’ sets the tone extremely well for Fender’s unusual sound. Its stripped back quality lets his distinctive voice power through. His latest EP Dead Boys, released on the 28th October 2018, follows on from this style. It lies halfway between indie rock and a dreamy alternative sound, with singles ‘Leave Fast’ and ‘Dead Boys’ possessing an unusual melancholy.
The 22 year old hails from none other than North Shields and has an extremely likeable charm and humility to him. Appearing on Later…with Jools Holland in early October, Sam Fender performed the new single ‘Dead Boys’. Its solemn and frighteningly candid tone addresses male suicide. Fender is not scared to tackle those issues of ‘toxic masculinity’ and appears refreshingly honest and bold within his music.
Sam Fender has built himself a reputation after supporting many acclaimed acts. These include Hozier, Daughter, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Nick Mulvey, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Declan McKenna. His music has been mixed by former affiliate of Arctic Monkeys Barny Barnicott, lending Fender’s vocals that familiar rock-indie charm. However, he still manages to retain his Northern charisma. Fender’s love of Bruce Springsteen provides him with that magic storytelling ability and rock edginess to his music but Sam Fender remains truly unique in his music. His rise to the top is inevitable.