ALL UK SHOWS SOLD OUT AHEAD OF DEBUT LIVE DATES IN US LATER THIS MONTH
“A special talent” – The Guardian
“The last old-school pop singer standing” – The Times
“In an era of vacuous pop hooks and glistening digital pop, Fender plays electric guitar and sings perceptive, lyrically acute songs about things that matter” – The Telegraph
“By writing what’s in front of him, Fender is giving voice to people who need to be heard…The UK’s songwriter most-likely-to” – Q Magazine
“He’s shaping up to be one of 2019’s hottest tips” – Sunday Times Culture
“An ability to distil small-town grit and make poetry” – Evening Standard
“Fender’s lyrics have struck a chord at a time where all the accepted norms of masculinity are being questioned and challenged” – DORK Magazine
“He’s heading towards being an important pillar of his generation, whether he likes it or not” - Gigwise
06 March 2019 (Toronto, ON) – Sam Fender is pleased to share his first new music of 2019, with the new single “Hypersonic Missiles,” released yesterday via Polydor Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.
A frenetic 2018 has quickly doubled pace this year for Tyneside’s new favourite son. With the BRITs Critics’ Choice award in hand, and the finishing touches being made to a debut album recorded up in his own warehouse studio alongside the River Tyne, Sam Fender ups the stakes once more with the sky-scraping “Hypersonic Missiles.”
Listen to "Hypersonic Missiles" HERE
It’s a song that steers close to Sam’s oeuvre for impassioned observations about the state of the world around us, commenting on apathy in the face of self-destruction. Whilst we all see the frightening daily political mismanagement being played out across the globe, most of us remain helpless and confused to our own plight, watching quietly for what comes next. It’s a message assuredly delivered with Sam’s colossal rasp, and typically wrapped in melody atop of melody. A big voice, and a huge next step for this super smart 24-year-old from North Shields.
Sam Fender explains: “This song started out when I saw the term ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ in a newspaper. It’s a newly developed Russian missile that travels at something like nine times the speed of sound, which is essentially unstoppable. America currently has no defence against such a weapon, they would be helpless in the wake of an attack, as you have roughly six minutes from the time it is launched to the time it strikes.
“In many ways, Hypersonic Missiles is an unorthodox love song. Its main focus is on the world around the narrator, who is a complete tin foil hatter. They are convinced the world is on its last legs; they know that it is rife with injustice but feel completely helpless and lacking the necessary intelligence to change it while remaining hopelessly addicted to the fruits of consumerism.
“Amongst all the chaos is love and celebration, there is this glimmer of hope that runs through the song, a little notion that no matter what happens, these two people are gonna have a fucking good time regardless of the tyrants that run their world, and regardless of the imminent doom from these ‘Hypersonic Missiles’.
Later this month, Sam makes his first moves into the US with a series of gigs at SXSW in Texas, alongside his debut shows in New York, LA, and Toronto. With the New York date selling out instantly, and a deal over there freshly inked, there’s already much clamour and anticipation to see the UK’s hottest new artist over the pond.
Back in the UK, Sam’s been selling out each and every show he plays. With two nights at Shepherd’s Bush Empire long since sold out in May on a long since sold out tour, Sam recently put a very special hometown date at Tynemouth Castle on sale for the Summer, with 4000 tickets selling out within an hour. A hectic summer schedule of festivals surely awaits, before a debut album is due to drop soon after through Polydor Records. Further details of that to be announced imminently.
Following the whirlwind successes for his recent singles Dead Boys and Play God, Hypersonic Missiles is arguably Sam Fender’s most important, and most undeniable track yet. A big statement song, by a bold new voice.
Sam Fender Live:
11th March – The Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles
12th – 16th March – SXSW, Austin Texas
18th March – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
20th March – Rough Trade, New York
17th April – Badaboum, Paris
18th April – Doornroosje, Nijmegen
20th April – Tivoliredenburg, Utrecht
22nd April – Luxor, Cologne
24th April – Columbia Theater, Berlin
25th April – Strom, Munchen
26th April – Papiersaal, Zurich
28th April – Orangerie, Brussels
29th April – Melkweg, Amsterdam
2nd May – Ritz, Manchester SOLD OUT
3rd May – QMU, Glasgow SOLD OUT
4th May – Live at Leeds *NEW DATE*
6th May – Shepherds Bush Empire, London SOLD OUT
7th May – Shepherds Bush Empire, London SOLD OUT
10th May – O2 Academy, Birmingham SOLD OUT
12th May – Lemon Grove, Exeter SOLD OUT
13th May – SWX, Bristol SOLD OUT
26th May – Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington *NEW DATE*
11th July – Tynemouth Castle, North Shields SOLD OUT