If You Like: Bruce Springsteen, Lewis Capaldi, Viola Beach
When it comes to establishing a sound, the process may very well be the hardest part. From the first chord to the very last note, the way you project yourself in your music says a lot about your brand. At such a young age, the constant barrage of questions regarding identity arises. In the midst of today’s social media boom, there’s no better time than to try and find your sound. English singer-songwriter Sam Fender is heading towards an age of enlightenment in his music.
Sam spent the better part of his teen years writing music. From playing small gigs to open touring pubs around England, Sam Fender was always born to run. In 2017, the English singer released his debut single, “Play God.” The fast-paced single paid homage to classic rock while maintaining a raw modern twist. The single gain more attention after being featured in EA’s FIFA 19. The record has since been BRIT certified Silver. Fender spent the rest of the year touring with various acts as support. It wasn’t until 2018 that Sam Fender would see mainstream success.
While signed with Polydor Records, Fender released his widely successful single, “Dead Boys.” With the backing of the single, Sam Fender released his debut EP, Dead Boys in 2018. The project dealt with thoughts of suicide, fame and how social media affects our minds. The EP also featured other hits like “Poundshop Kardashians” and “That Sound.” Fender capped off a successful headlining tour by winning a Critics’ Choice Award at the 2019 BRiT Awards.
Fender released his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles, in the Spring of 2019. Fresh off winning big at the BRIT Awards, Sam Fender dives headfirst into world affairs. The album focuses on injustice and political issues in society. The album allowed fans to take a peek into the mind of the rebellious singer. With tones of classic rock and indie rock, Sam Fender puts big Brother on notice.
Sam Fender’s music is very unique in the sense it transcends decades. Drawing inspiration from the music legend Bruce Springsteen, Fender’s music manages to spark sounds of longing. It was something Bruce himself was very well versed in. In Sam Fender’s latest track, “Seventeen Going Under,” the impact of Bruce Springsteen is clear. The happy dark hardish rock song describes Fender’s life at 17. It’s something that all people are able to connect with. The single is leading into Sam Fender’s upcoming second studio album, Seventeen Going Under, set to be released later this year.