Sam Fender has released a new single, ‘That Sound’ taken from his forthcoming EP, ‘Dead Boys.’
Speaking about the track, which premiered on Radio 1’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ tonight (October 22), Fender said the song was a “a celebration of music” and “a not-so-sutble middle finger to the naysayers that tend to rear their heads as soon as things start to work out for you, especially back home.”
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He continued: “Music was always ever present when I was growing up, and it’s continued to be the most important and intrinsic part of me. It kept me from going off the rails as a kid and it gave me rare purpose and self-confidence that I couldn’t find from anything else.
You can listen to the song here:
Fender added: “This song talks loosely about how susceptible you can become to negativity and jealousy, even when you’re at your happiest and most confident. It’s about finding strength to ignore it all, and keep doing your own thing.”
A recent live favourite throughout the festival season, ‘That Sound’ is taken from Fender’s upcoming EP, ‘Dead Boys’. From North Shields, Fender’s music deals with hard-hitting subjects of national importance drawn from his experiences growing up on Tyneside.
His last single, ‘Dead Boys’ won praise for the manner in which it opened up conversations around male suicide and mental health.
Speaking to NME about the issues around the song, Fender said: “It’s a song about male suicide, particularly in my hometown…I lost some friends very close to me because of that. This song came from that place, and I have been playing it to other people ever since.
“It’s raised a conversation and I realised how much of a present issue it is. Everybody that I spoke to from all different parts of the country have all got a connection to someone they’ve lost…It really opened my eyes to how much of an issue it is. If it gets to one person and they feel like they should reach out and talk to somebody, then it has done a good job.”
Fender will tour the UK in November. Two new dates have been added to the tour in February, at Gorilla in Manchester and Electric Brixton in February. You can buy tickets for the tour here.
‘Dead Boys’ EP will be released on November 20 and you can pre-order the EP here.
Sam Fender Tour Dates 2018/2019
October 29 – Mash House, Edinburgh
October 30 – Fibbers, York
October 31 – King Tuts, Glasgow
November 2 – Chapel, Leeds
November 3 – Leadmill 2, Sheffield
November 5 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
November 6 – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
November 7 – Thekla, Bristol
November 9 – Rock City Basement, Nottingham
November 10 – The Castle and Falcon, Birmingham
November 12 – OMEARA, London
November 13 – OMEARA, London
November 14 – OMEARA, London
November 17 – Newcastle University
December 3 – Academy, Glasgow (w/ Blossoms)
December 13– O2 Academy Brixton, London (w/ Blossoms)
February 25 – Gorilla, Manchester
February 28 – Electric Brixton, London
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