Newcastle native Sam Fender has had quite the year. Beginning with being named one of BBC Sound of 2018 was only the tip of the iceberg, as the months following saw him tackle almost every festival on the circuit before gearing towards the release of his debut EP on November 20th. The eponymous first single from the Dead Boys EP was released in August to a storm of praise and enthusiasm for its illustration of male mental health. ‘Dead Boys’ approaches the topic, which is becoming increasingly important to talk about, delicately and poignantly, something which has become a reoccurring theme with Fender’s music. Politically charged and furious, his alternative rock closely intertwines with this angsty social commentary, arguably a complete departure from the norms of the genre. Such a unique blend of soulful vocals and powerful, enraged guitar is one that is certain to be around for a while yet; this is only the beginning of what looks set to be a long, bright career.
The culmination of a year of success for Fender sees him embarking on a tour across the UK once more, supported by fellow Geordies, A Festival, A Parade. After a stunning performance at Leeds University Union’s very own Stylus as part of Live at Leeds back in May, his final tour of 2018 sees Fender return to Leeds to play Chapel this Friday in what is set to be an unmissable set. Whether a seasoned listener or new to his music, it is undoubtedly worth heading along regardless to enjoy a night of tunes from someone seemingly on the precipice of a truly impressive future in music.
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