Rock’s savior? That may well be the case. Regardless, Sam Fender is on a roll right now. On last year’s debut album Hypersonic Missiles, the twenty-five-year-old Brit delivered his music with a thunderous desperation on par with Born to Run. This is a classic rock artist whose emotional small-town anthems is characterized by bursts of electricity, an almost unreal intensity and a pulsating attack. You should probably be prepared to lose yourself for a while during his performance at Way Out West.
Sam Fender, who grew up in North Shields in the northeast of England, won the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice in 2019 (among previous winners you’ll find names such as Adele, Florence And The Machine and Jorja Smith), has been to tea at Elton John’s, counts Stormzy as a fan and was invited to open for Bob Dylan and Neil Young at their co-headline in Hyde Park last summer. Many have hopes and expectations of Sam Fender, the singer seems to embody something the audience have waited for. Or, as Alexis Petridis wrote about Hypersonic Missiles in The Guardian: ”It feels like something mainstream rock music hasn’t dished up in a long time: an album that sounds not just like a hit, but a loud announcement of a striking talent with the space and potential to mature and develop.”
Sam Fender will play at Way Out West on Friday August 14.