Tonight, at the Omeara, one of London’s most intimate venues, rising singer-songwriter Sam Fender performs to a packed-out crowd.
Gaining notoriety on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show and appearing on Later… With Jools Holland, underneath his commercial craft Fender exhibits a tenacious spirit exorcised by the magic of melody.
Poised as if stood in the ring, tracks such as That Sound and Dead Boys pack an emotional punch while taking on the subject of mental health and toxic masculinity and hitting with clinical precision.
It’s a visceral display that shows Fender’s ability to write with an acerbic tongue while simultaneously cushioning listeners with commercial tunes that help soften the blow.
Vocally reminiscent of James Bay mixed with a tinge of bruised Americana, Fender provides a gritty commentary on the working class similar to a young Springsteen in which Sam plays tribute with a gorgeous cover of Dancing in the Dark as his finale.
It was solid performance and proves Sam to be an artist with not only something to say but one that demands your time and attention.