New Song Of The Day: Sam Fender – Leave Fast

Up and comer Sam Fender presents us with a new single, Leave Fast, and an accompanying video clip.

The video was shot on 16mm film in Fender’s hometown of North Shields in Northern England. Here’s the record company blurb:

‘Leave Fast’ precedes a busy Summer of festival appearances in what is quickly becoming a breakthrough year for this assured young Northern musician.

Recorded in Sam’s self-built recording studios within a warehouse space in North Shields (a stone’s throw from the River Tyne) and overseen by local producer Bramwell Bronte, Leave Fast is a reflective, matter-of-fact ode to the claustrophobia of living in a small town and the importance of escape. It’s a song that showcases Fender’s frank, acerbic lyric poetry; all straight-talking and direct from the heart.

‘Leave Fast’ is shared today with a video too, shot on 16mm film, and candidly following Sam on a stroll through his hometown.

Sam Fender: “‘Leave Fast’ is an archetypal song about growing up in a small town, and the frustrations that are often felt by those who feel trapped within them. Yet it’s very much a song about living in the UK right now, too.”

Over the course of the tracks self-released to date, notably the thunderous ‘Play God’ and the riotous, righteous ‘Friday Fighting’, Sam Fender tackles the everyday subjects that his generation are often consumed and frustrated by. Politically-motivated and socially-aware, he comments on apathy and disenchantment in his lyrics, all often wryly observed. Crucially though, Fender delivers these heavy messages with an irresistible ear for melody and with a chest-thumping urgency.

Having already toured with the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, Hozier, Declan McKenna, and Catfish and the Bottlemen, Sam is picking up fans wherever and whenever he plays, and having sneaked onto the BBC Sound of 2017 longlist, those songs are fast becoming rough-hewn anthems far beyond their Tyneside roots.