Today Sam Fender is very pleased to share the video for his new single, “Hypersonic Missiles” via Interscope. This follows on the heels of Fender’s landmark trip to North America featuring sold-out shows in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, a run of much talked about SXSW gigs, as well as his US network television debut performance onJimmy Kimmel Live! where he performed “Hypersonic Missiles” as well as breakout single “Dead Boys.” Fender will also perform this weekend on CBS This Morning – Saturday.
Directed by the acclaimed Vincent Haycock (Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine), “Hypersonic Missiles” is the LA director’s third video for Fender following the hard-hitting “Dead Boys” and “Play God”.
“Hypersonic Missiles is a song that steers close to Sam’s oeuvre for impassioned observations about the state of the world around us, commenting on apathy in the face of self-destruction. Whilst we all see the frightening daily political mismanagement being played out across the globe, most of us remain helpless and confused to our own plight, watching quietly for what comes next. It’s a message assuredly delivered with Sam’s colossal rasp, and typically wrapped in melody atop of melody. A big voice, and a huge next step for this super smart 24-year-old from North Shields.
Sam Fender explain: “This song started out when I saw the term ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ in a newspaper. It’s a newly developed Russian missile that travels at something like nine times the speed of sound, which is essentially unstoppable. America currently has no defence against such a weapon, they would be helpless in the wake of an attack, as you have roughly six minutes from the time it is launched to the time it strikes.
“In many ways, Hypersonic Missiles is an unorthodox love song. It’s main focus is on the world around the narrator, who is a complete tin foil hatter. They are convinced the world is on its last legs; they know that it is rife with injustice but feel completely helpless and lacking the necessary intelligence to change it while remaining hopelessly addicted to the fruits of consumerism.
“Amongst all the chaos is love and celebration, there is this glimmer of hope that runs through the song, a little notion that no matter what happens, these two people are gonna have a fucking good time regardless of the tyrants that run their world, and regardless of the imminent doom from these ‘Hypersonic Missiles’.
Back in the UK, Sam’s been selling out each and every show he plays. With two nights at Shepherd’s Bush Empire long since sold out in May on a long since sold out tour, Sam recently put a very special hometown date at Tynemouth Castle on sale for the Summer, with 4000 tickets selling out within an hour. A hectic summer schedule of festivals (including Glastonbury, All Points East, and TRNSMT) should surround the release of a debut album. Further details of that to be announced imminently.
Sam Fender Live:
17th April – Badaboum, Paris
18th April – Doornroosje, Nijmegen
20th April – Tivoliredenburg, Utrecht
22nd April – Gloria, Koln SOLD OUT
24th April – Columbia Theater, Berlin SOLD OUT
25th April – Technikum, Munchen SOLD OUT
26th April – Papiersaal, Zurich
28th April – Orangerie, Brussels
29th April – Melkweg, Amsterdam
2nd May – Ritz, Manchester SOLD OUT
3rd May – QMU, Glasgow SOLD OUT
4th May – Live at Leeds
6th May – Shepherds Bush Empire, London SOLD OUT
7th May – Shepherds Bush Empire, London SOLD OUT
10th May – O2 Academy, Birmingham SOLD OUT
12th May – Lemon Grove, Exeter SOLD OUT
13th May – SWX, Bristol SOLD OUT
26th May – Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington
1st June – All Points Festival, London (w/ Mumford & Sons)
10th June – Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf
13th June – Bergenfest, Bergen
28th June – Glastonbury Festival
5th July – Down The Rabbit Hole Festival, Nijmegen
6th July – Barn On The Farm, Highnam
11th July – Tynemouth Castle, North Shields SOLD OUT
12th July – Hyde Park, London (w/ Bob Dylan + Neil Young)