ALbum cover artwork for Sam Fender with clear vinyl record popping out

Words | Jacqui Picone

Sam Fender makes music to speed down highways to, and it’s impossible to deny your shoulders the shimmy they’re dying to follow the music with.

A talented lyricist who leans into honesty and intimacy rather than shying away, Fender’s distinctive voice rolls staccato over tales of political malaise, self-reflective heartbreak and a desire to understand his own youth.

If Hypersonic Missiles was an unexpected explosion of a debut, Seventeen Going Under is the wave of aftershocks – certainly more anticipated, but no less powerful. A rumination on what it means to be in your late-20s in the modern age, a fear of what is to come, and a mourning for what has been lost in the chaos.

Seventeen Going Under by Sam Fender is out October 8 via Dew Process.

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