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Sam Fender’s back with ‘Friday Fighting’

We’re not even six weeks into 2018 but Sam Fender’s kicked off his year in a big way. After having been named on the BBC’s Sound of 2018 list he’s released new material in the form of single ‘Friday Fighting’. The single follows a successful run of releases in 2017 with tracks like ‘Play God’ and ‘Start Again’.

‘Friday Fighting’ is reminiscent of early Vaccines tracks, it’s indie with a bit more bite. The lyrics take a journey through going out as a teenager, the hanging around on street corners, lads and, of course, fighting. It’s a bittersweet feeling that Fender achieves with the lyrics, the soaring chorus of ‘let it all out with someone who doesn’t know what’s behind these closed doors’ is cathartic to belt out alongside Fender.


Instrumentally the track is a bigger, more party themed affair than anything we’ve seen by Fender before. There’s a punchiness to the drums which builds the rising tension with the driven bass. This tension comes screaming out in the crashing chorus. Fender strikes the delicate but perfect balance between his crisp vocal and the brash, sweeping instrumentals.

Give ‘Friday Fighting’ a listen here and if you like what you hear then get stuck into his summer festival dates here, including the first This Is Tomorrow in Newcastle.

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