Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles (2019)
Very much seems to be "flavour of the month" over here and not bad when at 23 you release your debut album on Polydor. If you haven't come across him, he's been dubbed the "Shields Springsteen", firstly as he's from North Shields, which is downriver, east of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and secondly because his music sound is very much Springsteen influenced (aside from one track That Sound which would be more at home on an 80s Cure album).
My main buzz is that he's good, probably the best "sound" out of Tyneside in over 20 years, certainly enough for the region to be forgiven for Cheryl... Whether he'll be another Mark Knopfler is for time to tell, meanwhile he's set himself an impressive start point.
B the way, if you think his accent sounds like someone from the series Vera - he played a character in the very first episode!!! Must be those amazing cheekbones and that jaw-line; last time I saw anything that sharp on a guy's face it was called Gillette...
28/09/2019 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA, US
30/09/2019 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA, US
03/10/2019 Dada Dallas Dallas, TX, US
04/10/2019 ACL Festival Austin, TX, US
06/10/2019 Globe Hall Denver, CO, US
08/10/2019 Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis, MN, United States
10/10/2019 3500 N. Lincoln Chicago, IL, US
12/10/2019 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, CA
14/10/2019 L'Astral Montreal, CA!
15/10/2019 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA, US
17/10/2019 The Bowery Ballroom New York, NY, US
19/10/2019 XL Live Harrisburg, PA, United States
20/10/2019 U Street Music Hall Washington, DC, US
05/11/2019 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands
06/11/2019 La Madeleine Bruxelles, BE
08/11/2019 Schlachtof Wiesbaden, DE
09/11/2019 Live Music Hall Koln, DE
12/11/2019 Astra Kulturhaus Berlin, DE
13/11/2019 Backstage Werk München, Germany
15/11/2019 La Maroquinerie Paris, France
All UK dates bar Plymouth are sold out - the 4 Newcastle ones sold out the day they were announced!
All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........