Live Footage: JOVM Mainstay Sam Fender Performs “Hypersonic Missiles” on “CBS This Morning’s Saturday Sessions”


I’ve written quite a bit about the Newcastle, UK-born and-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Sam Fender, and as you may recall, Fender has received attention over the past few years for crafting rousingly anthemic, arena rock-like material that broadly focuses on hard-hitting social issues, while also drawing from his own experiences in growing up in Northeastern England.

2018 saw the Newcastle-born and-based Fender featured on BBC Sound of 2018′s shortlist, which he promptly followed up with a sold-out headlining UK tour. Building upon the rapidly growing buzz surrounding him, Fender ended the year with the release of the Dead Boys EP, an effort that featured the attention-grabbing “That Sound,” a power chord-based arena rock friendly track that featured enormous raise-your-beer-in-the-air-and-shout-along worth hooks, soulful vocals and a bluesy vibe that brought  The Black KeysSlavesRoyal Blood and others to mind — and “Play God,” a politically-charged song that openly talked about how special interests and the 1% really control the world as we know it, paired with an self-assured, ambitious bit of songwriting.

Interestingly, the rousing, Springsteen meets Modern English‘s “Melt With You”-like “Hypersonic Missiles” was the JOVM mainstay’s first bit of original music this year, and while centered around arena rock and classic rock-inspired hooks, reverb-drenched power chords, thunderous drumming and Fender’s urgent and impassioned vocals, the song is an unconventional love song about two star-crossed lovers making the best of whatever time they have left while the world burns down — and an incisive commentary on our apathy and confusion in the face of our self-destruction that cries to the listener “hey man, wake the fuck up and do something!”

2019 looks to be a breakthrough year for Fender — he made his US network TV debut, performing “Hypersonic Missiles” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier year, which he followed up by playing some of his first North American headline shows, which included stops at SXSWToronto, and a show at Rough Trade, which I covered. While Fender was in the country on his first North American headlining tour, he stopped by CBS This Morning‘s Saturday Sessions to perform “Hypersonic Missiles” — and in the background you’ll see JOVM mainstay Stuart Bogie playing the soulful sax solo. But adding to that, Fender’s highly-anticipated full-length debut, Hypersonic Missiles is slated for an August 9, 2019 through Interscope Records, so be on the lookout for that.

In the meantime, Fender and his backing band are on a lengthy European tour that will include a Hyde’s Park, London date with Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Check out the rest of the tour dates below.

Tour Dates:

April 17 – Badaboum – Paris

April 18 – Doornroosje – Nijmegen

April 20 – Tivoliredenburg – Utrecht

April 22 – Gloria – Koln [SOLD OUT]

April 24 – Columbia Theater – Berlin [SOLD OUT]

April 25 – Technikum – Munchen [SOLD OUT

]April 26 – Papiersaal – Zurich

April 28 – Orangerie – Brussels

April 29 – Melkweg – Amsterdam

May 2 – Ritz – Manchester [SOLD OUT]

May 3 – QMU – Glasgow [SOLD OUT]

May 4 – Live at Leeds 

May 6 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London [SOLD OUT]

May 7 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London [SOLD OUT]

May 10 – O2 Academy – Birmingham [SOLD OUT]

May 12 – Lemon Grove – Exeter [SOLD OUT]

May 13 – SWX – Bristol [SOLD OUT]

May 26 – Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington

June 1 – All Points Festival – London (w/ Mumford & Sons)

June 10 – Pinkpop Festival – Landgraaf

June 13 – Bergenfest – Bergen

June 28 – Glastonbury Festival

July 28 – Down The Rabbit Hole Festival – Nijmegen

July 6 – Barn On The Farm – Highnam

July 11 – Tynemouth Castle, North Shields [SOLD OUT]

July 12 – Hyde Park – London (w/ Bob Dylan + Neil Young)

July 13 – TRNSMT Festival – Glasgow

August 1-4 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL

August 16 – Summer Sonic – Tokyo

August 18 – Summer Sonic – Osaka

August 31– Electric Picnic – Laois, Ireland