Sam Fender shares secret of how he's getting his voice fit again
6 July 2019, 12:30 | Updated: 6 July 2019, 12:31
The Geordie singer-songwriter has also dropped the final single to come from his Hypersonic Missiles album, and talked about his vocal recovery.
Sam Fender has shared a brand new single ahead of his debut album - and has assured fans that he's on the road to recovery after having to cancel a string of festival dates, including Glastonbury, due to problems with his voice.
Last week, Fender announced he was "gutted" to have to cancel the shows, which also included appearances at Les Eurockenees, Down The Rabbit Hole and Barn On The Farm festivals. The illness affected his appearances at Neighbourhood Weekender, All Points East and Isle Of Wight festivals in May and June.
Now, Sam tells Radio X’s Gordon Smart that he’s back on the road to recovery - and revealed how he was getting match fit for his forthcoming live dates.
“Before I could sing again I had to do two weeks of silence and then build my voice back up with the kazoo,” he explained, brandishing the instrument and even giving us a rendition of his hit Play God.
“I’ve had to start with a kazoo, then I’ve upgraded to a straw - but I take the kazoo wherever I go. It’s the most annoying instrument - this and ukeleles are the most annoying instruments!"
Watch the video to see Sam prove how annoying the kazoo is, and more on his friendship with Lewis Capaldi.
While he gets back to full voice, the Newcastle singer-songwriter has whet fans appetites with new single Will We Talk?
The high-octane track is the last cut to be taken from the forthcoming album, which includes previously released singles Play God, Dead Boys and title track Hypersonic Missiles.
Watch the video for Will We Talk?
Watch Sam Fender perform Play God in session for Radio X:
See the tracklist for Fender's Hypersonic Missiles album:
1. Hypersonic Missiles
2. The Borders
3. White Privilege
4. Dead Boys
5. You’re Not The Only One
6. Play God
7. That Sound
9. Will We Talk In The Morning
10. Two People
11. Call Me Lover
12. Leave Fast
13. Use (live)
Watch Fender perform That Sound:
Sam Fender's forthcoming debut album was written, recorded and produced at the BRITs Critics' Choice-winner's self-built warehouse studio in North Shields and recorded with his long-time friend and producer Bramwell Bronte.
Fender will play a string of festival dates across the UK and Europe throughout the Summer including a huge outdoor hometown headline show at Tynemouth Castle, in Hyde Park in support of Bob Dylan + Neil Young, and at TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow Green.
The Leave Fast singer will then tour the UK at the end of the year including four sold-out shows at Newcastle Academy, and two at Brixton Academy.
See Sam Fenders 2019 live dates here:
11 July – Tynemouth Castle, North Shields SOLD OUT
12 July – Hyde Park, London (w/ Bob Dylan + Neil Young)
13 July – TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow
19 July – Splendour In The Grass, North Byron Parklands
23 July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
24 July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
10 August – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay
16 August – Summer Sonic, Tokyo
18 August – Summer Sonic, Osaka
30 August – Fusion Festival, Liverpool
31 August – Electric Picnic, Laois Ireland
22 November – Academy, Manchester SOLD OUT
23 November – Guild of Students, Liverpool SOLD OUT
26 November – Rock City, Nottingham SOLD OUT
27 November – O2 Academy, Glasgow SOLD OUT
28 November – O2 Academy, Leeds SOLD OUT
30 November – Dome, Brighton SOLD OUT
1 December – O2 Academy, Bournemouth SOLD OUT
3 December – Pavilions, Plymouth
4 December – O2 Academy, Bristol SOLD OUT
5 December – O2 Academy, Birmingham SOLD OUT
7 December – O2 Academy, Newcastle SOLD OUT
8 December - O2 Academy, Newcastle SOLD OUT
10 December – O2 Academy Brixton, London SOLD OUT
11 December - O2 Academy Brixton, London
13 December – Great Hall, Cardiff SOLD OUT
16 December – Dublin, Olympia SOLD OUT
17 December – Ulster Hall, Belfast SOLD OUT
19 December – O2 Academy, Sheffield SOLD OUT
21 December – O2 Academy, Newcastle SOLD OUT
22 December - O2 Academy, Newcastle SOLD OUT