Sam Fender Opens Up About His Approach to His Third Album

Songer songwriter Sam Fender Taking Time for Quality

British singer-songwriter Sam Fender, known for his introspective lyrics and evocative melodies, is in no rush to release his third album. Following the success of his debut album Hypersonic Missiles in 2019 and his sophomore effort Seventeen Going Under in 2021, Fender is taking a step back to ensure his next project meets his high standards.

Fender acknowledges that while he has plenty of material ready for his third album, he wants to avoid the mistake of rushing its release. In a recent interview, he emphasized the importance of taking the time to perfect his craft, stating, “We have been recording and recording and making loads of stuff but it got to the point where I thought, ‘We don’t need to get this out yet. We need to get it right’.”

Reflecting on the hurried release of his second album, Fender admitted, “For the second one we rushed to get that out and the third one we started rushing and I thought, ‘No, we have got to take the time’.” He prioritizes quality over speed, expressing his desire to deliver nothing short of excellence: “I’d rather it be late and great than early and s****.”

Fueling Ambition Through Adversity

Born out of Fender’s determination to excel is his resilience, shaped in part by his experiences with bullying during his school years. Fender believes that facing adversity in his youth fueled his ambition and drive to succeed in the competitive music industry. He asserts, “Schoolyard bullying is what makes a rock star. It is either going to put you down or it is going to make you work harder for it.”

Embracing Musical Influences

Fender’s musical journey is a tapestry woven with diverse influences and experiences. While he’s garnered comparisons to legendary artists like Bruce Springsteen, Fender remains steadfast in his identity as a unique artist. Though he acknowledges the Springsteen comparisons, he is keen to assert his individuality: “I’m not too keen on that tag. I feel I would rather be me.”

Acknowledging the inevitability of drawing inspiration from various sources, Fender explains, “You take bits from everything as a musician.” He recognizes that his upbringing and life experiences naturally shape his music, leading to comparisons with iconic figures like Springsteen. However, Fender is quick to point out that his artistry encompasses a diverse range of influences beyond any single artist or genre.

About Sam Fender

Sam Fender is a rising star in the British music scene, making waves with his unique blend of sounds. Here’s the rundown:

Here’s a list of some of Sam Fender’s notable hits along with their chart positions:

  1. “Hypersonic Missiles”
    • UK Singles Chart: #13
    • Scottish Singles Chart: #12
    • UK Rock & Metal Chart: #1
  2. “Play God”
    • UK Rock & Metal Chart: #1
  3. “Dead Boys”
    • UK Singles Chart: #98
  4. “That Sound”
    • UK Singles Chart: #54
    • Scottish Singles Chart: #50
  5. “Hypersonic Missiles” (album)
    • UK Albums Chart: #1
  6. “Will We Talk?”
    • UK Singles Chart: #62
    • Scottish Singles Chart: #39
    • UK Rock & Metal Chart: #1
  7. “The Borders”
    • UK Singles Chart: #96
  8. “Seventeen Going Under” (album)
    • UK Albums Chart: #2


As Sam Fender embarks on the creative journey of his third album, he remains committed to his artistic integrity and uncompromising pursuit of excellence. By taking the time to refine his music and drawing inspiration from his life experiences, Fender continues to carve out a distinctive path in the music industry. With his introspective lyrics and evocative melodies, Fender invites listeners to join him on a journey of self-discovery and musical exploration. As he navigates the challenges of fame and success, Fender’s authenticity and resilience serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring artists and fans alike.

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