Sam Fender releases Dead Boys, a devastating new track that laments the ever-growing global issue of male suicide. It is lifted from a forthcoming debut EP.

The new single launches alongside news of a new twelve date UK headline tour, running throughout November, including a second night at London’s OMEARA which sold out within 24 hours on announce last month. The tour concludes with a hometown show at Newcastle University on the 17th November.

The fast-rising young Tyneside musician knows his way around a hook and a melody, and he combines them here with knowing words that reflect issues both pertinent and pressing. Acerbic and poised, Sam’s ever-present eye, ear and mind for social consciousness, political awareness, and delivered with his cavernous vocal should declare Sam Fender as the real deal.

Recently signed to Polydor Records, Dead Boys is Sam’s most powerful statement to date. Raw, both in its subject matter and in its delivery, this silent epidemic of male suicide grows louder by the week, and this extremely likeable, driven new voice brings the topic to the fore. Crucially, the song’s poignancy isn’t at the expense of a brilliant, belting tune. A song for the masses.

Having sneaked on to the BBC Sound of 2018 longlist at the turn of the year, Sam has since spent most of it out on the road, which is where he’ll remain for the foreseeable future.

Sam Fender Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the new official music video for ‘Dead Boys’ below:

A Festival, A Parade are an alternative rock band from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

Since their formation in late 2015, the four-piece have already been widely championed by the people of the North and further afield, who have taken a shine to their unique blend of energetic, dark, intricate and melodic rock.

The release of debut EP ‘A Piece Of Meat, An Irregular Heartbeat’ was greeted with an array of acclaim and buzz, which culminated in a sell-out launch show at Newcastle’s ‘The Cluny’. The band saw their single ‘If Dogs Could Talk’ reach prestigious heights, recieving features on blogs world-wide, including a premiere with DIY Magazine and features from Louder Than War, Indie For Bunnies and Blahblahblahscience, as well as a multitude of airplay from, among others, Tom Robinson at BBC Radio 6 and an overwhelming inclusion in the Amazing Radio Chart alongside the likes of Slaves, Angel Olsen and The Japanese House.

In spite of their short lifespan, AFAP have put on an impressive number of hectic live shows, as well as a selection of festivals in the north of England including the BBC Introducing stage at Lindisfarne Festival and a headline slot at the North East’s precious and prestigious Evolution Emerging Festival. On top of this, AFAP have a dense array of performances under their belt alongside the likes of Maximo Park, Public Service Broadcasting, Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals, Teleman, Tall Ships and VANT in a number of different cities around the UK.

“The four-piece specialise in dark, atmospheric build. Brooding baritone vocals only add to hints of The National, but in ‘If Dogs Could Talk…’, they throw themselves towards completely different territory in the space of four minutes. Structures collapse with the flick of a switch, and the group swing from elegant gloominess to hyperactive, twitching math-rock. Nothing’s off the agenda.”DIY Mag

“It’s melodic, yet noisy. Its dark, yet it has its light moments. It’s loud, and then it’s quiet. Their sound is delightfully schizophrenic. It definitely has legs and their weirdness intrigues.”Louder Than War

“By turns desolate and beautiful, a lopsided look at alternative rock that’s already turning heads on the blogs.”Glasswerk

A Festival, A Parade Links: Website | Facebook | Spotify

Watch the official music video for ‘ Cold Shower’ below: