Sam Fender has returned with his introspective new single, ‘Seventeen Down Under’, the title track from his forthcoming sophomore album.
The North Shields singer-songwriter’s new effort is a gut-punching anthem crying out for an airing in arenas. ‘Seventeen Down Under’ sees Fender take a trip down memory lane and write a song from the perspective of himself a decade ago. With the world pausing over the last 18 months, Fender has taken the time to deeply look inward and open up feelings that he’d left locked in a box.
From a sonic perspective, ‘Seventeen Going Under’ isn’t anything new from Fender, the track fitting neatly alongside his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles. Lyrically, however, he flexes his expert storytelling muscles, still managing to remain relatable and keep up his everyman persona despite being deeply personal on this track.
“She said the debt, the debt, the debt,” Fender stresses about his mother on the track. “So I thought about shifting gear, And how she wept and wept and wept, Luck came and died round here.”
He then passionately sings: “I see my mother, The DWP see a number, She cries on the floor encumbered, I’m seventeen going under.”
Commenting on the album, Fender said: “This album is a coming of age story. It’s about growing up. It’s a celebration of life after hardship, and it’s a celebration of surviving.”
Seventeen Going Under is arriving on October 8th, and he’s performing across festivals this summer, including a headline hometown performance at Newcastle’s This Is Tomorrow in September.
Fender’s return is a strong one, and he’s sticking true to his guns on ‘Seventeen Going Under’ rather than experimenting with a bold new sound or copying the latest trends. Unashamed powerhouse tracks like this will only enhance the parallels with Bruce Springsteen, and although it’s somewhat of a poisoned chalice, Fender is living up to the billing.