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Song You Need to Know: Sam Fender, ‘Seventeen Going Under’

Sharing a “letter to [his] 17 year old self”, Sam Fender has given fans a deeply-personal single as the first taste of his new record.

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As he gears up to release his second album, English musical sensation Sam Fender has unveiled the title track from his forthcoming record, having shared “Seventeen Going Under” last last week.

His first piece of new original music since last year’s “Hold Out”, “Seventeen Going Under” serves as the first step towards a new career milestone for Fender, with his new record set to showcase a more “intense and personal” side than was shown on his 2019 debut, Hypersonic Missiles. Turning his own experiences into art for album number two, Seventeen Going Under is one that is brave, defiant, celebratory, and ultimately inspirational.

No more are these themes evident than on the record’s title track, which show a fearless Fender writing “a letter to [his] 17 year old self” as he recalls the events of this age and the future that lay ahead of him.

“17 is when all the challenges begin: you’re not a baby, but you’re definitely not an adult (turns out that bit takes a lot longer than you think),” he explains. “I’m not even sure it’ll happen at all for you, but growing up is for fools and the near dead, so stop being so serious all the time.”

Fender continues this theme in a statement provided about the forthcoming record, noting that “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.”

Sam Fender’s new single “Seventeen Going Under” is out now, while the album Seventeen Going Under will be released on October 8th via Dew Process/Universal Music Australia.