Fast-rising singer-songwriter Sam Fender was Jimmy Fallon’s musical guest on The Tonight Show on Thursday night, 2 August, performing his song ‘Will We Talk?’ The track is featured on his forthcoming debut album Hypersonic Missiles, due for release on 13 September and you can check it out below.
‘Will We Talk?’ proved to be a good choice for the Tonight Show stage, with no less than four guitarists (including Fender himself) and a string section providing backup to Fender’s passionate vocals. Shouting out New Order in the first line – “Blue Monday/Blarin’ loudly out the speakers”, Rolling Stone said that Fender’s stage presence “leaned more towards Springsteen than new wave, injecting the yearning message of the song into his wide stance and urgent guitar-playing.”
Fender’s Tonight Show performance of ‘Will We Talk?’ marked his second US late-night performance of 2019. The emerging rocker previously played a pair of tracks on Jimmy Kimmel Live in March.
22-year-old Fender is notably one of the few true singer-songwriters who’s climbing the modern-day pop charts. “I have nothing against co-writes and the importance of them in our business, but Sam’s lyrics shoot straight from the heart — you can feel that,” Owain Davies, Fender’s manager, told Rolling Stone in April. “It’s a massive factor for sure. These are deeply personal stories.”
Sam Fender plays the following North American dates this summer and fall:
August 3 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
September 25 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
September 26 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
September 28 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
September 30 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
October 3 – Dallas, TX – Dada
October 4 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
October 6 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
October 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
October 10 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
October 12 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
October 14 – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
October 15 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
October 17 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
October 19 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg University
October 20 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall.