Our Artist Of The Week is Liam Fender!
A lifelong musician finally stepping out with his debut official release, Liam is a musical underdog and living proof that music truly can be a calling. He says, “I haven’t chosen to do this, it’s just in my DNA.”
If you’ve joined the dots between Liam’s surname and his place of birth, you may think he’s onto something with his point about DNA. Either way, his earthy, honest and optimistic songs showcase an artist more than capable of standing on his own two feet, with extraordinary new single ‘Love Will Conquer’ just a small taste of what’s to come.
Mining from a rich seam of artists like Richard Hawley, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and John Martyn, alongside the heritage of Newcastle history that’s scattered behind him, Liam Fender’s music is genuine, intuitive, articulate and interesting, much like the man behind the music. Liam describes his music as post-industrial romance: “My music’s deeply rooted in where I’m from: it comes from a real place. There’s a distinct sense of a bygone era, but in all that you find real people, real voices and real stories.”
Listen to his latest single, ‘Don’t Follow Me Down’ here:
A hugely uplifting melody and anthemic singalong chorus belie the subject matter of the song lyrics.
From Liam: “If Love Will Conquer was a call to arms to come together in turbulent times and embrace optimism, then be assured that ‘Don’t Follow Me Down’ is no such continuation. Don’t let it’s cheery “millennial whoop” con you otherwise. This is a song about total despair.”
Follow Liam on his journey here: