Samantha Fish Embraces Bold Rock Sound on ‘Faster,’ New LP Out 9/10

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July 9, 2021 — Today, Samantha Fish has announced her new album Faster, set for release on September 10, 2021. The album (available for pre-order HERE) is the follow-up to 2019’s acclaimed Kill or Be Kind, and marks Fish’s first collaboration with producer Martin Kierszenbaum (Lady Gaga, Sting), who co-wrote eight of the album’s 12 new songs and helped the genre-defying guitarist, singer, and songwriter to refine her sound and strike out into bold new sonic territory.

Alongside the announcement, Fish unveiled the video for “Twisted Ambition,” the first single from the album, out today. Fish notes, “It’s about flipping the power structure, the power dynamic, in your life. The world or a personal figure might be putting you down; it’s about taking control and owning your life and owning the situation.” The delightfully anarchic and cathartic video sees Fish smashing things up – literally and metaphorically -as she asserts, “see me take your crown, don’t need you,” and declares, “twisted ambition, I’m in control.” Watch the video for “Twisted Ambition” HERE.

“The whole record has a theme of taking charge and taking the reins, in a relationship or in life in general,” explains Fish. “I really thought that after 2020 I’d end up with a really dismal, bleak album, but instead, we came up with something that’s fun and sexy and so empowering.”

Faster opens on its spellbinding title track, a fiercely stomping number whose vocal hook states her intentions to “make your heart beat faster.” Immediately making good on that promise, she follows it up with “All Ice No Whiskey,” a pop-perfect powerhouse she considers something of a dare. That defiant spirit also infuses “Better Be Lonely,” a fantastically freewheeling track graced with a frenetic guitar solo.

While Faster never fails to showcase the gritty vitality of Fish’s musicianship, much of the album journeys into elegantly eclectic sonic terrain. One of Faster‘s most vulnerable moments, “Crowd Control” unfolds in delicate beats and shimmering keyboard tones, forming a dreamy backdrop to Fish’s self-reflection.

Featuring a guest spot from rapper/singer/songwriter Tech N9ne (who, like Fish and Kierszenbaum, hails from Kansas City), “Loud” drifts from doo-wop reverie to guitar-fueled frenzy.”He was perfect for ‘Loud,’ which is a song about speaking your truth as loud as you can,” says Fish. And on “Hypnotic,” Fish lays down a mesmerizing piece of R&B-pop, telegraphing unfettered desire in her seductive vocal delivery and lushly textured grooves. The album closes on a poignant note, with the stark and slow-burning ballad called “All the Words.”

Kierszenbaum, who contributed guitar, piano, keyboards, and percussion to the recording in addition to his production duties, enlisted an A-list rhythm section comprising legendary drummer Josh Freese (Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, The Replacements) and bassist Diego Navaira of The Last Bandoleros for the session. Hannah Brier contributed backing vocals while GRAMMY-award winners Tony Lake and Robert Orton engineered and mixed, respectively.

For Fish, one of the greatest joys of making music is the powerful exchange of energy at her incendiary live shows. “Anytime I play live, I just want to want to make people forget about everything else in the world and feel that same joy that I feel on stage,” she says. In the process of creating Faster, Fish experienced a similar exhilaration. “There’s such a transformation that can happen in the studio when you really own that freedom to be creative,” she says. “I feel so charged up in those moments, like I can be whoever I want to be. It’s just me and these incredible musicians trying to make a piece of art that speaks for itself and contributes something new to the world. It’s never hard to feel inspired or empowered when that’s the mission.”

Samantha Fish’s Faster tour will begin on September 21 in Salt Lake City and will continue throughout 2021. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Faster Track Listing

  1. Faster
  2. All Ice No Whiskey
  3. Twisted Ambition
  4. Hypnotic
  5. Forever Together
  6. Crowd Control
  7. Imaginary War
  8. Loud featuring Tech N9ne
  9. Better Be Lonely
  10. So Called Lover
  11. Like a Classic
  12. All the Words

See Samantha Fish on tour:

7/10   Fort Worth, TX , Magnolia Motor Lounge

7/17   Murphysboro, IL, Shawnee Cave Revival Blues, Soul & BBQ

7/30   Fargo, ND, Fargo Blues Fest

7/31   Kansas City, MO, Wine, Jazz & Blues Fest

8/7     Billings, MT, Magic City Blues Fest

8/27   Fort Wayne, IN, Sweetwater Pavilion

8/28   Lincoln City, IN, Lincoln State Park Amphitheatre

8/29   Augusta, NJ, Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest

9/5     Steamboat Springs, CO, Free Concert Series

9/11   Bluesfield, WV, Bluefield Blues Fest

9/17   Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

9/18   Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

9/19   Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera

Faster Tour, Fall 2021        

9/21   Salt Lake City, UT, Commonwealth

9/23   Bellvue, CO, Mishawaka

9/26,   Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre

9/28   Phoenix, AZ, Crescent Ballroom

9/29   Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up

9/30   Paso Robles   CA, Barrelhouse Brewing

10/1   West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour

10/2   Bakersfield, CA, World Records

10/3   Carson City, NV, Battle Axe & Tracks

10/7   Shreveport, LA,Red River Revel

10/8   New Orleans, LA, Fillmore

10/14 New Orleans, LA, Howlin Wolf

10/15 New Orleans, LA, Jazz Fest

10/26 Warrendale, PA, Jergel’s

10/28  Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts

10/29 Amagansett, NY, The Stephen Talkhouse

10/30  Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Bowl

10/31 Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall Hartford

11/2   Buffalo, NY, Asbury Hall @ Babeville

11/3   Homer, NY, Center for the Arts of Homer

11/4   Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall Norfolk

11/5   Medford, MA, Chevalier Theater

11/6   Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino

11/7   Philadelphia   PA, Union Transfer

11/9   Albany, NY, Empire Live

11/10  Fairfield, CT, The Warehouse

11/11  Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring

11/12  Harrisburg, PA, XL Live

11/13  Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony

11/14  Richmond, VA, The National

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