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Kansas City's Blues-Rocker Samantha Fish Heading To UK On 'Faster' Tour In Support Of Latest Album
Photo Credit: Doug Hardesly.
Faster is the follow-up to 2019’s acclaimed Kill or Be Kind, and marks Samantha Fish’s first collaboration with Kierszenbaum (Lady Gaga, Sting), who co-wrote eight of the album’s 12 new songs and helped the guitarist, singer, and songwriter to refine her sound and strike out into bold new sonic territory.
Over the course of her career as an award-winning artist, Samantha Fish has brought extraordinary power to her self-expression, capturing her inner world in combustible riffs, visceral rhythms, and spine-tingling vocal work. On Faster, she imbues even more intensity into her electrifying brand of blues/rock-and-roll. With Fish accompanied on the recording by multi-instrumentalist Kierszenbaum, legendary drummer Josh Freese (Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, The Replacements) and bassist Diego Navaira of The Last Bandoleros, the result is a singular body of work both irresistibly galvanizing and emotionally raw.
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 of the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom began in September 21 in Salt Lake City and continues throughout 2022.
30/1 Komedia, Bath
31/1 Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
1/2 Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
3/2 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
4/2 Academy 2, Manchester
5/2 Rock City, Nottingham
6/2 Tramshed, Cardiff
7/2 Chalk, Brighton
8/2 KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton