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Standing 6’ 3” tall, with a slim build and jet black hair, Sam Smith has the look of a man who might’ve chanced a career striding down the catwalk as a male model. Such trivial pursuits were never on the agenda. Growing up in the former coal mining, cotton milling town of Atherton, a young Sam was instead enthralled by football and music.
Escaping to Manchester “as soon as I had the deposit for a flat” afforded Sam the opportunity to indulge in his twin passions. A football career was never a serious proposition “I’ll often lie and say I hurt my knee when I was 13…the truth is I wasn’t any good”, so instead he settled for watching his beloved United and writing songs.
He possesses a clutch of future classics already, each eschewing conventional boy-meets-girl indie travails and instead focusing on distinctly more punk rock themes of urban struggle and alienation. This isn’t the sound of a tortured artist, however -‘Some Facts’ is an anthemic celebration of city life and the riotous ‘Three Stripes’ will have marketing men at Adidas grinning from ear-to-ear once they hear it.
Primary influences include New Order, Springsteen, Greg Dulli, The Clash, Tom Petty, Neil Young and QOTSA. Having spent several months last year honing his craft at solo open mic nights throughout the city, younger member Tommy recently joined on bass, childhood friend Chris on Guitar and drummer Pete recruited via an online ad.
Sam Smith & Company will be gigging extensively throughout the North West over the coming months. Go see them.
Biography by @carlosartorial