Samiam - Stowaway


21.09.2022 - 19:02- Newsbeitrag

SAMIAM melden sich zurück!
Mit besonderer Unterstützung von Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music) ist "Lights Out Little Hustler" die erste Single der ikonischen Emo-Punk-Rock Band seit über 10 Jahren und gleichzeitig ihr erster Release auf Pure Noise Records.

Samiam melden sich zurück: Mit der neuen Single "Lights Out Little Hustler" – erstmals via Pure Noise Records.

"Lights Out Little Hustler" ist das erste Lebenszeichen der legendären Emocore/Punkrock Band seit über 10 Jahren und vielleicht einer der besten Songs, den die Kalifornier je geschrieben haben!
Unterstützung haben sie sich dabei von Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music) geholt, der mit seinen unverwechselbaren Vocals als Backgroundgesang im Chorus zu hören ist.

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„In "Lights Out Little Hustler" geht es darum, sich emotional zu distanzieren und Hindernisse einzureißen, die Menschen davon abhalten, einem nahe zu sein,“ erklärt Frontmann Jason Beebout den Hintergrund des Songs. „Es geht um den Wunsch, geliebt zu werden, aber zu vergessen, wie man es zeigen kann. Zu wissen, dass das, was man hat, wichtig ist, aber zu viel Angst zu haben, es auch zu zeigen.“

Samiam dürfen gut und gerne als eine Emocore / Punkrock /Indie-Rock-Institution bezeichnet werden. Die Band wurde vor fast drei Jahrzehnten in Berkeley, Kalifornien, gegründet und prägte ihren einzigartigen Stil schon früh mit Bands wie Jawbreaker, Seaweed, Green Day und Bad Religion. Songs wie "Capsized" und "She Found You" sind fester Bestandteil des Emo/Punkrock Kanons. Samiam veröffentlichten acht Full Length Alben auf Genre-prägenden Labels wie Epitaph, Burning Heart Records, No Idea oder Side One Dummy Records. "Lights Out Little Hustler“ ist nun ihre erste Veröffentlichung auf Pure Noise Records.

Die Band, die 1988 von Jason Beebout (Gesang) und Sergie Loobkoff (Gitarre) gegründet wurde, besteht heute aus dem langjährigen Gitarristen Sean Kennerly sowie den jüngeren Mitgliedern Chad Darby (Bass) und Colin Brooks (Schlagzeug), die den ikonischen Sound der Band im Laufe der Jahre verfeinert haben und ihn heute noch genauso kraftvoll klingen lassen wie zu ihrer Blütezeit in den späten Neunzigern. Wenn überhaupt, dann klingen sie aktueller als je zuvor.

Samiam arbeiten aktuell an ihrem nächsten Studioalbum. Im Herbst 2022 werden sie an der Seite von Boysetsfire und Hot Water Music in Deutschland und Europa touren. Erste Shows der Tournee sind bereits ausverkauft.

04.10.2022 UK – London, Electric Ballroom
05.10.2022 BE – Antwerpen, Zappa
06.10.2022 NL – Amsterdam, Melkweg
07.10.2022 DE – Bochum - Ruhrcongress (UPGRADED)
08.10.2022 DE – Hannover, Capitol (SOLD OUT)
09.10.2022 DE – Berlin, Columbiahalle
10.10.2022 DE – Nürnberg, Löwensaal
11.10.2022 DE – München, Tonhalle
12.10.2022 AT – Wien, Gasoemter
13.10.2022 DE – Stuttgart, LKA-Longhorn
14.10.2022 DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
15.10.2022 DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof (SOLD OUT)
17.10.2022 DE - Köln, Gebäude 9 (Samiam Solo-Show)
18.10.2022 DE - Hamburg, Knust (Samiam Solo-Show)
Die Tour wird präsentiert von: Radio Bob, Morecore, Fuze Magazin, Visions,
Mehr Infos zur Tour: ​



21.09.2022 - 19:07

Yes, ein sehr schöner neuer Song!


07.02.2023 - 18:57- Newsbeitrag



Samiam have returned! Today the Oakland, CA punk legends have announced, Stowaway, their first new album in 12 years, due out March 31st via Pure Noise Records. The album picks up right where Samiam left off with all of the energy, melody, and pathos of their classic work, proving exactly why the group are still one of the most endearing and enduring punk bands of their generation.

To mark the album's announcement, Samiam have shared its first single "Crystallized." Bursting out of the gate with crunchy guitars and vocalist Jason Beebout's distinctly tuneful bellow, the track packs a massive chorus that's sure to please longtime fans and new listeners alike.

From forming in the Oakland DIY punk scene in 1988, to eventually experiencing the major label alt rock feeding frenzy of the 1990s first hand, Samiam have experienced countless ups and downs in their 30+ years as a band. But their output has always remained incredibly consistent and Stowaway is no exception. Recorded piecemeal in different studios throughout the challenges of the past few years, the album reflects Samiam's knack for turning difficult circumstances into anthemic singalongs. Stowaway may reckon with time, failure, and frustration but in classic Samiam fashion, the hard luck stories are delivered via some of the band's most energetic and hooky songs to date. "If you're lucky, you get this sort of sense when you're in a band that you're participating in something that's important to other people," explains guitarist Sergie Loobkoff. "And I still get that with Samiam." Stowaway might have been over a decade in the making, but it was well worth the wait.

Stowaway tracklist:
1. Lake Speed
2. Crystallized
3. Lights Out, Little Hustler
4. Shoulda Stayed
5. Shut Down
6. Scout Knife
7. Monterey Canyon
8. Natural Disasters
9. Stanley
10. Highwire
11. Something
12. Stowaway
Samiam wouldn’t be the same without a little bit of chaos. Over their three decades together, the Oakland, CA-based band have specialized in energetic hard luck songs that are as hooky as they are relatable, so perhaps it’s fitting that the creation of Stowaway, the band’s first new album in 12 years and their ninth full-length overall, wasn’t the easiest. But there are very few bands better at capturing the feeling of stumbling only to get up again, and on Stowaway, Samiam prove exactly why they remain one of the most endearing and enduring punk bands of their generation.

Forming in 1988, Samiam–whose current lineup includes longtime members Jason Beebout (vocals), Sean Kennerly (guitar), and Sergie Loobkoff (guitar), as well as newer additions Colin Brooks (drums) and Chad Darby (bass)–grew out of the DIY punk scene of 924 Gilman Street, experienced the major label alt rock feeding frenzy firsthand in the 1990s, and eventually slowed down in the 2000s. After the release of 2011’s Trips, the band didn’t quite break up and they continued to sporadically play shows, but the demands of life (not to mention all the members living in different parts of the country) put their songwriting process on quasi-hiatus. The years ticked by and it began to seem like there wouldn’t be new Samiam material–but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

“A very slow accretion of pressure over many years led to the decision to make a new record,” explains Kennerly. “We had been lazily working on a few new songs here and there for years–as far back as 2014, when we tried and failed to record a little demo after Riot Fest. But Sergie and I just kept writing the beginnings of songs and sending them around to everyone, and suddenly one day about four years ago we were like, ‘This is enough for an album!’” After joining up with Pure Noise Records, the band began to get more serious about polishing their material, booking time at Billie Joe Armstrong’s Otis Studio in Oakland and beginning to hammer out the initial recordings in February 2020. A month later the pandemic turned the world upside down, and like everyone, Samiam’s plans were once again on hold.

“We didn't have any idea then what was happening, when it was going to be over or whether it was going to just kill everyone and destroy the world,” remembers Kennerly. “It made the recording process take a ridiculously long time, even longer than the ridiculously long time that it was already taking.” Over many months, the group chipped away at the instrumentals, recording sporadically in various studios in various locations: Brooks found his way to Savaria Studios in Brooklyn, NY, where he recorded the drums with Jon Markson (Drug Church, Koyo, Soul Blind); Darby, Loobkoff, and Kennerly flew down to Gainesville, FL, to keep working on the song skeletons they’d started back in Oakland; eventually, it Beebout and Kennerly headed back to Otis to record vocals. “It was just Jason and I,” says Kennerly, “I was doing background vocals and Jason was doing main vocals, but he didn’t have any material. We were stuck. We’d gone through all of these hoops and hurdles, and there was nothing to record. We spent a week there and came back with nothing.” It was another discouraging false start, but Beebout was not deterred. “Maybe people over 50 in bands should admit that they’re probably too old to be in this business,” he says. “Most of them are–I’m not. I never worried whether or not I could sing. I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to.”

Kennerly and Beebout regrouped with engineer Scott Evans (Thrice, American Steel, Floor) at Antisleep Studios and began coaxing out vocal takes. “Everyone in the band was worried whether or not Jason would still be able to do it,” admits Kennerly, “because we hadn’t recorded anything in a decade. Like, did Jason still have the pipes for it? After our experience at Otis, we wondered whether he was nervous because he couldn’t sing anymore, but on the first day at Antisleep we recorded the first song ‘Lake Speed,’ and he did it all in one take and it was blisteringly great.” Loobkoff adds, “A lot of this band rests on Jason’s shoulders. Musically, for the other four of us, it’s easier than it is for him because it’s not coming out of our lungs and our hearts and our throats and our bodies like vocals are. He really has to pour his soul out.” After seemingly endless starts and stops, the arduous writing and recording process was finally done. “There were a lot of times when it seemed like it was just going to completely fall apart, and we wouldn't actually get everything done,” says Kennerly. “It would have probably been the end of the band if we hadn't pulled it together by the skin of our teeth, but we finally did and I think everyone was a little bit surprised.”

Perhaps even more surprising is the undeniably confidence of the final result. Stowaway seamlessly picks up where Samiam left off, with just as much energy, melody, and pathos as their classic works. From the bristling kineticism of opener “Lake Speed,” to the impassioned melancholy of the closing title track, the band sounds just as vital as ever. Kennerly and Loobkoff weave their dual guitar attack over Darby and Brooks’ taut rhythm section, while Beebout’s voice soars from one anthemic chorus to the next, his trademark tuneful grit still intact. But Stowaway isn’t about recapturing the past: the album is informed by the accumulation of experiences–good and bad–that comes from living full lives, especially if over 30 of those years were spent as working musicians. “From the biggest band to the smallest band, anyone that’s done this–toured and gone through the grief that a band brings–knows that it’s not fun all the time,” says Loobkoff. “It’s very unfun a lot of the time, and we don’t make enough money to make it worthwhile from a financial standpoint. Samiam is the most pure kind of band, where we do it because we have a love for the music and, for lack of a better term, the worldwide scene that we participate in. And it's sometimes still super fun, especially if we haven't played for a while, because it's great to see all four of the other guys.”

This tension between doing something that enriches your life and all of the roadblocks that get in the way is palpable throughout the lyrics on Stowaway. Kennerly describes the album’s themes bluntly: “Failure for sure. Tenacity in the face of continuing failure; failure to communicate, failure to succeed, failure to find meaning. Which is weird because it’s actually kind of an uplifting album as far as Samiam goes.” The record tracks the bluster of youth as it evolves into frustration, and eventually, the clarity that comes with age. “Crystallized” is a jittery surge of memories both sad and hopeful that reflects the band’s own experience, while the crunchy hooks of “Stanley” and “Shoulda Stayed” pack an extra dose of the wistful longing at which Samiam excels. On “Lights Out Little Hustler,” Beebout bellows “there’s always something in the way,” a line that mirrors the difficult path to making Stowaway. But once again Samiam pull off their magic trick of creating a defeated refrain that’s sure to be life affirming when shouted back at a show. “There's some relief or release that lets you find happiness inside of the sadness,” says Kennerly. “I think that's actually more generally what Samiam is about or why some people are drawn to our music.”

Loobkoff seems to echo this sentiment: that despite all the challenges of life, and certainly all the headaches of being in a band, connecting with people through music still supersedes all of the frustrations. “If you're lucky, you get this sort of sense when you're in a band that you're participating in something that's important to other people,” he says. “And I still get that with Samiam.”


07.02.2023 - 19:43

Längster Label-Begleittext ever?!


07.02.2023 - 20:32

Könnte man in Buchform veröffentlichen :-)

Bin gespannt. Die Vorabsongs sind ziemlich solide. Auf „Crystallized“ singt Jason etwas gar glatt, mit fehlt da der Samiam‘sche Weltschmerz etwas. Mal schauen was der Rest des Albums bringt.


09.02.2023 - 19:21

Eben tatsächlich zum ersten Mal gehört die neuen Songs. Irgendwie sonnig. Freut man sich auf den Frühling. Und in der Tat: bisschen anders klingt der Gesang. Stört aber nicht weiter.


22.02.2023 - 18:08- Newsbeitrag

Samiam have returned! The Oakland, CA punk legends recently announced, Stowaway, their first new album in 12 years, and today they're sharing another single from the record, "Monterey Canyon." Due out March 31st via Pure Noise Records, Stowaway picks up right where Samiam left off with all of the energy, melody, and pathos of their classic work, proving exactly why the group are still one of the most endearing and enduring punk bands of their generation.

"Monterey Canyon" follows previous singles "Crystallized" and "Lights Out, Little Hustler" (which garnered attention from the likes of Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, Exclaim, and more), and provides another blast of crunchy guitars and massive hooks. The driving new track finds Samiam still in top form, with all of the melancholy-yet-uplifting catharsis that the group have always excelled at.
Guitarist Sean Kennerly discussed the lyrics of "Monterey Canyon" saying: "This song is actually about parenting—octopus parenting that is. They recently discovered a deep sea octopus off the coast of California (in Monterey Canyon) who guards her brood of eggs without eating or leaving their side, nearly a mile beneath the surface, for a record 4 1/2 years—the longest known brooding period of any animal on earth. She basically just sits there guarding the eggs until they’re ready to hatch then she dies and floats off as they come to life. Is it a metaphor? Or an essentialization of the real sacrifices even human parents make in the chain of ongoing life? Or a kinda spooky ghost mom song about a deep sea octopus?"

Die nächste Ausgabe des Buches.


22.02.2023 - 19:18

puh, ich weiß ja nicht, klingt alles nett, harmlos und leider auch beliebig. keiner von den 3 Vorabsongs lässt mich Richtung Vinyl-Kauf schielen, da fehlt doch einiges.


22.02.2023 - 19:50

Geht mir ähnlich. Alle Songs ok, keiner zwingend. Hör ich gerne zwischendurch, aber werd ich mir kaum physisch zulegen.


23.02.2023 - 10:17

Zum Glück gibts Spotify ;-)


23.02.2023 - 10:58

Solea war doch mal ein Nebenprojekt von Samian, nicht?


23.02.2023 - 11:19

richtig, mit dem Sänger von Texas is the Reason und dem Überhit "Apotheke":


23.02.2023 - 19:26

Der neue Song gefällt mir am besten von den bisherigen. Interessante Anekdote dazu (Quelle: Visions):

Gitarrist Sean Kennerly kommentiert den neuen Song so: “In diesem Song geht es eigentlich um die Elternschaft – die Elternschaft von Oktopussen nämlich. Kürzlich entdeckte man vor der Küste Kaliforniens (im Monterey Canyon) einen Tiefseekraken, der seine Brut fast eine Meile unter der Oberfläche 4 1/2 Jahre lang bewacht, ohne zu fressen oder von der Seite zu weichen – die längste bekannte Brutzeit aller Tiere auf der Erde.”


23.02.2023 - 20:56

"Lights out..." bisher der stärkste Song.


24.02.2023 - 20:34

Also, mir macht's schon Spaß. Hatte jetzt auch vorm Klicken gar nichts anderes erwartet :).


15.03.2023 - 18:57- Newsbeitrag

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