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Samiam

Samiam: AstrayAstray (2000)
Hopeless Records

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Contributed by: ChrisGorman2Chris Gorman
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What is this band,anyway, how do you catagorize a band like this? I hate to call them emo or emo-core, because that doesn't tell us anything. It seems like every band is considered emo these days, from Dashboard Confessional to Fugazi from Snapcase to A New Found Glory. So I wont call this band emo..
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What is this band,anyway, how do you catagorize a band like this? I hate to call them emo or emo-core, because that doesn't tell us anything. It seems like every band is considered emo these days, from Dashboard Confessional to Fugazi from Snapcase to A New Found Glory. So I wont call this band emo. Samiam are a hybrid of punk, stadium rock, emo, hardcore and indie rock. On their newest album "Astray" we find Samiam's most solid effort to date. Listening to a band like this is like a breath of fresh air. In a punk scene dominated by immature pop-punk like Good Charlotte, Fenix TX and Sum 41, its good to hear a band that means what they say. The first song "Sunshine" is a highlight on the CD, a great altena-rock song. This song would sound good in an arena or in an intimate club setting. Other good tunes include "Mud Hill", "Calloused", "Mexico", and the ultra emotional "Why Do We". The latter is a pavement-style indie rocker until the heavy chorus seemingly comes out of left field, knocking you on your arse if you aren't expecting it. Like most of the songs on the album, the lyrics are far from cheery. Vocalist Jason Beebout seems like a pretty tortured guy, although if you read the bio on the Samiam website, he comes off as pretty goofy. Either way, the lyrics tend to be honest and sad, and at times, you almost want to cry for this guy. This is a CD that would sound at home on modern rock radio, yet this band exudes so much more "punkiosity" then most radio-friendly pop-punk acts. This is a band that has payed its dues, so do your ears and their wallets a favor, and purchase this album, perhaps one of the best "emo" (ugh) albums ever released.

 

 
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FromAbove (December 20, 2011)

Dull is an awesome song. Just saying

PaulPendley (February 17, 2011)

One of the finest punk rock records of all time.

ickefes (November 11, 2010)

I am listening to the opening track Sunshine and I must say that it really is amazing. I creates pictures in my mind and also emotions which is always a good sign of a good song.

Apeman_on_the_moon (December 31, 2008)

Wow, I am the biggest dumbass in the world. I was listening to Hey Mercedes when I thought I was listening to Samiam for the first time. Zoinks!

Apeman_on_the_moon (December 31, 2008)

Lead singer sounds A LOT like B. Nanna.

Rawls_with_Balls (June 19, 2007)

hey, a review that's medium length!

stevejonestherealbones (October 21, 2005)

hey a review thats short

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

pelleplutt (August 17, 2004)

The songs on this album stick to tour mind much easier than their previous stuff. I think this is their best album.

beitO (July 23, 2003)

SAMIAM IS EVERYTHING!

1000000 stars

coldjuly (September 9, 2001)

Not Samiam's best by far...the first 3 billy, soar and clumsy kick this albums ass..even though its good..dosent live up to their previous material at all. And if your gonna catagorize them..well dont catagorize them..they're just Samiam and thats it.

Anonymous (August 21, 2001)

Samiams best album ever!

Anonymous (May 9, 2001)

I like to think of them as Bob Mould meets Face To Face.

Well, it's better than calling them emo-core.

Anonymous (May 8, 2001)

hey a review thats not short

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