Coming out of Berkeley, California in the late '80's, Samiam helped spark a craze that fused alternative college rock with punk ethics, fastening their legitimacy onto the '90's indie music scene with several well-received records (Clumsy, You Are Freaking Me Out). While they never reached the mainstream level of success they hoped to achieve after releasing two major-label efforts, the band had a devoted following until quietly ending things in 2000. The group did reform in 2006, however, for one more album before in-fighting and creative differences pushed them back into futility. A new album was rumored to be in production last spring, although there has been no firm evidence to clarify whether or not it will ever be released. Their aggressive, honest and raw sound made them one of the more vastly-overlooked bands from their era, and while you might not immediately recognize their songs, you are sure to spot their influence in many modern-day bands. Share your favorite memories of Samiam in the replies, or if you aren't familiar with their work, come see why the band is sorely missed.
Love these guys, they were playing right down the street during the Gig Life tour and half of everyone went to go see them, I however was too busy drinking at the pinball place to remember to go. I suck.
I love all of their records. "Sunshine" and "Dull" are two of my favorite songs of all-time. Unfortunately, I didn't get into these guys until a few years back, when I was in college but...
It's a shame that "She Found You" was never on a movie soundtrack, and seeing these guys at the Fest this year was a truly memorable experience for me. A truly important band in "punk" rock, bridging the gap between "pop-punk" and "alternative/indie" in an honest, rough-around-the-edges manner.