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Astray (2000)

Artist: Samiam
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Format: CD
Sku: 60436645
UPC: 790692064724
UPC 14: 00790692064724
Release Date: 8/29/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sunshine ~ Samiam
2. Wisconsin ~ Samiam
3. Super Brava ~ Samiam
4. Mud Hill ~ Samiam
5. Parraffin ~ Samiam
6. Calloused ~ Samiam
7. Mexico ~ Samiam
8. Dull ~ Samiam
9. Curbside ~ Samiam
10. Bird Bath ~ Samiam
11. How Long ~ Samiam
12. Why Do We ~ Samiam

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Samiam: Jason Beebout (vocals); Sean Kennerly (guitar, bass, percussion, background vocals); James Brogan, Sergie Loobkoff (guitar); Johnny Cruz (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Jason White (background vocals).
Muze PNote Recorded at The Plant, Sausalito, California; Sharkbite, Oakland, California; Excello, Brooklyn, New York.
Muze PNote Personnel: Jason Beebout (vocals, background vocals); James Brogan, Sergie Loobkoff (guitar); Johnny Cruz (drums); Jason White (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Steve Revitte.
Muze PNote Recording information: Excello, Brooklyn, NY (04/2000-05/2000); Sergie's Extra Room (04/2000-05/2000); Sharkbite, Oakland (04/2000-05/2000); The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA (04/2000-05/2000).
Muze PNote Photographer: Brian Archer.
Muze PNote Samiam shows that a band can stay together for more than ten years, get dropped by a major label, and still put out a great record. Astray, the Berkeley, CA, band's sixth album, is vintage Samiam: staccato guitars that suddenly burst, emotional lyrics, and a tight, indie punk sound. Once again, the band continued to push the boundaries of melodic hardcore with Astray. Highlights include "Super Brava," "Calloused," and "Dull," the last a flowing song long enough to have different movements. A telling line: "I've had a lot of time to think, and I'm so tired of thinking/I know why he put that bullet in his skull/because life can be so dull." While the band's name is borrowed from Dr. Seuss, the music is more sophisticated than children's books, as well as most punk rock. ~ Ron DePasquale

Producer: Tim O'Heir

Engineer: Tim O'Heir

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Where Is My Mind
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 3-Hopelessly Devoted To Y
Muze Music Compilations Where Is My Mind

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/29/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 647
Music Label Name Label : Hopeless Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00790692064724

Professional Reviews

CMJ (8/28/00, p.23)
- "...Good, quality power-pop from a group that means every chord it bashes out."

NME (Magazine)
(2/17/01, p.45)
- 8 out of 10 - "...An untouchable punk rock pedigree....pop-speckled bittersweet hardcore executed with studied panache..."

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