Astray CD (2000)

Artist: Samiam

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Label Hopeless Records
SKU 60436645
UPC 790692064724
UPC 14 00790692064724
Format CD
Release Date 8/29/2000
Author Samiam
Technical Info
Engineer Tim O'Heir
Producer Tim O'Heir
CatalogID 647
Lable Name Hopeless Records
Released 08/29/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 52s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00790692064724
Album Notes and Credits
Samiam: Jason Beebout (vocals); Sean Kennerly (guitar, bass, percussion, background vocals); James Brogan, Sergie Loobkoff (guitar); Johnny Cruz (drums).
Additional personnel: Jason White (background vocals).
Recorded at The Plant, Sausalito, California; Sharkbite, Oakland, California; Excello, Brooklyn, New York.
Personnel: Jason Beebout (vocals, background vocals); James Brogan, Sergie Loobkoff (guitar); Johnny Cruz (drums); Jason White (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Steve Revitte.
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).
Photographer: Brian Archer.
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
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..."
Disc 1
1 Sunshine
2 Wisconsin
3 Super Brava
4 Mud Hill
5 Parraffin
6 Calloused
7 Mexico
8 Dull
9 Curbside
10 Bird Bath
11 How Long
12 Why Do We

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