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Album Review

Compared to the pop and polish of its later releases, Samiam is barely recognizable on its self-titled debut. The sound is raw and angry, highly influenced by hardcore. But Jason Beebout's lyrics, though more cryptic than his later works, distinctly place Samiam in the realm of emocore. Instead of making broad political statements, like the early-'80s hardcore bands, Beebout turned inward, while the music stayed fast and furious — still a novel concept on the West Coast in 1989. A sample line from "The Bridge": "My bridge is too unstable, the insecurity is letting go." Some of these songs later appeared on the collection The New Red Years.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in California

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Part of the Bay Area punk revival of the late '80s and early '90s, Samiam specialized in the catchy, anthemic punk-pop typical of the Warped Tour crowd, but separated themselves with a greater debt to hardcore and a more introspective lyrical bent that won over emo audiences. Formed in 1988, most of the band's founding members had played in other Berkeley-area punk groups: vocalist Jason Beebout had been in Isocracy with bassist Martin Brohm; guitarist Sergie Loobkoff had been a drummer for Sweet...
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