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Opening and closing with "Don't Break Me" and "At the Bottom" — two soaring anthems of alienation and anger — Billy brims with absolute frustration, which suits this aggressive (but agreeable) Berkeley, CA. outfit just fine. Though the production is as good and the musicianship as tight as previous efforts, Billy stands out simply because it has better songs, many of which seem tailor-made to the skate-punk teen: non-specific tales of isolation ("Well"), observant digs at the establishment ("Hey Brother"), and defiant statements of non-conformity ("Head Trip").


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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