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Album Review

Kings of the Island Empire is yet another Sammy release that reveals far too much of an uninspired Pavement fascination — the 4 tracks on this EP might not be quite as derivative as Debut Album, but that's only because the band winds up falling back on conventional and rather banal indierock moves much of the time. It sounds fine, of course — and as of 1994, Pavement imitation wasn't quite as horrible of a thing as it was later on in Sammy's career — but fans of this sort of sloppy rock would be far better off with the genuine article, or at least a more inventive follower.


Formed: Aguascalientes, Mexico

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Sammy, the heavily Pavement-inspired partnership of guitarist Luke Wood and guitarist/vocalist Jesse Hartman, released three albums before calling it quits. Debut Album, issued in 1994, and Kings of the Island Empire, issued in 1995, were both put out by Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley's Smells Like Records and featured drummer Tony Maxwell. Their final full-length, Tales of...
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