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Astray
Samiam
Astray
Genre: Alternative Rock
 
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It's an old story now. Indie rock stalwarts slog it through the punk rock trenches, release a set of standout albums, build a loyal following, succumb to the temptations of a major-label record deal, then find that their m...  more »

     
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All Artists: Samiam
Title: Astray
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Release Date: 3/4/2008
Album Type: Import
Genre: Alternative Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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It's an old story now. Indie rock stalwarts slog it through the punk rock trenches, release a set of standout albums, build a loyal following, succumb to the temptations of a major-label record deal, then find that their major label is majorly ignoring them. Samiam has survived the ignominy of such a fate, indie cred intact, still finding the beating heart of punk rock pathos in their signature crunch and drive. Back where they belong (thank god!) on a small label, they almost sound gleeful on Astray's opening track, "Sunshine," which lopes along with a plinking guitar ditty before plunging into a massive riff backed with throaty vocals. They seem so happy to be home again after wandering the corporate desert they practically turn back the clock to heady times of punk rock past. "Mexico" would fit right in on the shelf next to early Soul Asylum, and "Mud Hill" could be a long lost Angry Samoans track, harkening back to a day before the great unwashed hordes of indie musicians wouldn't shake hands with a suit, much less ink a deal. Original? No. Kick-ass? Sure. Tod Nelson

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CD Reviews

Astray, not ashtray
Kevin Demars | Milwaukee, WI USA | 01/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I got into these guys after Billy came out and they've never let me down. Much of this album has a very youthful feel, but for the most part deals with very mature subjects. Jason's lyrics have always been pretty basic while still maintaining a sense of depth and slight mystery at the same time. A few tracks on this album explore a slightly mellow side as where others are more in your face then anything off of their previous two albums. I'm not even into this kind of music anymore, but they are one of those bands that I would never leave behind. There was something more to them than most punk bands, yet trying to label that would take the fun out of it. They will always be one of my favorite bands. Nostalgia treats me well and these guys bring it out.

standout tracks:
Mexico
Calloused
Dull"
Just great music
Daniel Charles Hein | Huntington Beach, CA USA | 10/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You cannot go wrong really with any Samiam album. This may very well be my favorite though. Which is really kind of sad that a band that was still making great music after several albums had to break-up. These guys sometimes get that "emocore" label, but that kind of makes me think of some kind of whiney kids music. This is well played music with some excellent lyrics. Jason Beebout (vocals) is one of my favorite lyricists. I hope he finds himself a new band one of these days. If you are interested in Samiam, this is probably as good as any album to start with. Just emotionally charged well played rock/punk without being whiney or superficial."