Posted by: will | December 7, 2006



Samiam “Whatever’s Got You Down” (Hopeless)

Buy it at Insound!

So, yeah, I’m biased. Samiam are one of my top ten favorite bands of all time. I have loved everything this band has done and frankly, the band’s seventh album Whatever’s Got You Down is no exception. It’s a damn good album that sounds that much sweeter considering it is the band’s first album since 2000’s exceptional Astray. There is not too much that has changed throughout the band’s 18-year existence. The band plays classic melodic pop-punk and they are quite simply one of the genre’s greats.

As the opening notes ring out on Whatever’s Got You Down there is one noticeable difference. The album’s raw production is certainly different than the band’s last three albums which all were a bit cleaner sounding. While it takes a few listens, I have come to embrace the production as a sign the band refuses to go the way of many of their peers into more slick production techniques. I think it actually ends up adding a whole lot of heart and muscle to the band’s already melodically inclined music.

I could write paragraphs outlining each track here. But, the fact of the matter is Whatever’s Got You Down sounds beautifully familiar in only a way Samiam can do it. If you know and admire this band as much as I do then you will no doubt fall in love with them all over again. If you don’t know Samiam yet…well, where the hell have you been for the last 18 years?

Samiam is just one of those bands. I can’t explain it. The band hits me just right. You can brush the band aside as being pop-punk or emo or whatever but they are so much more than that. Samiam formed when I was 10 years old. I am now 28. But, the heart, emotion and sincerity of Samiam still means so much after all these years.

RIYL: Jawbreaker, Face To Face, Hot Water Music


Samiam – Do You Want To Be Loved (mp3)

Samiam – Get It Right (mp3)

Samiam – Come Home (mp3)

Samiam – Storm Clouds (video)

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