Einlass 20 Uhr
Samiam are an post punk/indie rock institution. Forming in Berkeley, California, almost three decades ago, the group molded their unique style playing early on with bands like Jawbreaker, Seaweed, Green Day and Bad Religion. Over the years, they had mainstream radio play with songs like “Capsized” and “She Found You”, released eight full-length albums and continue to play to passionate fans all over the world. Started by Jason Beebout (vocals) and Sergie Loobkoff (guitar) in 1988, the band’s current lineup also features longtime guitarist/vocalist Sean Kennerly as well as more recent additions of bassist Chad Darby and drummer Colin Brooks. They have refined their brand of post-hardcore/alternative/emo/indie rock over the years and are just as powerful now as they were during their heyday in the late nineties. If anything, they sound more relevant than ever before.
Samiam’s story starts at 924 Gilman Street immediately following the breakup of Beebout’s band, Maximum Rocknroll magazine poster brats, Isocracy. “It seemed like a lot of bands broke up around the same time and there were all these people at Gilman with ideas of starting new bands with each other,” Beebout recalls. “Operation Ivy had broken up around that time and started Rancid and I started talking to Sergie and about what I wanted to do.” The duo shared a love of bands Short Dogs Grow, Hüsker Dü, Sonic Youth and The Doughboys, however Samiam didn’t end up sounding quite like any of those groups...or anyone else for that matter. Pop melodies and punk riffing were the perfect backdrop for Beebout’s instantly recognizable voice, belted over dramatic dueling guitars and urgent drumbeats that soon made them a local club favorite. With the release of 1990’s Samiam, 1991’s Soar and 1992’s Billy on New Red Archives the group soon became international sensations. In 1994 when East Bay Punk was exploding into the mainstream, Samiam caught the attention of Atlantic Records and signed a multi-record deal.