Formed in 2008, Cardiff-based four-piece Samoans have been steadily building a dedicated fan base and spreading their own sublime take on progressive rock in anticipation of the release of their debut album Rescue.
Released on 14th July via Apres Vous Records (Hold Your Horse Is) on 12” vinyl and download, Rescue sounds far more confident than a debut has any right to be.
Like a more considered coalescence of Deftones, Biffy Clyro and Oceansize, Samoans debut album is a compelling and often positively beguiling collection of 10 tracks, with sparse vocals and beautiful arrangements.
Written after frontman Daniel Barnett broke his back, the debut album heralds a change of direction into slightly gentler territory than their previous math-rock single and EP releases. Being unable to play together whilst Daniel recuperated actually encouraged the band to explore a more melodic and expansive sound.
I Am Your Density (which can be heard below and will be available as a free download in July) is driven by a hypnotic 3-note bass line and ethereal vocal before exploding into an anthemic gut punch of a chorus.
“I remember waking up with this bass line in my head and instantly started writing what would become I Am Your Density,” says Daniel. “I’ve never written a song so quickly before. Everything just fell in to place and it’s probably our collective favourite on the album.”
They’ve also unveiled a music video for Dancing on the Sea Lion, a track which Daniel describes as something that they wouldn’t have been able to write in days gone by. “I think we got caught up in trying to over-complicate certain songs in the past. Having the time out to reflect on this, I thought it was time to embrace simplicity.”
The band have a number of live dates on the horizon, including a tour with Olympians and a performance at the UK’s premier festival for post/math/noise rock loving beard strokers, ArcTanGent.
Samoans UK Tour with Olympians begins at The Flapper in Birmingham on 22nd June. You can pre order the album Rescue here.Tagged in: Apres Vous Records (Hold Your Horse Is), Daniel Barnett, I Am Your Density, Rescue, Samoans
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