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Since forming in 2008, Samoans have established themselves as one of Wales' up and coming talents, creating a collection of intricate, yet melodic songs, drawing influence from a range of different genres to carve out their own distinctive musical direction. They have worked relentlessly, booking their own tours, gradually building up a dedicated following in their very own niche of progressive rock. The band’s live shows are notorious for their energy, fretboard mastery and exhaustive drumming.
‘Rescue’ was written and conceived after Dan broke his back in December 2012. The band were unable to play together for a number of months but found the situation gave them impetus to explore a new direction and write an album. The isolation of writing and recording demos in the confinement of his flat helped Dan to test a new vocal approach which has given the album a more melodic and considered feel, leaving behind the math-laden sound that tended to prevail in the band’s earlier works and making way for a more expansive sound. Influences come from far and wide, as the band were listening to a lot of Oceansize, Nine Inch Nails, Dinosaur Jr, Mogwai and Reuben whilst writing and recording ‘Rescue’. The album was recorded in just five days by Todd Campbell of Straight Lines (who was the band’s first ever drummer) at Stompbox Studios in Pontyclun.
Rock Sound: “Carving a sound somewhere between 'Ideal Height'-era Biffy Clyro and a more expansive ASIWYFA-esque post-rock landscape, there's enough to entice fans of both the weird and the straightforward”.
Artrocker: "One of Cardiff's premier math-rock bands Samoans always manage to do themselves justice live. The band have somehow taken their tech led math-core out of the niche and into the proverbial living room of folk; it's a daring sound that splits away from the M.O.R. dregs of the commercial chart. On record they are big and bold but live they run at unparalleled breakneck speeds".
Zero Core: “Half hooks and guts, half introspective shoegaze. Stellar stuff all round on these five tracks, which is what you’d expect on a release from Taff taste-makers Barely Regal. It’ll be interesting to see how the band use the space of a long player to develop their sound”.
Buzz: Math-rock-based brilliance, it's like Biffy Clyro met the Foo Fighters and came up with the ultimate collaboration.
Wales Online/South Wales Echo: "The sound of a fight breaking out in someone’s front room...the progressive-rock trio pleased the room with sonic travels from speculative, dreamy chords to crunching distortion."
The Joy Collective: "Impassioned math-prog epics with echoes of the yearning heaviosity of Aereogramme in their best moments".
The Guardian: "Infectiously loud and exciting brand of rock music. a great choice to watch live".
Rocklouder: "Samoans assault us with an intricate, angular, mathy racket in such a casual manner it makes for a set that bewilders and dazzles in equal measure".
Punktastic: “Noodly math-rock bands may seem to be ten-a-penny nowadays, but this is a real breath of fresh air. Rather than the bombastic big choruses of their countrymen, they take a considered and meticulous approach to songwriting – it makes them dynamic and kinetic, constantly changing pace. A band that really should be on your radar".