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Samoans are a band from Cardiff, although none of the members originate from the city itself. Since forming in 2008 the band have established themselves as one of Wales' up and coming talents, creating a collection of intricate, yet melodic songs, drawing influence from bands such as Reuben, Maps & Atlases and Deftones.
They have worked relentlessly booking their own tours, gradually building up a dedicated following with their distinctive style of progressive math-rock. Live shows are notorious for their energy, fretboard mastery and exhaustive drumming.
2011 saw the band release their debut single ‘Somersault’ on Barely Regal Records with Strange News From Another Star. A second single followed on 49s versus Dolphins Records. The hard work and dedication to touring and consistent releases brought the attention of BBC Introducing who gave the band the opportunity to record their first BBC Radio 1 live session.
The bands third single, 'Catamaran' was released by Kissability Records (Transgressive Records/Jen Long – BBC Radio 1) in April 2012, followed by the addition of Chris Rouse (of Hold Your Horse Is) on drums. Performances at Reading & Leeds Festival and SWN Festival have proven the bands worth as a live act and the release of their long-awaited debut EP 'Elevated Reflections' in the September 2012 has been subject to critical acclaim, demonstrating intelligent song-writing and a markedly heavier direction from earlier material.
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".