Samiam was formed in Berkeley, California late 1980s after the breakup of the Gilman club mainstay Isocracy. I know, "who?" but you need some sort of starting point, right? They have released indie records through New Red Archives, Hopeless Records, No Idea and Side One Dummy in the US and Burning Heart/Epitaph Records in elsewhere. In the mid-'90s, the band had two releases on major labels, Atlantic Records in 1994 and Ignition/Tommy Boy in 1997. This path achieved modest mainstream success; a video for "Capsized" gained a lot of airplay on MTV, they performed on The Jon Stewart Show in 1994 and the single "She Found You" garnered considerable radio play in 1998. The band toured extensively throughout Europe, North/South America and Japan with Bad Religion, Green Day, Texas is the Reason, Jawbreaker, The Toadies, Sense Field, blink-182, and Millencolin....name drop, name drop.
In late 2000, the band quietly disbanded after supporting the Astray album. Despite what was initially to be a break up, they continued to tour abroad yearly with occasional shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Clearly, the band has had a problem saying, 'no' to promoters. This led to the recording of the band's 7th album, "Whatever's Got You Down" in 2006. So much for sticking to the plan..you might say they never broke up but shifted from fulltime to parttime.
'Much more touring in Europe, South America and Australia followed and the band released 'Trips', their first album in 5 years, in September 2011. Guess what? More touring. Even a pair of eastern U.S. trips with Walter Shriefels and Less Than Jake repectively!
In 2010, the band started the painstaking task of wrangling their long out of print major-label opuses from the corporate vaults. To kick it off, they released a demos and rarities album from the period called, 'Orphan Works' on No Idea. Three years later, 1994's 'Clumsy' was released on vinyl on Sound the Siren Records and 1997's 'You Are Freaking Me Out' on No Idea. To celebrate, they popped over to Europe for Groezrock in April and will be playing Fest 11 in the fall. Around this time, a newly remixed/remastered version of that 2006 album, 'Whatever's Got You Down' will be released by Hopeless because alot of you didn't like the way it sounded the first time around.
Even if you don't like the band, they think you are swell anyway...that's just the way they are.