Cardiff-based four-piece Samoans have announced the release of debut album ‘Rescue’, available on 12" vinyl + download via Apres Vous Records (Hold Your Horse Is), on 14th July, 2014. The band have a number of live dates on the horizon, including a tour with Olympians and a performance at ArcTanGent festival. They’ve also unveiled a music video for ‘Dancing On The Sea Lion’, a track which frontman Daniel Barnett 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 overcomplicate certain songs in the past. Having the time out to reflect on this, I thought it was time to embrace simplicity. The music video was shot where Calvin grew up in The New Forest; his parents and his dog both have cameos too.”
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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.
July 2nd - Leicester TBC w/ Olympians
July 3rd - London TBC w/ Olympians
August 16th – New Age Festival
August 30th – ArcTanGent Festival
October 18th – Carefully Planned Festival, Manchester
Daniel Barnett: Vocals/Guitar/Piano # Calvin Ley: Bass # Chris Rouse: Drums # Oliver Miles: Guitar