Jason Beebout at a live EP recording session for Your Choice Records in 1991
|Origin||Berkeley, California, United States|
|Genres||Punk rock, emo, post hardcore (early)|
|Labels||New Red Archives
Your Choice Records
Burning Heart Records
No Idea Records
|Members||Jason Beebout (vocals)
Sergie Loobkoff (guitar)
Charlie Walker (drums)
Sean Kennerly (guitar/bass)
Billy Bouchard (bass)
|Past members||Ryan Sullivan (guitar, 1988-1989)
Johnny Cruz (drums)
James Brogan (guitar, 1988-2000)
Martin Brohm (bass, 1988-1993)
Aaron Rubin (bass, 1993-1997)
Jeremy Bergo (bass, 2006)
Mark Mortinsen (drums, 1988-1990/1993)
Dave Ayer (drums, 1990-1993)
Tré Cool, 1999 (drums)
Scott McPherson, 1999 (drums)
Victor Indrizzo, 1993-1995 (drums)
Davey Latter (drums, 1999)
Michael Petrak "MP" (drums, 1995-1999)
Formation and early years
Samiam was formed in late 1988 after the breakup of the Gilman club mainstay Isocracy. Their first show was in January 1989 with Christ on Parade. They released records through New Red Archives and Hopeless Records in the US and Burning Heart Records in Europe. 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 America, and Japan with Bad Religion, Green Day, The Toadies, Sense Field, blink-182, and Millencolin.
In late 2000, the band quietly ceased after supporting the Astray album. Despite what was initially to be a break up, they continued to tour abroad yearly (Europe three times, and South America) with occasional shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles. This led to the recording of the band's 7th album, "Whatever's Got You Down" in 2006. Samiam toured Europe 3 more times in 2006 and 2007 and played various US dates in 2008.
Samiam toured Australia in September 2009, together with the band A Death in the Family This was followed by eight shows in Gainesville, Florida in November 2009 and single shows in Santiago, Chile, San Miguel and Buenos Aires, Argentina and São Paulo, Brazil in December 2009. October 2010 brought them together again with A Death in the Family for a European and East Coast tour.
Samiam released Trips, their first album in 5 years, on September 6, 2011.
|Title||Date of Release||Record Label(s)|
|Samiam||1990||New Red Archives|
|Soar||1991||New Red Archives|
|Billy||1992||New Red Archives|
|Clumsy||August 23, 1994||Atlantic Records|
|You Are Freaking Me Out||June 12, 1997||Ignition Records / Burning Heart Records|
|Astray||August 29, 2000||Hopeless Records / Burning Heart Records|
|Whatever's Got You Down||September 26, 2006||Hopeless Records / Burning Heart Records|
|Trips||September 6, 2011||Hopeless Records|
EPs and compilations
|Title||Date of Release||Record Label(s)|
(*All songs also on Samiam)
|1989||New Red Archives|
|I am (EP)||1990||Lookout Records|
|Hardcore Breakout USA (v/a Comp)
|1990||New Red Archives|
demo songs from Billy, odds n' ends
|1991||Beri Beri Records - Europe|
|Very Small World (v/a Comp)
song: "At the Bottom"
|September 1991||Very Small Records
release No. 37 (VSR 14)
|Split w/ Jawbreaker
song: "Head Trap"
|1992||No Idea Records
7" came w/ No Idea Fanzine No. 10
||1992||Your Choice Records
|Faces The Facts w/ Eight Ball, Rise & ABS (split 7")||1992||OX Records|
|Don't Break Me (EP)||1992||New Red Archives|
|Ping Pong Gods
split w/ Garlic Frog Diet
|March 22, 1996||Cargo Germany|
|Hardcore Breakout USA Volume 2 (v/a Comp)
song: "Go Away"
|1995||New Red Archives|
split w/ Six Pack (part 4 of the Erase Yer Head split series)
|1997||Pandemonium Records (France)|
|She Found You (EP)||July 16, 1997||Ignition Records / Burning Heart Records|
|Factory (single)||1997||Ignition Records / Burning Heart Records|
|At War With Society (v/a Comp)
|1998||New Red Archives|
|Your Choice Live Series 037
split w/ Texas Is the Reason
|1999||Your Choice Records|
|Short Music for Short People
song: "Long Enough to Forget You"
|June 1, 1999||Fat Wreck Chords|
|Search & Destroy||August 23, 1999||Burning Heart Records|
|Mudhill (single)||2000||Hopeless Records|
|The New Red Years (Comp)
compilation of New Red Archives material
|April 11, 2000||Golf Records|
|Orphan Works (Comp)
compilation of b-sides, lives & rarities
|2010||No Idea Records / Unless You Try Records|
Past (and present) members of Samiam have been (or are) associated with the following bands:
- Green Day - Tré Cool
- Beck - Scott McPherson
- Elliott Smith (Touring) - Scott McPherson
- Solea - Scott McPherson
- Bright Eyes - Scott McPherson
- She and Him - Scott McPherson
- Beck - Victor Indrizzo
- Macy Gray - Victor Indrizzo
- The Fakers- Sean Kennerly
- Isocracy - Jason Beebout, Martin Brohm
- Knapsack - Sergie Loobkoff
- Limp - Johnny Cruz
- The Mr. T Experience - Aaron Rubin
- Screw 32 - Mark Mortinsen
- Social Unrest - James Brogan
- Solea - Sergie Loobkoff, Johnny Cruz
- Surrogate Brains - Johnny Cruz
- Sweet Baby - Sergie Loobkoff
- Sweet Baby Jesus - Sergie Loobkoff
- Split Lip - Charlie Walker
- Chamberlain - Charlie Walker
- Institute - Charlie Walker
- Oslo - Charlie Walker
- New End Original - Charlie Walker
- Dear Lions - Charlie Walker
- "Australian Tour 2009". samiam.de. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "Florida, South America and another Sergie L.A. art show - Samiam's MySpace Blog". myspace.com. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "south america, here we come! - Samiam's MySpace Blog". myspace.com. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "European and East Coast Tour". samiam.de. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "A DEATH IN THE FAMILY EUROPE TOUR WITH SAMIAM - Poison City Records". poisoncityrecords.com. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "Samiam to record later this year.". Punknews.org. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
- "Samiam detail 'Trips'.". Punknews.org. Retrieved July 12, 2011.