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Jason Beebout at a live EP recording session for Your Choice Records in 1991
Background information
Origin Berkeley, California, United States
Genres Punk rock, emo, post hardcore (early)
Years active 1988–present
Labels New Red Archives
Atlantic Records
Hopeless Records
Your Choice Records
Burning Heart Records
No Idea Records
Website myspace
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)
Lee Hartney (Guitar, 1999)
Michael Petrak "MP" (drums, 1995-1999)
Sergie Loobkoff at a live EP recording session for Your Choice Records in 1991.

Samiam is a punk/emo band from Berkeley, California, active since 1988.


  • History 1
    • Formation and early years 1.1
    • Later years 1.2
  • Discography 2
    • Albums 2.1
    • EPs and compilations 2.2
  • Related bands 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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.

Later years

In late 2000, the band quietly ceased after supporting the Astray album. Despite what was initially to be a breakup, 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[1] This was followed by eight shows in Gainesville, Florida in November 2009[2] and single shows in Santiago, Chile, San Miguel and Buenos Aires, Argentina and São Paulo, Brazil in December 2009.[3] October 2010 brought them together again with A Death in the Family for a European and East Coast tour.[4][5]

Samiam released Trips, their first album in 5 years, on September 6, 2011.[6]



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[7] September 6, 2011 Hopeless Records

EPs and compilations

Title Date of Release Record Label(s)
Underground (EP)
(*All songs also on Samiam)
1989 New Red Archives
I am (EP) 1990 Lookout Records
Hardcore Breakout USA (v/a Comp)
song: "Underground"
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
Stump (EP)
1992 Blackbox
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)
song: "Underground"
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

Related bands

Past (and present) members of Samiam have been (or are) associated with the following bands:


  1. ^ "Australian Tour 2009". Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Florida, South America and another Sergie L.A. art show - Samiam's MySpace Blog". Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "south america, here we come! - Samiam's MySpace Blog". Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "European and East Coast Tour". Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "A DEATH IN THE FAMILY EUROPE TOUR WITH SAMIAM - Poison City Records". Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Samiam to record later this year.". Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Samiam detail 'Trips'.". Retrieved July 12, 2011. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Official MySpace page
  • videos
  • Interview with Sergie Loobkoff on Scanner zine, 2010
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