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Salad Days Magazine | May 29, 2023

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Samiam share new song ‘Monterey Canyon’

Samiam share new song ‘Monterey Canyon’
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First new album in 12 years ‘Stowaway’ due out 03/31 via Pure Noise Records.

Samiam have returned! The Oakland, CA punk legends recently announced, ‘Stowaway’, their first new album in 12 years, and they’re sharing another single from the record, ‘Monterey Canyon’. Due out March 31st via Pure Noise Records, ‘Stowaway’ picks up right where Samiam left off with all of the energy, melody, and pathos of their classic work, proving exactly why the group are still one of the most endearing and enduring punk bands of their generation. ‘Monterey Canyon’ follows previous singles ‘Crystallized’ and ‘Lights Out, Little Hustler’ and provides another blast of crunchy guitars and massive hooks. The driving new track finds Samiam still in top form, with all of the melancholy-yet-uplifting catharsis that the group have always excelled at.

photo credit: Austin Rhodes

Guitarist Sean Kennerly discussed the lyrics of ‘Monterey Canyon’ saying:
“This song is actually about parenting—octopus parenting that is. They recently discovered a deep sea octopus off the coast of California (in Monterey Canyon) who guards her brood of eggs without eating or leaving their side, nearly a mile beneath the surface, for a record 4 1/2 years—the longest known brooding period of any animal on earth. She basically just sits there guarding the eggs until they’re ready to hatch then she dies and floats off as they come to life. Is it a metaphor? Or an essentialization of the real sacrifices even human parents make in the chain of ongoing life? Or a kinda spooky ghost mom song about a deep sea octopus?”

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