No Idea Records
No Idea Release NIR-355
LP/CD Released: August 4, 2017
• We are pleased to announce this re-pressing of "Astray" worldwide... EXCEPT for North America! If you are in the USA or CANADA, please visit HOPELESS RECORDS here and check out their version of the album. That said, the Hopeless folks have kindly given us their blessing to sell a tiny handful within North America to COLLECTOR-NERD-COMPLETISTS. How cool is that? So... if that describes you, please order quickly. If you live in Europe, Japan, Australia, etc... order away!
If you live in the U.K. or Germany, please order the exclusive colors from:
• Unless You Try (U.K. Exclusive Blue/Gold split-color vinyl): here
• Flight 13 (German Exclusive Green/Purple split-color vinyl): here
• There were between 120 and 240 of each color pressed.
3. Super Brava
4. Mud Hill
10. Bird Bath
11. How Long
12. Why Do We
AllMusic review by Ron DePasquale: Samiam shows that a band can stay together for more than ten years, get dropped by a major label, and still put out a great record. Astray, the Berkeley, CA, band's sixth album, is vintage Samiam: staccato guitars that suddenly burst, emotional lyrics, and a tight, indie punk sound. Once again, the band continued to push the boundaries of melodic hardcore with Astray. Highlights include "Super Brava," "Calloused," and "Dull," the last a flowing song long enough to have different movements. A telling line: "I've had a lot of time to think, and I'm so tired of thinking/I know why he put that bullet in his skull/because life can be so dull." While the band's name is borrowed from Dr. Seuss, the music is more sophisticated than children's books, as well as most punk rock.