Death Of Samantha Release Album in February

Death Of Samantha If Memory Serves Us Well St. Valentine Records 11 February 2014

Underground-rock pioneers Death of Samantha will release their new first album in 24 years If Memory Serves Us Well  on February 11, 2014 via their revived  St. Valentine Records label. “If Memory Serves Us Well” is an 18-song double-album that was recorded live in the studio, the night before the band reformed in Cleveland, on December 23, 2011. These days the 1980s Indie/“College-rock” scene is often portrayerd primarily as the crucible in which Nirvana was conceived, nurtured and finally outgrew as they heralded the much more commercially successful “Alternative Rock” era. But in truth, the 80’s underground boasted a wealth of innovative, diverse and dynamic bands. While Death of Samantha played with Nirvana — and other notable groups of that epoch — the Cleveland quartet charted its own, intensely unique course in the American indie movement. “There were precious few combos birthed in the ’80s to whom THE SHOW was the thing.

From 1983 to 1990, Death of Samantha  — Doug Gillard, guitar-vocals; David James, bass-vocals; John Petkovic, vocals-guitar-clarinet; Steve-o, drums — released three acclaimed albums and an EP on Homestead Records, a NY-based imprint that pioneered the indie-rock sound.  Death of Samantha formed as a high school band, with its members ranging from 15 to 19 years old. DOS enjoyed one of rock’s most bizarre debuts ever — playing on chicken-wing night at a family restaurant called the Ground Round. The show led to a mini riot and the firing of Petkovic, who was working as a janitor there at the time. DOS was renowned for a wild stage show — which featured weird props and Steve-o popping out of coffins. DOS toured and performed with bands such as the Replacements, Sonic Youth, Gun Club and Iggy Pop. The Smashing Pumpkins opened for them.