After a 27-year hiatus, melodic punk/post-hardcore band, Samuel, reformed as Samuel S.C., the added initials reflecting a change in personnel and a nod to the group’s original home of State College, PA.
Known for their beloved mid-90s seven-inch EPs and split with Texas Is The Reason, Samuel rose from the ashes of singer Vanessa Downing’s previous band, Junction, and was one of the flagship bands of drummer Eric Astor’s legendary label Art Monk Construction. Both the band and label relocated to DC in 1995, then split before recording an anticipated full length. Between 2019 – 2021, four of the five geographically scattered-but-still-close longtime friends revisited and reconstructed older songs, crafted a few new ones, and finally made their debut LP High Places, released on Org Music in early 2023, along with a compilation of their early material, titled 94-95.
Continuals are three human friends who have been in a bunch of other bands before this one, most notably Kerosene 454, Alarms and Controls, The Most Secret Method, Office of Future Plans, Hunger Artist, Soccer Team, and Channels. Darren Zentek plays drums. Michael Honch plays bass. Ryan Nelson plays guitar and “sings.” Their live show features 35 minutes of music crammed into a half hour. They do what they want.
The Damnits embody the spirit of mid-west rock and roll. The mid 90’s had seen a metamorphasis in Rock music and Bob Damnit began writing music that would tell the story of a generation. A generation sandwiched between East and West Coast music cultures, between baby boomers and gen-exers. At that crossroads are Columbus Ohio and the unmistakable sound of the Damnits.
Feral Vices constantly strives to break the mold while providing riffs you can bang your head to.