Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Welsh Wednesday #77

Wearing Shorts In Scotland by Samoans

I once caught half a Samoans set, walking in on them supporting Future Of The Left. I wished I'd arrived a little earlier as they were pretty damn good. Critics-a-plenty have hailed the Cardiff quartet, citing comparisons such as the Deftones, Mogwai, Oceansize and Nine Inch Nails. Their early singles sounded more like Foals did around their first album. But the beefed-up sound of recent releases places them more firmly in post-rock territory than math-rock.

Wearing Shorts In Scotland is the epic closer on Samoans' debut (and so far only) album from 2014. Apart from it being a bloody good track, I thought of the strong Scottish blogging contingent who frequent these parts when I chose this one. Tell me guys - I can't imagine any nation that has the kilt as part of its national costume - with naff-all underneath - would be too bothered about wearing shorts. You'd consider it being overdressed, wouldn't you?

Anyway, I can certainly hear the Mogwai influence in this, plus more than a little Godspeed You! Black Emperor, I reckon. And there's still an element of Foals in there too, albeit the more recent Foals sound. Big.

1 comment:

  1. Have only ever worn the kilt on two occassions - both to weddings, neither of which were in Scotland. Shorts or the likes underneath are unnaceptable.

    Looking forward to playing this track