With their excellent debut album Rescue, Samoans captivated us with a fresh combination of dreamy vocals, soothing guitar melodies and occasional bursts of raw energy. Just off the back of their recent headline UK tour, we caught up with drummer Chris Rouse to find out more about the band, and to find out – among other things – what happens when you get caught doing the no-trousers-boogie at one of their shows.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Loud Quiet Songs.
How did you all meet?
Dan [Barnett, vocals/guitar] and Calv [Ley, bass] met at a party a long long time ago. After a few different drummers left/were fired from the band they decided that I’d be a good replacement. We then made an album and decided that Ollie [Miles, guitar] should join to help do the new songs justice.
What made you want to start a band?
Watching bands and music videos as a kid thinking that looks cool! I want to do that.
Why did you choose Samoans as a band name?
It’s a hard name to change into an insult.
Where did you grow up? Do you think it has affected your sound in any way?
I grew up in Frimley, which is a very small town. We were really lucky to have an awesome local scene including Reuben, Hundred Reasons, Vex Red. So that very much shaped my tastes.
I think Cardiff – where Dan Calv and Ollie are from – has definitely influenced our sound as there’s a good scene there too. Having great local music does help you up your game a bit.
So far, what has been the best thing that’s happened being in Samoans?
We did a great tour with No Devotion last year, and that really opened up some doors for us. We got a great agent who’s really on board with our plans. Aside from that, Ollies parents making us rad cooked breakfasts on tour has been awesome!
Who would your dream support slot be with?
Nine Inch Nails or Deftones would be pretty sweet.
What’s been the funniest show you’ve ever played?
We played A Carefully Planned all day-er in Manchester in 2014, a couple were full on hands-in-pants getting each other off…everyone could see it. We finished a song
and said well done to them…the girl came up to the stage and shouted over the mic “HE JUST PROPOSED, WE’RE IN LOVE, SO WE CAN DO WHAT WE FUCKING WANT” They later got thrown out for having sex in the toilets! Stay classy Manchester!
What’s next for the band?
We’re recording demos for our 2nd album at the moment, which we’re aiming to get out ideally towards the end of the year. Aside from that, we’ve got some awesome festivals to play this summer including 2000 Trees and Isle Of Wight.
What band should everybody know about?
Down I Go. They have an album coming out this year. They are awesome and sound like nothing else I’ve heard in ages. Go watch the video for Poseidon.
Tell us a joke.
What do we want?
A cure for Tourette’s
When do we want it?
Rescue by Samoans is out now on Apres Vous. While the band are working on their second full-length release, you can check out, buy and download all their previous releases over on their Bandcamp page.