Sam Sarah

The Mermaid Lounge

December 27, 2003

Sam Sarah were extremely tight. Their focus was squarely on the music, with the vocals floating in and out of the verses and choruses. This was a plus, as their hushed phrases added a psychedelic and sensual feel. Actually, the band at one point asked the club to turn down the lights onstage to make it “sexier.”

Hum is the band’s favorite group, so it was no surprise they had the same mature sense of dynamics. Sam Sarah were just as likely to deafen the room with a smashed upon ride cymbal as they were to use the bass guitar and a rim shot-driven groove by the drummer. The drummer was the MVP of the performance, as his brisk movements and powerful fills and energy added much to the experience.

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