Oh! No! (2009)
Dissonant, angular, very much in the veins of These Arms Are Snakes and later Refused, but at the same time a touch melodic…Sam Goodwill are good shit.
The Stampede EP could be ambient background music, but at the same time roart to the forefront and definitely grab your attention. There’s a mix of things going on here, including a definite soul, almost funk, influence that definitely separates them from a glut of other bands that try to mix post-rock and electronic. And I think that that’s why it works, being a vein of influence in there as opposed to a lot of bands I hear these days that claim a “soul” background but in reality, just rip on some Detroit rock riffs with the bass levels higher than usual for mainstream music.
Honestly, I don’t know how to just straight-up define Sam Goodwill, but I can say that I definitely like it. It’s easy to lose yourself in this as the whole thing flows, and not in a bad “every song sounds the same way”. Rather, it’s more of a hypnotic sound that draws you in and definitely grabs your attention.