Off the Record, The Sammies

Off the Record

Part "Storytellers," part concert, part fireside chat... all good. Join Creative Loafing's Music Editor, Jeff Hahne for OFF THE RECORD; a monthly music event combining performances with live interviews to give music fans an inside look at bands, their music and inspirations.

A monthly songwriter showcase, Jeff Hahne will interview area artists about their songwriting process and music in between acoustic versions of their songs. (This is not limited to Charlotte-based musicians.)

The Sammies

The Sammies like to share. They have a little bit for everyone- whether your taste is for indie, garage, post punk or roots rock and roll- they'll give you a bite. The sound is as varied as its influences, but based in raw, unpretentious charm that only boys born and raised in the South have got a handle on. Co-founded by frontman Frank Backgammon and younger brother, drummer Donnie Yale, The Samm
ies grew up in rural Wadesboro, NC. As the band began to gig locally they picked up close friend and guitarist Bobby Freedom. They caught the ear of MoRisen Records, who quickly signed the band and soon had them in the studio recording their debut. Produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, The Breeders), the album reached the Top 5 on four of CMJ's music charts and secured licensing deals for several major motion pictures and multiple TV series. Yet it's their live shows that have helped the band develop a rabid fan base. "We could power small cities with all the energy that is gathered at our live shows," says Backgammon. "They're loud, spastic and at times, semi-possessed." It's that attitude that The Sammies aim to capture on their sophomore effort, Sandwich. Recorded at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium where R.E.M., Pavement and Wilco have recorded, Sandwich draws from the band's multitude of influences. With the latest release, out September 23, The Sammies move forward with a slightly different lineup adding bassist Conrad Vacation, another longtime friend. Fred Mills of Blurt calls them, "Quite possibly the best band currently operating in North Carolina. Their live shows are pure firestorms."


In early 2013, members of the groups The Spiveys and Transmission Fields came together to form the band pilot/copilot in Charlotte, NC. Their music combines elements of the mid 90's lofi rock movement with bits of post-rock experimentation and powerpop. One of the goals of a pilot/copilot performance is to provide the audience with a little sonic variety in the form of acoustic guitars, clean electric guitars, sickly distorted guitars, synths, pretty singing, ugly screaming, booming bass, and mathy drums. They are currently working on their debut CD which is set to be released later this year.

$5.00 - $7.00


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