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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Sydney-based five piece Sampson have unveiled their new single, Hold Me Back. The band will launch the single with a performance at Sydney's Waywards tomorrow night.

Threading together psych-rock sonics with indie-pop sensibilities, the atmospheric track conceptually explores the ebb and flow of relationships and the variables that influence and change them. The ambitious track showcases the bands continuous compositional growth, with frontman Daniel Hockey's mesmerising vocals cutting through the scintillating soundscape.

Speaking of the tracks sonics, the band share: “With this track we wanted to do something a bit more upbeat. The song evolved from a syncopated Disco loop in the verse, to the more Strokes-esque guitar riffs in the chorus.” They continue, “This song is probably our most adventurous production yet and contains a bunch of weird sounds. The most bizarre being the riser in the pre-chorus which is actually a sample of a dying whale that we messed around with.”

Made up of Hockey, Joel Morrow (lead guitar), Sam Langley (synth) and the Sampson twins; Matthew (bass, BVs, synth) and Brendan (drums), the five-piece dropped their debut EP When I Went To Space in 2019. Sampson take their influence from psych-rock luminaries Tame Impala and Methyl Ethel, fusing psychedelic threads within their compositions, whilst creating genre-defying soundscapes.

Hold Me Back is out now! Listen to the track below.


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