Sam Quinn

It’s easy to say Sam Quinn’s music is sad. When you dive below the surface, however, you’ll find beauty in his melancholy and heart on his sleeves approach to writing music.

At this point in my life, I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been married to a wonderful and beautiful woman for 12 years, I have three great kids, and live in the suburbs. I’m the god-damned American dream, but like most everybody else, I have had my heart broken. Listening to The Fake That Sunk 1,000 Ships takes me back to some traumatic days moping around a dorm room or apartment doing lord knows what to ease the pain. It’s a bit uncomfortable to revisit.

Quinn delivers ten true country tunes on his solo debut complete with steel, fiddle, and the sort. Some of the tunes that continue to stand out for me are “Late The Other Night, “Mardi Gras,” and “Gun”- a favorite of mine since our Live Session with The Everybodyfields.

While I still hold out hope that Andrews and Quinn find their way back to The Everybodyfields at some point, each of their solo work is doing more than enough to soften the blow.

Sam Quinn + Japan Ten – Suite Motown

Sam Quinn – Mardi Gras (HearYa Live Session version)

San Quinn – Gun (HearYa Live Session version)

Video: Sam Quinn + Japan Ten – Hello

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Sam Quinn sums up his style of music in the first 15 seconds of this video:

If you go up and cut somebody’s stomach with a knife, they’re probably going to remember that longer than if you give them a piece of gum.

We reported on Sam Quinn not too long ago and described the album as a devastatingly beautiful batch of sad songs. I was unaware of how intentional this was until watching this video that features a few of his new songs, some commentary on how shitty he hopes you feel, some great chew tin shooting, jogging with short shorts and a bunny mask, and some bold paraplegic wheelchair acting in the face of karma.

The video is incredibly weird.

I can’t tell if he’s serious or not in his quest to make us miserable. I love sad music, but not because I’m sad. I find it oddly uplifting to hear songwriting about someone that’s worse off than me. I don’t take Sam’s lyrics and make them my own thoughts. If I’m having a bad day at the office, I’ll play Sam Quinn on the way home because that bearded son of a bitch is always way worse off than me. Ahhhh. That feels better.

The Fake That Sunk 1,000 Ships is due out in May.

Sam Quinn – Suite Motown

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Sam Quinn is set to release his first solo album, The Fake That Sank 1,000 Ships, on May 11th via Ramseur Records (a HearYa label fav). We are digesting a promo copy of the album as we speak and it’s a devastatingly beautiful batch of sad songs. Quinn Put it best: “Pop songs are chemically engineered to make you feel great. ‚ These ones take a slightly different approach.”

Woody and I exchanged IM’s about the album and it went something like this:

Woody: Did you listen to Sam Quinn yet?
Oz: Not yet. Is it sad?
Woody: It’s not happy, that’s for damn sure. The pedal steel sweeping through each tune is enough to bring you to tears.
Woody: I want to get lost in his beard.
Oz: No shit. That thing is amazing. He looks like the lion from The Wizard of Oz. He makes Dan Auerbach look like Pee Wee Herman.
Oz: I think there’s a family of sparrows nesting in there somewhere.

The beard talk continued from there, but we should be ready to discuss the music on the album very soon. Before The Everybodyfields broke up we got a taste of Sam’s solo work in “Mardi Gras” and “Gun” in our HearYa Live Session with The Everybodyfields. Sam and Ramseur Records were also gracious enough to offer “Suite Motown” from the album to y’all.

Sam Quinn – Suite Motown

From the HearYa Live Session with The Everybodyfields:

Sam Quinn – Mardi Gras

Sam Quinn – Gun

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