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Ep. 033: Samiam w/ Sergie Loobkoff

By Mike Doyle

Welcome everyone to This Was The Scene, the podcast that takes a look back at the late 90s / early 2000 Punk scene, I am your host, Mike Doyle. Samiam was formed in late 1988 after the breakup of the Gilman club mainstay Isocracy. Their first show was in January 1989 with Christ on Parade. They released records through New Red Archives and Hopeless Records in the US and Burning Heart Records in Europe. In the mid-'90s, the band had two releases on major labels, Atlantic Records in 1994 and Ignition/Tommy Boy in 1997. This path achieved modest mainstream success; a video for "Capsized" gained a lot of airplay on MTV, they performed on The Jon Stewart Show in 1994 and the single "She Found You" garnered considerable radio play in 1998. The band toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Japan with Bad Religion, Green Day, The Toadies, Sense Field, blink-182, and Millencolin. I got an intro to Sergie from Rob LWL and we set up a late Thursday call in August. Side note, check out his design work here - Here's what we talk about: His love of the Jersey accent Our very long ramble about interviews Not having any aspirations to be in a band What was the San Francisco scene like How he and Jason started Samiam Tres Cool being in the band but not being in the band What was Samiam’s following like What it was like being on a major label Their song being on Harvesting the Crust What did they write about Joining Knapsack Touring with At The Drive-In right before they broke up And a ton more Before we begin, my old band Lanemeyer has our first EP Stories For The Big Screen available on vinyl. The record was put out by iSurrender Records. It’s green vinyl with an etching of GOD I MiSS yOU GOD I MISS THIS PLACE on one side and we are doing a Black Friday Sale. Here are the details: 20% Off Promo Code - SURRENDER2018 Must be entered at checkout to receive discount Valid on the entire store Active from 11/22 12AM - 11/26 11:59PM (this covers Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Weekend, and Cyber Monday) Just go to and scroll down until you see the Lanemeyer cd artwork. Click on it and purchase. This week’s episode sponsored by Southern Tier Distilling Company. Building on 300+ years of western NY spirit production, Southern Tier Distilling Company puts that heritage into every bottle. Now, expanding their market to NJ, DE, and Ohio, more of us can enjoy these premium spirits such as STDC’s Straight Bourbon, Silver Medal Award-winning Vodka, Smoked Bourbon and their 2XHopped Whiskey (a whiskey distilled from their gold medal winning 2XIPA) In addition to their spirits, also available are their premium canned cocktails! The Gin&Tonic, Vodka Madras & Bourbon Smash. Great for camping, the beach, tailgating, and the golf course. Available at most Buy Rite, Shop Rite & Joe Canal locations, or just ask for Southern Tier Distilling at your local liquor store. Check out Southern Tier Distilling at and follow them on Instagram at @southern_tier_nj. Southern Tier, Why the hell not? Thank you to everyone who has donated and all of you that have signed up for my Patreon page. If you’d like to help keep this podcast alive you can donate as little as $1 a month through Patreon by going to and click on the button at the top of the page that says Click HERE FOR BONUS MATERIAL. As a Patron, you get access to bonus material that regular podcast subscribers do not.  OR you can do a one-time donation by clicking the DONATE button. OR you don’t have to donate shit and just keep listening each week.

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