Local rockers Death of Samantha to Play ‘Holiday Hangover’ Show at Beachland

The post-punk group Death of Samantha disbanded in 1990 but decided to revisit its old songs and re-record them live in the studio before a 2011 reunion show. The resulting album, If Memory Serves Us Well, came out earlier this year to much fanfare. The guys are currently working on a new studio album and with all the members in town for the holidays have decided to play a “holiday hangover” show on Dec. 26 at the Beachland Ballroom.

“All these people are doing all these Christmas shows and we thought we’d have a different type of show with skits and comedy,” says singer John Petkovic of the concert that will also feature a performance by comedian Dave Hill. “It’s Christmas-themed this and that and the thing is, by the 24th, we’ll be sick of Christmas and people will want to run to get hammered and want nothing to do with the holiday at all. The whole month of December is like one grueling Santa-con. Aren’t those 1000 Santas undermining the idea of a Santa? There weren’t 1000 Jesuses born on Christmas Day. There are so many Christmas shows that it makes it irrelevant. We’ll try to find relevance by having nothing to do with anything and being completely irrelevant.”

Petkovic is also busy finishing an album with Sweet Apple, a side project for him and Dinosaur Jr's J. Masic, and then has enough songs for a new Death of Samantha album that the band will record in New York with producer Travis Harrison. Petkovic says the Beachland show will be "the last show of the old band’s cycle."

"We’ll rely on mostly older material for the last time at the show," he says. "We’ll play some new material and the new material will sound really different.”

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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