Readers, we know you're going to be hungover as shit on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, but we encourage you to head to the Record Bar in KC anyway and check out the buzzy Brooklyn singer/songwriter sami.the.great . Her soothing indie-pop sounds will cure your hangover quickly...and then you can get hammered all over again. Check out the event page on the Record Bar site here .
Much like us, sami.the.great enjoys unusual punctuation and swearing, and she was kind enough to chat with us about such things, and also about drugs, the Brooklyn scene, and the possibility of onstage nudity (very high). Check out her website here, give her a "like" on FB here, and enjoy the interview below!
Richard: I love bands with interesting punctuation! One of Lawrence’s hottest acts right now is called Y[our] Fri[end]. Tell us about the origin of the name sami.the.great and why it’s punctuated the way it is.
sami.the.great: Well, I came up with "the great" because my last name is Akbari and it means "the greatest". I thought that "sami.the.greatest" might be too obnoxious so I cut it down! As for the punctuation, there's not really any reasoning behind it. I just liked it, ha!
Richard: The video for “Hear Me Now” is super-trippy. Would you recommend weed or shrooms or something else to our druggie readers while checking it out?
sami.the.great: I would love that! Let's keep it natural though, and stick to the weed and shrooms.
Chip: So of course we have to ask you about Brooklyn hipster culture. I’ve never been there, but I get the sense it must be nearly unbearable at times! Do you fit in well there?
Richard: How’s the tour going so far? Can you share an amusing tour story with us.
sami.the.great: It's been pretty fun! It's alway great to meet new, interesting people along the way. Hmm. Not sure I have a super amusing story! One story that I think you guys might enjoy (judging from these questions) is that I was in Austin during SXSW and went to a show of this band that I border on groupie for, Bonaparte, and I'll take pics at their shows sometimes and send them and the lead guy of the group, Tobias, will post them. So I was taking pictures at this show, and Tobias came up to me and took my phone out of my hand, shoved the mic down my shirt, and started singing into my boobs, basically, while playing guitar. And it was amazing.