We’ve met a few great rock solo artists in the last few years, but we can safely say that London singer/songwriter Sam Router belongs right at the top of this list.
Having been writing and producing his own garage rock meets indie rock music for around a decade, this year sees Sam make his mark with fully produced music that sounds superb.
He’s previously released a couple of albums, then a three-track EP earlier this year, which we think sound great. Just check out The Jackal from this year’s These Are The Names to see what we’re talking about.
But the really good stuff comes with latest track The Desert, which formed one half of two-track release The Revelation Form last month.
The Desert opens up with reverb sound a little “Shh,” then a blitz of delicious guitar chords answered by little flurries of high notes. That drops into a cool laid-back verse of “When I walked into the desert, And I fell down on my knees, I looked him straight in the eye, Oh God can you help me please, Oh but now I realise, Maybe I’m not meant to fly, As a man plans anf God laughs, I can only help but smile.”
It bursts into a heavier, catchy chorus pushed forwards by driving guitar chords and big cymbals. A high-pitched guitar lick supported by a little riff bridge into a second verse, in which the riff continues. That gives way to a big instrumental section, which begins with a repeating low guitar, then a piercing guitar solo feeds into a heavy rendition of the final chorus. Give this catchy track a listen below:
The other track on this mini EP also isn’t to be sniffed at. Gasoline opens up with a delicious little fast-paced riff, which feeds into a laid-back opening verse. A little riff kicks in as the vocals intensify and bursts into a lively chorus of heavier vocals, a cool riff and big heavy cymbals, then drops into a couple of renditions of the fast-paced opening riff.
The second chorus gives way to a cool little repeating guitar notes then fast-paced flurry of guitars continue as the track comes to a heavy ending. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with Sam to find out more about his music. Read on below…
GR: Who is Sam Router?
SR: “I’m an indie musician from London, UK, and I’ve been writing and recording music for about ten years now. I decided this year I would share my indie rock with the world.”
GR: You just released The Desert. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
SR: “This track has big riffs and chunky guitars to hit you right between the ears. At the time I felt like I was drifting through life a bit, like I was wandering in a desert. I needed something to get me out of that funk, and make music with some balls. This song is for anyone who needs to shake some life into their bones”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
SR: “Guitar driven indie rock with big anthemic choruses and guitar hooks.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Musically I’m driven by powerful infectious melody, whether that’s on guitar or vocals. That just speaks to my soul. Writing provides an outlet for me to write about where I am in life, what mistakes I’ve made, how I view the world, politics, and relationships. It’s my way of getting things off my chest as I see them.
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences
SR: “It’s a mix of guitar style/rock feel of Audioslave/RATM, Jimi Hendrix, Muse, Radiohead, Royal Blood with the stadium rock melodies and sound of Oasis, Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
SR: “2020 is going to be a big year as I’ve been working with a producer to have a full release schedule of EPs and possibly an album after that. I’m always writing so will likely have more to add to this as well.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
SR: “My Spotify has two EPs and two albums of low fi garage rock. Check them out to hear early Sam Router but stand by for new fully produced tracks coming soon – they’re banging.”