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Here is the video interview from outside The Blue Goat in Salina, KS while these guys were on tour. Check out their music today. You will love them!

The Sammus Theory artist Sam Hughes took time out of his busy day to do a written interview as an exclusive for Afresh Entertainment Magazine. We hope you will enjoy it and tell your friends to check these guys out!


Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

Sam: Sam Hughes and the band is The Sammus Theory from Phoenix, AZ.

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

Sam: I sing, Kyle Welnel plays rhythm guitar, Jeremy Tabor plays lead, Nick St. Onge plays bass, and Marshall Harrod (the only one NOT from phoenix, but Wichita, KS) plays drums.

Afresh: How did the band get the name?

Sam: It naturally evolved into what it is now…it’s basically the ‘theory’ that every person has an alter ego that music will bring out

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

Sam: We’re a five piece powerhouse mixture of hard rock and metal…the in between point that I think a lot of bands are too afraid to touch on because it’s not a specific genre.  At this point, there’s commercial hard rock or full on metal…we’re hard rock with a metal edge.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

Sam: We’ve been touring for the last 3 years pretty consistently.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

Sam: We met through various ads on Craigslist and Myspace.  It’s been a while in the making putting together the group we are now, roughly 2 years.  We all seemed to be looking for the same thing, so we gave it a shot…well, here we are.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

Sam: I think we’re all on the same page when I say that finding dedication in band mates is the hardest thing to find.  Brothers who are willing to give up anything and everything to give this the best shot possible.  We’ve been to hell and back a few times but we’re still going stronger than ever…I think that’s something that makes us stand out.  We’ve definitely had problems and situations we can’t control, but it’s the way a band handles those situations that proves professionalism and dedication to what they do.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

Sam: Well, we just don’t think about it too much.  We know what we have and don’t expect anything more so it’s easy to live day to day like that.  It keeps us humble.  Everything above what we have now is a bonus that we’re beyond grateful for.

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?

Sam: I think it’s affected the industry, but I don’t think it’s hurt it.  When catastrophes like the crashing of the stock markets or natural disasters happen, people tend to turn towards entertainment for comfort.  Bands are so afraid of their music being illegally downloaded that they forget the biggest part…you can’t download a live performance.  Those fans will come to the shows regardless.

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

Sam: I’ll say the same thing that I think every ‘entrepreneur’ says…don’t listen to anyone when they say you can’t be whatever you want to be.  That advice is cliché, but it’s cliché for a reason.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

Sam: All of our families are super supportive.  It’s nice that we all came from different areas of the country originally because we have ‘homes’ around on tour..haha.  I think some of our parents have driven 500+ miles to come to shows before…It helps to have backing from the people you love.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas???

Sam: It’s simple…if you like a band, support them.  If every person thought “it won’t affect the show if I don’t go”, there would be nobody at the shows.  Every person counts and if there’s any sort of lag in support, there’s chance a band could fall.  It’s definitely a hard industry that needs bands and fans to pull together to make a solid unit.  We look at our fans as a team…we’re all here for the same reason, so let’s all work together to make this happen.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

Sam: My dad’s a classic rock know – KISS, Rush, Pink Floyd, etc.  My mom has always been a heavy hitter…White Zombie, Alice in Chains, Slipknot…so I got the best of both sides.  I love it all.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

Sam: I wear the music I like on my sleeve, so to speak.  We all play what we love!

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

Sam: Nooooo…I play music. And on days off, we all share the same liking of laying around playing video games…

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

Sam: The progress we constantly see.  The people we meet.  The support we get.  It’s such an unbelievably powerful thing to see all these people come together for the love of music.  That and we definitely aren’t a ‘give up and go home’ type of band.  I’d make a list of shit that’s happened to us, but that would take a while…

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

Sam: Well, I don’t want to speak for the other guys, but my biggest as far as stage persona is Marilyn Manson.  I saw the “Dead to the World” VHS when I was 13 and told my parents that’s what I wanted to do…needless to say, they confiscated it.  That’s the sign you’re thinking in the right direction!   Ha.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?

Sam: I write the song, then we work on it together going over all the individual parts making sure everything fits the song as best as possible.  It’s great to have everyone in the same frame of mind that every part accents the song as a whole…nobody in this band is a showoff.  It’s been a pretty successful process.

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?

Sam: I wouldn’t change a thing…

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?

Sam: Haha…uhhhhh, yes.

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?

Sam: It’s happened before.  It’s more flattering than bothersome, but it’s also tough because it takes you out of that ‘performance mode’.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

Sam: We were playing in Everett, WA and I stepped on the monitor wrong.  I was already sick with the flu, but when I fell over I split my elbow open on the corner and kept singing with blood on me while laying on the stage…well, it looked cool, I suppose, but it was embarrassing to say the least..

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

Sam: Hmmm, that’s a tough one…We don’t get many things thrown at us (thank God…).  I’d have to say the ‘parachute panties’.  One time.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

Sam: There’s definitely plenty of these…I wouldn’t say this is wild but it’s memorable…It was pitch black and we were looking for an RV Park outside of Mathis, TX and had turned down a very narrow, muddy road.  About a mile and a half down, there’s a sign that says “DO NOT ENTER.” Blah blah blah.  So Kyle had to back out a 40’ vehicle and trailer while the rest of us got out and guided him in six inches of mud, which ended up taking a good half hour, not to mention how fucking scary it was.  Basically Texas Chainsaw Massacre type situation.  In the end we were covered in mud with nowhere to shower, but we made it away from there.  Then there was the dead guy in the chair of the other RV park we drove to shortly after that.  Strange night.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?

Sam: Any line-up changes in a band are a nightmare…we’ve had a few to get to the right group.  We handle bad situations all the same…put our heads together, figure out how to work through it, then get it done.  I think, however, the hardest thing for us was when we were stranded in Florida due to our RV engine literally blowing up.  It was pretty stressful.  We had more tour dates we were afraid we wouldn’t be able to make, so we posted a donation link on our Facebook page.  We have the most amazing friends and fans ever, so it was only a matter of time before all of them chipped in to help get us a new vehicle.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

Sam: Finishing this last leg of the Rise & Revolt Tour then heading home for a much needed three month break. During the break, we’ll be working on a brand new album…

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

Sam:    Led Zeppelin – No explanation there…

Type O’Negative – Because Peter Steele was the man

Marilyn Manson – It’d be a badass show…

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

Sam: East coast…it’s all pretty far away.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?

Sam: We have and we enjoy doing them, when we can…

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?

Sam: All independent, baby!  We want to definitely send a HUGE thank you to Shauna O’Donnell from Muen and The Gauntlet.  I’d love to thank our Sponsors/Endorsements: Schecter, Line 6, Krank, Ddrum, Saluda, Nady, Red Chapter Clothing, Jagermeister, Rockstar, Coffin cases, Manglaze, Muen Magazine, Levy’s, V-Picks, Anarchy Eyewear, and Coyote 107.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?

Sam: We have some posted on our website (listed below)

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?

Sam: Search “Sammus Theory” on and you’ll see.

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)


Thanks guys!

Afresh:  Thanks for the awesome interview!  You all put on an amazing show.  Thanks for keeping live music flowing…keeping’ it fresh live real and rockin’

More about:  The Sammus Theory

Too many bands and musicians today have lost the ability to inspire or leave a lasting impression. In an age of fleeting interests and ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ bands, it would seem that most acts are lacking all the pieces of the puzzle required to formulate the modern day successful rock band.

Enter The Sammus Theory. From the hot and arid landscape of Phoenix, Arizona emerges a hard rock act with all the pieces of the puzzle falling into place.

The five- piece band was formed in 2004 by vocalist Sam Hughes, a talented musician who began his musical journey at age seven playing piano. By the time he got to high school Sam had taught himself how to play guitar and bass, and was writing his own material. Soon he had a library of songs written, but no band to breathe life into them. So he took out ads on Craigslist and MySpace in the Phoenix area to see who was out there.

One of the first to reply was guitarist Kyle Welnel, who Sam remembers was “really quiet at first, but when he ripped through the song with no mistakes, I knew he’d be an asset.” The two hit it off and together auditioned and recruited the rest of the current lineup, consisting of Jeremy Tabor on lead guitar, Nick St. Onge on bass guitar, and Marshall Harrod on drums.

The sound is heavy and precise, but has a dynamic quality to it that resonates and hooks the listener. The riffs are catchy, the sound is loud, and the emotion is prevalent. It’s a recipe for infectious melodies that ultimately get stuck in your head. “I take an idea and work with it,” says Hughes, “which eventually becomes the core of the song. Then we go piece by piece and polish it up to make it stronger, more cohesive. Last we add any details to the parts to spice it up. By the time we’re finished with it, we barely recognize what we started with.”

The lyrics are inspired by personal encounters, views, and thoughts of everyday life and the battles found within. Weaving the likes of Tool, Alice in Chains, Pink Floyd, and a unique sound of their own into a gritty, musically solid style, The Sammus Theory have found a winning formula that is knocking over the fans.

And the writing is just one piece of the puzzle. With an almost effortless finesse topped off with raw, unbridled energy, The Sammus Theory perform like a group of seasoned road veterans who have been touring for decades. The band brings a ferocity and conviction lacking in so many live shows today, leaving a lasting impression on those who see them perform. They captivate, drawing the crowd in with their on-stage parlor tricks and personas, and leave the room wanting more after they’ve gone.

“We’re closer than most families on and off stage which is why I think we work together so well.” says Hughes. “On stage we have a chemistry that nobody else has and the crowd can feel it as much as we do.”

Locally, the band has been performing for four years and has built up an enormous following in that time. Since their formation, the band has landed shows with other hot rock acts such as The Exies, Smile Empty Soul, Adema, Shinedown, RED, Saliva, and many more as well as a Two Hundred date tour across the western half of the U.S. lasting nearly a year. Now the band is poised for the next level, currently on a full U.S. tour entitled the “Rise & Revolt Tour 2010”.

Commercially, The Sammus Theory has been a featured artist on MTV2 with a video airing nation-wide daily during regular hours and on “Rock the Deuce” since March of 2008. November 2008 saw the release of their first official music video for the hit single “Pure”. The video has received an enormous amount of positive comments on the band’s official MySpace page and is set to premiere on MTV sometime in the near future. Their debut album, “See (It) Through”, was released in summer of 2009 with rumors of a brand new full-length in early 2011.

It would certainly appear that all the pieces are in place for The Sammus Theory. Inspiration is coming to the uninspired once more, and this band from the desert will be sure to leave its mark.

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Make sure to add these guys to your facebook friends.  Here is a note from Sam:

Due to the 300+ requests and 50+ messages we get on Myspace a day that are all JUNK MAIL, it’s very difficult to go through them all and get to the REAL messages from our dedicated fans.  We don’t want to miss any messages or comments, so PLEASE go add – We run the page, so we respond to your comments and messages.

You guys rock, thank you!

-The Sammus Theory

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CD Back Cover and Tracks
The Sammus Theory - See (It) Through

ARTIST.....: The Sammus Theory
TITLE......: See (It) Through
LABEL......: OCI Records

RIP DATE...: May-03-2007
STORE DATE.: May-01-2007
GENRE......: Rock
QUALITY....: VBR  /  44.1Hz  /  Joint-Stereo
SIZE.......: 89,6 MB

Track Listing:

01 - The Epiphany                               00:47
02 - Counterfeit                                03:34
03 - Something Special                          02:59
04 - 56 Blank                                   04:52
05 - Pillbox                                    04:29
06 - Pure                                       05:33
07 - See It Through                             04:46
08 - Inside Out                                 04:55
09 - Please Bleed                               04:12
10 - Inject                                     03:10
11 - Hearsay                                    04:25
12 - The Weak                                   04:29
13 - Black Out                                  04:49
14 - Parasite                                   03:52

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