‘Rescue’ was written and conceived after Daniel (guitar/vocals) broke his back in December 2012. Samoans were unable to play together for a number of months but found the situation gave them impetus to explore a new direction and write an album. The isolation of writing and recording demos in the confinement of his flat helped Daniel to test a new vocal approach which has given the album a more melodic and considered feel, leaving behind the math-laden sound that tended to prevail in the band’s earlier works and making way for a more expansive sound. Influences come from far and wide, as the band were listening to a lot of Oceansize, Nine Inch Nails, Dinosaur Jr, Mogwai and Reuben whilst writing and recording ‘Rescue’. The album was recorded in just five days by Todd Campbell of Straight Lines (who was the band’s first ever drummer) at Stompbox Studios in Pontyclun.
The album was released on 12″ vinyl and download via the band’s own label Apres Vous Records in July 2014, and has been subject to high praise in the mainstream UK music press (8/10 Rock Sound, 8/10 Metal Hammer).