Formed in 1988 and hailing from Berkeley, CA, Samiam released the major label albums "Astray" and "Whatever's Got You Down" then signed to Hopeless in 2000. They have toured with bands acts such as Bad Religion, Hot Water Music, Millencolin and Blink-182. Launching from the same late-'80s do-it-yourself punk circles that spawned bands like Green Day, Samiam's distinctive blend of melodic phrases atop a hardcore foundation found the band standing out from the typical fare of the time. "Trips" is Samiam's eighth studio album, their first release in over 5 years. It was recorded in Green Day's studio, Jingletown, with producer Chris Dugan during the spring of 2011.