Sam Crossland
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Sam Crossland

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Pop Alternative




"Give It A Spin: “Cosmos of Love”"

arrangements. The latest single from the band, “Cosmos of Love” is yet another catchy rock tune with a universal appeal.

Lyrically, the track is an uplifting tale of day-to-day survival, even when it’s telling you “We’re just a speck of dust in the cosmos of love” it doesn’t feel like a bad thing.

The video that accompanies the song is equally high-spirited and is something any Chicagoan can’t help but enjoy at least a little bit. Whether it’s recognizing the city blocks you’ve walked down a million times or just relating too hanging out with friends on a hot summer day, these scenes have a little something for everyone. - Midwest Action

"Sam Crossland Show Tomorrow!"

Tomorrow brings a great show to the Green Room, headlined by Sam Crossland and the Side Effects. I’m a big fan of the sound they make and really excited to catch the set. And if by chance my opinion isn’t quite enough to sway you, check out their music, influences, and what the press is saying below.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Sam Crossland and the Side Effects: The Side Effects are made up of an eclectic group of classically trained musicians, so our influences vary. Sam enjoys 80s Red Hot Chili Peppers albums, local bands such as Rainbow Gun Show, MTV Ghosts, and the Peekaboos inspire him, as well as the raw energy of performers like Iggy Pop, Kurt Cobain, beach goth band The Growlers with frontman Brooks Nielsen, great jazz musician Thelonious Monk, and old school 90s hip hop greats Pharcyde. Bassist Anne Debre draws inspiration from 60s girl group music and Motown as well as indie bands like Best Coast. Pianist/Guitarist Dave Daul is propelled by the magic of Elton John, John Frusciante and Iron Maiden and draws inspiration from Supertramp and Yes. Drummer Tony Panico is influenced by the living dead and is possibly a vampire breathing by intravenous of cigarettes and beer.

“Sam Crossland and company have a scuzzy, bruising sound that’s surprisingly easy to digest for all its attitude. New track “Sleep In The Gutter” does its title justice; rusty and rumbling while still leaving room for some slick horror-show organ noodling.” -Windy City Rock - Looking Glass Projects

"Track: Sammy & the Side Effects – “Feelin Pretty”"

Part-Americana, part-garage rock, Sammy & the Side Effects is an venture of hard-hitting noise and the Jack White-esque vocals of front man Sam Crossland. Check out “Feelin Pretty” – which could easily be mistaken for a White Stripes demo track – from their LP Tazmanian. - Local Loop

"Sam Crossland Live!"

“Sam Crossland and company have a scuzzy, bruising sound that’s surprisingly easy to digest for all its attitude. New track “Sleep In The Gutter” does its title justice; rusty and rumbling while still leaving room for some slick horror-show organ noodling.” -Windy City Rock - Windy City Rock

"It's a struggle to keep a fire ignited within you"

With screaming vocals, wailing guitars, and domineering keys, this is a band with a unique sound that’s hard to miss. -Dopescetic - Dopescetic


Tazmanian -2013
Black Sheep Heart-2014
Way Out -2017



Sam Crossland knows how to write turmoil into cohesive, relatable tracks. Despite his young age, his old soul takes hard experiences and turns them into nostalgic and compelling music. Listeners from all ages and backgrounds find common ground in the music of Sam Crossland, from older albums to his new one being released, "Way Out".  

Despite his heavy lyrical content, his live show creates an atmosphere of fun, and leaves a revitalizing, freeing feeling in the air. This very talented songwriter not only has a unique voice reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, but is a gifted, multi-faceted guitar player. From his light jazz chord progressions to his stunning Jimi Hendrix like guitar solos, this kid has tremendous promise, and is waiting with bated breath to be discovered. 

Playing a myriad of venues all around Chicago, you could say he's played everything, From Double Door to Beat Kitchen, Abbey Pub to Subterranean (4 times), Cole's Bar, Mutiny, Burlington, Empty Bottle, Arcade Emporium, and many more. But it didn't start out that way, let's begin with his history following the inception of the band to who the band is today.

Sam used to be in a band called The Fox & The Hounds playing piano for them when he was 19 and over two years played all sorts of clubs and bars around the city and suburbs playing sold out shows at Double Door and Subterranean before reaching legal drinking age. He cultivated a reputation for being a rambunctious stage persona. Though he was playing an elegant instrument like the piano, often he was jumping around and taking his clothes off trying to seize the attention of the audience. 

Towards the last 8 months he was in the band, in February of 2013 he began work on a solo record entitled TAZMANIAN, a reflection of his then out of control, rock n' roll personality he was trying to convey. The album was written and recorded in one month in a little studio in West Town, he played almost all the instruments on the record with the exception of one or two songs. 

Over the next two months he collected a group of musicians. Anne Debre he met at Double Door during a Little Boy Jr. show and they jammed at the band's after party. He quickly hired her as a bass player and back up vocalist. While jamming with friend Dave Daul (current piano player) he met Ross Kaufman who came on as organ/piano player and was interested in the project. Tony Panico, drummer for the Fox & The Hounds also joined the bill. They had rehearsals once or twice a week and drilled the entirety of TAZMANIAN and had their first gig at Cole's Bar in Logan Square in April 2013. One year later, Dave Daul since replaced Ross Kaufman and they had a reunion show with 60s psychedelic revivalists The Choir and latin influenced guitar DJ Mobby Rendoza. 

In the year they've been together they've played dozens of shows around the city, slowly growing in popularity as he befriended bands in the underground garage scene such as MTVGhosts, Flesh Panthers, The Choir, Evasive Backflip, Zookeeper, Shiloh, Yoko and the Oh No's, Swimsuit Addition and The Holy Alimonies just to name a few. They began playing house shows in the fall of 2013 such as Hostel Earphoria and Young Camelot, and have since recorded a new album, Black Sheep Heart, this time utilizing the band to its full ability, and changing the sound to encompass the talents of Annie, Dave and Tony. 

The band has matured quite a lot since its inception. The subject matter of the material had evolved from TAZMANIAN, an album spinning stories about bartenders, fuzzy bass children, and real rockstars fading away, into something much more broad and relatable. Black Sheep Heart deals with insecurities and problems people feel in their everyday lives, the snobbish, judgmental stigma surrounding young people and hipster culture, the severe drug problems many friends deal with on a daily basis in the dirty underbelly of Chicago, and the difficulties they face in understanding the meaning to working day in and day out just to find out the thing they always wanted perhaps weren't as rewarding as they thought it would be. 

These questions and many others are addressed in Black Sheep Heart and the music is an antidote for the restlessness. Sam Crossland and The Side Effects are in no way like the other acts in Chicago, and they're damn proud of it. The name the Side Effects describes the band perfectly, 3 distinct and grand personalities with their own problems, and the side effects from this convergence of talent usually results in booty shaking, hand clapping, violent dancing and screaming, and a release of the inhibitions, creating what doctors usually refer to as "having fun." We take having fun very seriously.

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