Sampsons Army started in 1984 as Todd Sampson and Lance Gilman began writing songs together with the idea of trying to expand their musical talent beyond the early Vegas punk scene sound of hardcore and thrash music.
Originally a three piece with Mark Minolta on drums they recruited Steve Teich to play the skins, and soon after added Steve's younger brother Danny Teich on lead guitar. The Teich's came from a musical family where dad Arnie played with legendary swing band Sam Butera and the Wildest. Arnie contributed keyboards on the S.A. album "Where's Dan." John Castro replaced Lance Gilman on bass in '88 shortly after the album release and the band continued into the early '90's recording demos and doing short tours to Arizona and California.
S.A.'s first recording aptly named "Disinhibition Euphoria" received local airplay on the KUNV Rock Avenue show's regular rotation. The band's local following was comprised of mostly dedicated Rock Avenue fans and a tight knit Vegas underground scene from backyard parties to teenage gig palaces, college bars and beer. S.A. was the first band to play the Double Down Saloon and infamous Cooler Lounge.
A unique time for underground music, S.A. captured the sound.
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- 1984, Las Vegas, NV
- Current status
- Playing locally.