The Meaning Behind The Song: #freesam by Jank
I stumbled upon the song “#freesam” by Jank a few years ago and instantly fell in love with its catchy melody and energetic vibe. Little did I know, there was a deeper meaning behind the song that added a layer of humor and camaraderie within the band.
Our dearest friend and companion
Finds himself in need of help
Little card trade done him wrong
Got himself locked up by the cops and dogs
It’s all right, buddy we’re comin’ for you
It’s not just what you say, it’s just what you do
We’ll put you in a barrel and float you away
As long as you’re with us I promise you’ll be safe
Free Sam, free Sam, free Sam
We all know he’s an innocent man
Keep our drummer in the band
Free Sam, free Sam
The lyrics depict a scenario where their drummer, Sam Becht, finds himself in trouble due to a “little card trade” gone wrong, leading to his arrest by the cops. However, the band members assure him that they are coming to his rescue. The catchy chorus repeats the plea to free Sam, emphasizing his innocence and importance as a member of the band.
The song “freesam” is a part of Jank’s album “Versace Summer,” which was released in 2016. The lighthearted and summery vibe of the album perfectly complements the playful nature of this specific track.
The Inside Joke
Surprisingly, the inspiration for this song stems from a harmless joke played by the band. In January 2016, Jank posted a photo without Sam and captioned it, “So unfortunately Sam was arrested last night so our good friend Rachel is going to fill in drums for tour.” However, Sam had actually taken the photo, and it was all meant in jest.
The band’s vocalist, Matt Diamond, revealed in an interview with Culture Creature that the joke quickly spiraled out of control. People genuinely believed that Sam was in jail, leading to an influx of concerned messages and calls to Sam’s hometown. Despite the misunderstanding, the band decided to keep the joke alive.
To further perpetuate the playful gag, Jank created the hashtag #freesam, which they frequently used on their Twitter page. It became a rallying cry amongst their fans as they humorously campaigned for Sam’s “release.” The hashtag not only served as a reminder of the fictitious arrest but also strengthened the bond between the band and their dedicated followers.
Listening to “#freesam” by Jank always brings a smile to my face, knowing the backstory behind the song. It serves as a testament to the camaraderie within the band and their ability to find humor in even the most innocuous situations.
So, the next time you find yourself tapping your foot and singing along to “#freesam,” remember that sometimes music can be more than just a catchy melody; it can also be a source of inside jokes and shared experiences.
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Tags: Rock, Pop-Rock, Pop-Punk, Indie, Indie Rock, Alternative, Alternative Rock, Punk Rock