Claire Neiberg | editor-in-chief
October 7, 2021
Last Monday, alternative rock and indie singer-songwriter Samia Finnerty (Samia) brought down the house at Club Café on East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s Southside.
Samia gained popularity on Spotify in 2017, after the release of “Welcome to Eden”. She is known for her authenticity and ability to connect with her fans as she captures the essence of growing up, falling in love and falling in love and facing her fears through music.
Faithful fans of the 24-year-old New York-born artist have gathered at Club Café in anticipation of his electric voice and charming, energetic dance moves. Samia’s opening was Savannah Conley, another growing name in the indie rock world.
Conley’s warm personality and emotional originals completed the discography that many Samia fans know and love. Her songs display a wide range of angst and sadness, and to finish, she presented a superb cover of “Do I Wanna Know?” from Arctic Monkey. which left fans shrouded in nostalgia.
Samia took the stage, slowly starting with the opening song for her debut album, The Baby. The studio album was released in August 2020 and served as a quarantine favorite for her fans. The first track, “Pool”, captures the recurring themes of the grieving album that comes with growing up and explains Samia’s cherished relationship with her family.
Samia has said in various interviews that a lot of her songs focus on “things she’s afraid of,” which is the theme of an emotional single on her album, “Is There Something In The Movies? During the live performance, Samia sat down on the drums and made her audience feel like she was singing straight to them, telling her own story of growing up with the important people who came in and out of her life.
While many of Samia’s hits are slow and dark, she also featured light and upbeat songs, delivering a memorable performance of her no. 1 Spotify track “Big Wheel”, after performing “Fit N Full”, a fan favorite of The Baby.
Samia has become popular with listeners over the past year or so, but she paid homage to her debut in the independent music scene by giving a beautiful rendition of the first song she put on Spotify in 2017, “Welcome to Eden. “. She also opened up to fans with one of her first singles, “Django”, and her heartbreaking message.
One moment of Samia’s concert that captured the hearts of audience members was her performance of “As You Are”. This song opens his latest EP Scout, released earlier this year. “As You Are” is about love and acceptance, and during the performance, Samia invited Conley back on stage to sing along with her to complete the heartwarming number.
For her final songs, Samia surprised audiences with an electrifying cover of Heart’s “Barracuda” and after fans clapped for “one last song,” she graced the stage with “21,” another first single that starred. makes her fans, both old and new, feel at home at the edge of her stage.
For many members of the audience, Samia’s concert was the first musical event they had attended since the pandemic began in March 2020. The feeling of live music flowing through my veins again was unreal, and even more so when it came from the ethereal performer who contributed so much to the indie music world during this dark time.