Said Sara performed at Bar Pekky, Amsterdam-Noord, The Netherlands - on 15 July, 2023
"Same is brilliant" Nene's Butler (Italy)
"It glints with the freshness of the morning and trembles with the essence of being. The artist has a magnificent musical range. As an avid fan of roaring metal and tremulous punk styles, the artist originally found his musical expression in their obscure and obsidian characteristics. And now coming full circle, he largely explores the infinitesimal magic of living and loving with acoustics tuned to a folk frequency." Sinusoidal (India)
"While the acoustic-inspired melody can hold its own, it is Benson’s rich vocals that take ‘Same’ to another level. Rich and warm but with a gruff, vulnerable intensity, Benson exposes the grittiness of human fragility and trauma." OSR (Germany)
"'Same,' Said Sara's latest release, takes the listener on an effusive tour through broad meadows and gloomy caverns. The song is a dark pop, alt-folk anthem that is meant to transform hearts and is bound to become an instant classic thanks to its somber, contemplative lyrics and prominent, soulful vocals." Saiid Zeidan (UK)
"The track’s aura is quite touching to hear" Illustrate Magazine (USA)
"With a touch of melancholy and a hint of hope, “Same” is a song that speaks to the human condition in a way that is both intimate and universal." Find No Enemy (India)
"We would have never guessed Sara’s past as a metalhead and fierce punk rebel – is it not inspiring to find such delicate songwriting after years behind monstrous distortions? This is perhaps a sign that music is an attitude, rather than a process. Said has the sensitivity for it, and it shows." Mesmerized (UK)
"Listeners end up holding their breath to try and decipher their own emotions." Rising Artists (USA)
"The voice and the banjo combine to create a song that has that instant classic potential. I was amazed by the high notes reached halfway through the song." AP (Chile)
"Una canción perfecta para descansar y desconectarse un rato al escuchar los maravillosos sonidos que emite la guitarra con la autoridad y talento de la voz, me parece espectacular." Musica en Parablas (Argentina)
"'Same' is a poignant and moving single that showcases Benson’s ability to create a powerful emotional connection with his audience. The track is a stellar demonstration of his songwriting skills and his unique style of progressive folk, which draws on a wide range of influences to create a sound that’s both personal and relatable. With its understated yet powerful production, “Same” is a must-listen for fans of heartfelt and emotive music." Plastic Magazine (UK)
After performances in Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Berkeley in 2023, San Francisco singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Said Sara, aka David Benson, is coming full-circle.
Said Sara is a smoldering extension of Benson’s essence -- a true itch. As a child of the 70’s, he grew up on the singer-songwriters of that era of emergence: Baez, Stevens, Croce, Taylor, Buckingham, Mitchell. But Benson was/is a metalhead and a punk (yes, both) in the 80s, 90s and beyond. In 2008, he joined crust punk-turned death metal warhorse Acephalix, of which he remains the drummer.
There is a 2-way passage between the poppy, acoustic-rooted Said Sara and the aforementioned strains of sonic extremity: Transition. David spent 15 years as guitarist/vocalist-turned vocalist of this genre-obscuring clique, whose sole full-length, 1994’s Spine, was released by Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn’s ultra-legendary SST Records.
Official Lyric Video for 'I Star As You'
Said Sara - 'The Heart'
"What a wonderfully little odd duck of a song this is. The vocals are pure folk-punk and the guitar playing is classic 70’s singer-songwriter. Banjo and piano come in on the choruses and shove it over into the folk-punk realm and then out of nowhere a boomy drum loop leads you into a Zeppelin III-esque bridge that morphs into a synth wood flute part. And yet, it all works somehow for what we’re calling prog-folk-punk." -Postcard Elba (USA)
"The moment the song begins and the lead vox cuts through the moody strumming it straight away gives off that Led Zeppelin kind of acoustic vibe, with a more husky vox appeal. Appreciate the raw, unfiltered execution as well as the thematic lyrical work. Clearly you have a flair for such an interesting musical motif. The banjo adds warmth through the buildup. Once the song transitions to a rather psych-pop-tinged atmosphere it gives off a curious, immersive tone. Ultimately the coda hints at some Ben Howard folk character." -Unxigned (Czech Republic)
"We can't find the right category for Said Sara, which of course makes it interesting. I more than appreciate "Out of the box" tracks. So we have to say Achtung: Somewhere in the dark, where pop folk ends and alternative starts you can find Said Sara, but only at that moment." - Nene's Butler, (Austria)
"newest single "Bleedways" is a song with a dark folk touch, although it brings elements of progressive. It is from those songs that the guy takes a guitar and shares his soul, under a somber, melancholy poetry, not in a way to feel sorry for himself, but for those who face the truth of things as it really is. Perhaps because Benson was born during the 70s and accompanied metal and punk, a time when the essence prevailed, and the music was written with an open truth." -Roadie Music (Brazil)
"(David's) amazing sound is full of his energy, pressure and creativity. The recently released single 'Bleedways' is clear proof of this. A strong and representative song, a powerful and energetic voice, perfectly combined with the guitar, reminded us of the Rolling Stones, a delightful to hear, authentic and joyful rock, with an innovative folk chorus, we love it so much. The composition can be divided into two musical parts. In the first, Said Sara reveals the motif of the song with the help of an acoustic guitar in the folk format of Jimmy Page's acoustic search of the early 70s. The author of the song 'Bleedways' suports the acoustic rhythm in a hardcore manner with drive vocals and this combination is interesting from the point of view of combining the incompatible. In the second part of the composition, Said Sara suddenly turns into an electronic dark with a smooth minimalist rhythm and free speech. In just 4 minutes we hear a whole fusion of compositional solutions and talented arrangements. Said Sara's charisma is also in his own vision of music and fearless to experiment." -Indie Dock (UK)
"Said Sara brings us one of those songs that sounds of pure honesty - a song that does not need computerized effects to express strong emotions in our head. What we find on Bleedways is a reason to scream internally and release all our emotion under the banner of Said Sara. In a correct combination of indie passion and intense desire -- because we get into the raw and honest emotion of Said Sara." -Indie Criollo (Colombia)
"A fully engaging track exploring aspects of folk, pop, and prog-rock, singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist David Benson again exhibits a knack for creative structural twists and a passionate performance, in this follow-up to last year’s eponymous EP. The track’s first minute builds steadily with a stirring acoustical backbone amidst ardent vocals, followed by escalating vocals and added guitar pluckiness. A fun twist around 02:13 reminds fondly of XTC with its suavely concise vocal tone and intriguing guitar resonance. A vocal rise approaching the three-minute mark leads to lovely woodwind-like pushes alongside the acoustical stirring. “Bleedways” is further evidence of Benson’s ability to keep listeners thoroughly engaged via a blend of styles alongside an ever-evolving song structure." -Obscure Sound (USA)
"The great impact of the track's gripping heartfelt emotional vocals coupled with the piercing touch of the guitar and banjo makes for a really captivating listen" -Unedrrated (Russia)
"a mad fusion of genres" - Tongue Tied Magazine (USA)
"a world class job of creating an intense and captivating acoustic rock tune that will leave a positive impression on all who hear it." -Bravado Press (USA)
"You can feel that the music is more of a journey than something you sit back into. Every note encourages you to take another step along the path that Benson is laying out for you. Some of these steps are harder than others with some being a playful skip that is utterly delightful to listen to.
Each word is a cobblestone leading you on a personal journey. There is a touch of pain laced into the passionate performance that tugs at your heart.
His vocals pave the way for this journey while piecing together everything that makes us who we are." -The Other Side (Germany/UK)
"Heart and honesty behind the melodies. The rawness, that really speaks to me" -The Sonic Blender/CILU Radio (Canada)
"There is a cultivated roughness to Sara’s punchy and concise vocal gestures, the graveled timbre of his punk and metal imbued voice, the sincerity of his almost percussive guitar playing, and the compelling simplicity of his banjo rolls. It is hard not to sense a feeling of restless interiority within the hypnotic instrumental accompaniment, expressive singing, and occasional shout, a paradoxical tension between a deep inner experience and a richly communicative musical language." -Jacob Jahiel of Rising Artists (USA)
Said Sara - 'For Anyone' Video