" ... Nominally acoustic acts rarely come as captivating as Samuel Zasada. The vocal interaction between David, Luci and Tom is astonishing, as is David’s expert microphone technique, all of which provide some of the most incredible vocal performances you’ll hear from a new local band. The songs are subtle and ethereal but imaginatively crafted, often grandiose in an understated way. They’re simultaneously gothic and earthy, lyrically poignant and capable of utterly bewitching everyone in the room ... " - Nightshift, Oxford Music Mag Samuel Zasada was originally David Ashbourne as a solo act. His first Nightshift demo review in March 2009 was less than complimentary but its follow-up earned him a Demo Of The Month award and a review suggesting that at that rate of improvement he would probably have “turned into Leonard Cohen, invented a cure for cancer and scored an Ashes-winning double-century before the summer was out”. After recording and finding more potential with layers of other instruments and vocal harmonies David decided to get a band together. Samuel Zasada is now Luci, David’s partner, on acoustic guitar and vocals, good friend Tom on bass and vocals and brother Mark on drums. The band release a new EP on 7th August. They played at this year’s Oxford Punt as well as Cowley Road Carnival in July 2010.