The Weather Machine – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – August 12th, 2017

The Weather Machine

Portland Power-Americana!

The Weather Machine

Sama Dams, Haley Heynderickx

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

The Weather Machine
The Weather Machine
“A little bit Josh Ritter, a little bit Modest Mouse, the Weather Machine forges a stable relationship between contemporary folk-pop and more traditional pop-rock sensibilities, and are one of the current flag-bearers of the sound in Portland.”–Willamette Week“

Bigger, louder, and more dynamic than their debut, and they've never sounded better”–Portland Mercury“

Capable of channeling a soaring energy through their performances” –PASTE Magazine“

Peach sees the band not only expanding into a more straightforward rock sound on many songs, it also sees them exploring country-tinged songs (“Wannabe Cowboys”) and even some slow-burn electronica (“Peach”).” –Eleven PDX Magazine***

The Weather Machine’s sophomore full-length, Peach, was recorded over the course of two years, and showcases the band’s transition from folk-born storytelling into the realm power-ballads and effects pedals. It’s not quite “tongue and cheek,” but Peachmakes the listener wonder as it pits a not-quite-country anthem called “Wannabe Cowboys” right up against the electronic slow-jam title track, then moves deftly along into “Breakup Song” –a tune worthy of high-kicking chorus lines. They’ve drawn comparisons to everything from My Morning Jacketto Cake.A short few months after their independent release in 2015, The Weather Machine was tapped to openfor Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakesin Portland, OR, and then again for Cold War Kids, both to sold out audiences. 2016brought the bandto Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republicin February, marking The Weather Machine’s first trip overseas. They’re currently recording athird full-length, and expect announce this year.Based in Portland OR, The Weather Machinereleased its first album after a blustery winter of recording on the Oregon Coast. With strong ties to the region, the 5-piece found its roots in the Pacific Northwest’s unique folk aesthetic, developing ahard-hitting, theatrical rock performancethat expands upon their recorded work. After emerging on the scene in April ‘13, The Weather Machinehas been featured inPASTE Magazine, Buzzfeed,OPB’s Think Out Loud,The Oregonian, thePortland Mercury,Willamette Week, and many more international and US-based publications. Theyworked collaboratively withOregon State ParksandOregon Filmto release their first music video, which debuted on acclaimed actor RainnWilson’s video blogSoulPancakeand was later rereleased online throughGoPro Cameras. Slater Smithstarted The Weather Machinein 2012, andthe band nowfeaturesdrummer Luke Hoffman,bassistAndré Zapata,saxophonistNoah Bernstein, and guitaristTim Karplus.They are currentlyproducing their thirdfull-length record in collaborationwith Oregon State Parks and Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association. The Weather Machine’sconcept album in celebration of the 50thAnniversary of Oregon’s 1967 environmentalBeach Bill will be released before 2018.
Sama Dams
Sama Dams
Portland Avante-indie outfit Sama Dams captures sonically the jarring disconnect between how “normal” looks in present-day America, and how it feels. On their most recent LP Say It, verses enter on light feet, then pirouette into lurching refrains that crush with truths about who we are and who we would like to appear to be, atop keys and synth that, “slither and flutter through the songs like a living breathing thing.” (Ben Salmon, The Portland Mercury)

The band’s hallmark of grooving angularity is manifest, packing even more punch because it is partnered with direct pathos, as on tracks like “Driving By.” Melding the wailing riffiness of fellow Midwest native Billy Corgan at his best with the cool synthesizer of a hundred beloved 80’s soundtracks gone by, Sama Dams takes their distinctly left-field sound into anthem territory, and does it with audacious and tender authenticity.

Born and raised in the Midwest of America, founding members Sam and Lisa Adams met at college in Holland, Michigan and began collaborating soon after. They married in 2009 and moved to Oregon, pulled Westward by the fertile artistic soil of the Pacific Northwest. Landing in densely creative Portland two years later, that potential began to take shape in the form of a muscular four-piece built around Sam’s powerful and idiosyncratic songs.

However the tight-knit unit, comprised of housemates and friends, imploded shortly before recording the band’s first full-length album (No Vengeance), leaving behind raw emotions that fueled a stark new sound. The album hit, and ears in the hot local scene perked up. “When you hear No Vengeance, you’ll know that Sama Dams is no mere buzz band but a fierce, adventurous musical force to be reckoned with,” wrote tastemaker Ned Lannamann.

Comfort in Doubt, the band’s sophomore outing, was marked by maturing sensibilities and a more measured tone. Lisa came to the fore, penning the tasty and sinister “Dirty Work,” among others. The album took the band on their first headline tour of Europe, however, the tension that permeates even the title made it a bear to record. “I was kicking and screaming the whole time,” says Sam, who battled for control with long-time collaborator and producer Sebastian Rogers.

“Before recording Say It, we all sat down and said, how can we make this process better?” says Sam. That question was the beginning of a journey that brought the band to a new creative and collaborative peak.

“When you’re with someone for a long enough time, you can start exposing the things that you are afraid of, you can be more vulnerable,” says Lisa. Hence the title of the third album, which was picked up by California-based label Friendship Fever (Grandaddy, Neighbor Lady, Imaginary Tricks, Deep State).

While Lisa’s open blue eyes belie the complexity of Sama Dams’ music, the pensive pauses in her husband’s conversational style hint at the searching that draws the band forward. Lately, however, he says he favors a less heady approach. When asked to sum up the process of making Say It, Sam says simply, “Flow.”
Haley Heynderickx
Haley Heynderickx
Born in Stockton, California and raised in Forest Grove, Oregon, Haley Heynderickx wasn't brought up in a musical family, but she was keen to try it out after having a dream in which she was the female version of Jimi Hendrix. Being eleven years old and burning with desire to set her guitar on fire, her parents allowed her to take several guitar lessons. However, Forest Grove is a pretty small town and only a bluegrass instructor was available. This experience worked out for the best, bringing Heynderickx an appreciation for country music and acoustic implementations. She gradually found a love of writing and folk music once entering college. Heavily influenced by folk, rock and pop music of the 60s and 70s, Heynderickx's writing found influence in Dylan, Nick Drake, along with local musicians she began performing with.

Her simultaneous feelings of anxiety and love for the 21st century is captured in her haunting vocals and honest lyrics. Though she has enjoyed performing this as a solo songwriter, she found greater satisfaction in a big band noise through the flair of her bandmates. With Alex Fitch of "Typhoon" on drums, and Lily Breshears of "Big Haunt" and "Sheers" on bass and backup vocals, Heynderickx's subtle softness reaches greater capacities of emotion and longing with the amplification of instruments and energy. This band is young, attentive, and excited to explore their musical horizons.

Unsure of her genre, she jokingly refers to their noise as 'doom folk,' but will happily let you decide for yourself if you give it a listen.