Sama Dams, Merō – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – February 17th, 2019

Sama Dams, Merō

Sama Dams European Tour Kickoff & Mero Album Release Show!

Sama Dams

Merō

Sheers, The Casual Scene

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

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.”
Merō
Merō
Merō has had a rather enigmatic journey—touring Europe with Other Lives, opening for The Weepies, and playing locally between tours with other projects. Their debut—a haunting, trip-rock exploration of trauma and transformation—does not disappoint.

Merō is the newest project from Portland songwriters Mel Guérison (Alexandra Savior), Rachel Anna Dial, Sam Schick, Phillip Rogers (Haley Heynderickx), and cellist Shawn Alpay (Laura Stevenson, Completions).
Sheers
Sheers
Sheers’ music cuts in ways where expressive & ambitious pop vignettes become expansive songs.” (Impose Magazine) Melodicism and classical stylings converge in the brooding soundscapes of Portland’s experimental pop trio Sheers. Frontwoman and songwriter Lily Breshears grips tight the reins of her voice, bending the edges of melody to wrap unease in a veil of beauty. Breshears combines turn of millennium R&B with elements of French impressionism, an interplay of tension, texture and groove. Since jazz drummer Daniel Rossi and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Stern joined the project, Sheers has found a sound near triphop, but as Willamette Week writes, “it’s a real treat to hear a band that’s almost a genre unto themselves."
The Casual Scene
The Casual Scene
The Casual Scene is a music project by multi-instrumentalist / singer / songwriter Alex Lohmann based out of Portland, Oregon. Drawing from a wide array of influences Lohmann wrote and recorded the entirety of The Casual Scenes debut self titled album at home alone in his basement.