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The music of Sama Dams steals from you most virtuously -- it will rob your sense of time and leave you wondering how long you’ve been awash in sound, rhythm, and ether.

On their fourth release, “Say It” -- released on Friendship Fever on April 6 -- Lisa Adams emerges from the background to deliver commanding lead vocals in her clarion soprano alongside partner Sam and the highly textured drumming of Chris Hermsen.

Almost in answer to the muted ambivalence that marks movements from the band’s previous “Comfort in Doubt,” “Say It” features the trio striking boldly throughout, both musically and thematically. According to Sam, “It’s about being more honest about what we’re thinking and feeling.”

Inspiration came from a year of watching silence make a mess of love in friendships close to the band. “Something seems off - you sniff something,” says Sam. “You don’t acknowledge it exists, and so by letting a small problem go, you allow it to grow.” “What’s the use for pockets if they’re empty?/Fill them up with things you use against me,” sings Lisa on the album’s first track, succinctly summing up the war of attrition underlying a failing relationship.

The band’s hallmark of grooving angularity packs even more punch when partnered with direct pathos, as in 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 80s soundtracks gone by, Sama Dams takes their distinctly left-field sound into anthem territory, and does it with audacious and tender authenticity.

The album feels like a coming-of-age for the band, who have been creating and touring out of Portland, Oregon since 2012. Having first pitched their tent in a time and place that revolved around the folky fusion of bands like The Decembrists, Sama Dams now claims a favored seat in a music scene edgier and more eclectic than the Pacific Northwest itself.

The Adams's, proactive about fueling the creative partnership at the heart of the band, are constantly looking both outward and inward for inspiration. They have toured relentlessly both domestically and abroad since the release of their first full-length album, honing their ambidextrous live performance to a soulful effortlessness that belies the complexity of the music. Their dynamism is infectious, spawning side projects and writing experiments that span states and genres.


Pressekontakt & Booking: 
Rola Music
Dominik Schmidt
Tel.: +43 650 48 61 366
dominik@rolamusic.com

Links: 
Official Website  |  Facebook  |  Soundcloud

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Sama Dams Tour Dates

DateArtistCityVenue 
18/03/2022Samantha PearlKielHansa48
24/03/2022Samantha PearlHamburgKomm Du
25/03/2022Samantha PearlOsnabrückLagerhalle
26/03/2022Samantha PearlHomburgMandy's Lounge
27/03/2022Samantha PearlKölnHinterhofsalon
29/03/2022Samantha PearlKreuzlingenKult X
01/04/2022Samantha PearlZürichJenseits
04/04/2022Samantha PearlWienPolkadot
05/04/2022Samantha PearlKlagenfurtHafenstadt
07/04/2022Samantha PearlUnnaSpatz & Wal
08/04/2022Samantha PearlDetmoldCafe Cup
09/04/2022Samantha PearlMagdeburgCourage
10/04/2022Samantha PearlHamburgDeichdiele
12/04/2022Samantha PearlDresdenMora Bar
13/04/2022Samantha PearlKielPrinz Willy
14/04/2022Samantha PearlBerlinArtliners