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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

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Sama Dams Tour Dates

13/03/19Sama DamsWienFluc
14/03/19Sama DamsKlagenfurtLendhafen Cafe
16/03/19Sama DamsSaargemndBrasserie Terminus
17/03/19Sama DamsOffenbachHafen 2
19/03/19Sama DamsKölnTsunami
20/03/19Sama DamsDarmstadtFrischzelle
21/03/19Sama DamsChemnitzAaltra
22/03/19Sama DamsNexusKunsthaus
23/03/19Sama DamsDornbirnAnziehbar
25/03/19Sama DamsSalzburgAcademy
26/03/19Sama DamsMainzSCHON SCHÖN
28/03/19Sama DamsLeipzigNBL
29/03/19Sama DamsOldenburgPolyester Klub
30/03/19Sama DamsMarburgQ
26/03/2020Sama DamsFŸrstenfeldDie Akte
27/03/2020Sama DamsScharnsteinDie Moserei
28/03/2020Sama DamsKlagenfurtLendhafen Cafe
30/03/2020Sama DamsWinterthurMonomontag
31/03/2020Sama DamsMainzKulturclub Schon Schšn
01/04/2020Sama DamsHamburgWarenwirtschaft
02/04/2020Sama DamsKielPrinz Willy
03/04/2020Sama DamsOldenburgPolyester
04/04/2020Sama DamsJesteburgCafe Book
06/04/2020Sama DamsHamburgHebebŸhne
07/04/2020Sama DamsBayreuthSŸbkŸltŸr Hut
08/04/2020Sama DamsDortmundSubrosa
09/04/2020Sama DamsKaiserslauternSalon Schmitts
10/04/2020Sama DamsSarregueminesTerminus
11/04/2020Sama DamsImmendingenGloria
12/04/2020Sama DamsFreiburgKlimperstube
14/04/2020Sama DamsBochumBastion
16/04/2020Sama DamsLeipzigCasa Pepe
17/04/2020Sama DamsUlmHudson Bar
18/04/2020Sama DamsViechtachAltes Spital
21/04/2020Sama DamsDresdenSocietŠtstheater
23/04/2020Sama DamsChemnitzAaltra
24/04/2020Sama DamsMagdeburgCourage
25/04/2020Sama DamsOttersweierGrŸner Baum
27/04/2020Sama DamsBambergLive Club
29/04/2020Sama DamsMarburgQ
30/04/2020Sama DamsHamburgDeichdiele
02/05/2020Sama DamsKrefeldWerksbŸhne
03/05/2020Sama DamsOffenbachHafen 2