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Júníus Meyvant

Icelandic singer-songwriter of feel good tracks and sweet harmonies

Júníus Meyvant

Sama Dams

Fri, September 1

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

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$11.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Júníus Meyvant
Júníus Meyvant
Júníus Meyvant is the artist name of Westman Islands born singer-songwriter Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson. As a young boy he was an eccentric to a small degree and he only loved two things, skateboarding and painting. Every now and then he asked the Muses if he should learn to play an instrument but his wild and free behavior terminated his dreams as he was quickly suspended out of music school. All through his teens he rambled on without even considering becoming a musician or even playing any instrument.

In his early twenties Unnar stumbled upon a beat up guitar at his parents’ house and started noodling around. By playing the guitar he managed to tame his inner beast and his sense for songs and melodies burst like rockets. The uncontrollable urge for writing music and constant flow of ideas kept him tossing and turning every night and day forever and a day. For a while he filtered his ideas through a band that didn’t live up to his creative requirements so he decided to undertake his alter ego Júníus Meyvant.
Sama Dams
Sama Dams
Sama Dams may have started as an internal exploration for frontman Sam Adams to challenge his traditional music education with avant-garde compositions and unexpected instrumentations, but the now three-piece has built the band into a beast of its own. Since 2014’s “Comfort in Doubt” release, the band has been writing more collaboratively, and Sam has been joined by frontwoman Lisa Adams. While Sam's storytelling is more subdued, depicting the kind of bruised idealism that fractures from one moment to the next, Lisa's songwriting inhabits a more confident Annie Clark-like approach to darkness, often gleefully taking the predator's role in her narratives.

In this evolution since the band’s first EP in 2011, the dynamic has become more experimental and complex with each release. You’ll hear Wurlitzer electric organ playing an active role in their sound, but the multi-instrumentalists will often highlight this with a passionate guitar riff, distorted bass, dirty synth or bright ukulele. Alongside, drummer and percussionist Chris Hermsen employs electric drum techniques playing acoustic drums, pulling inspiration from James Blake or Ian Chang.

Overall, the trio’s brilliance is the vital interdependency between the vocals and the music; in each song, they create an energy which builds slowly from a hum to a howl, that lingers even in the silence.