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The Weather Machine

Portland Power-Americana!

The Weather Machine

Sama Dams, Haley Heynderickx

Sat, August 12

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

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR


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
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.
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.