Experimental Portland band Sama Dams released their second album, Comfort in Doubt, late last year. In frontman Sam Adams’ winding vocals, gloomy keyboards and electronics, and math rock-like song constructions, you can hear echoes of indie rock giants Radiohead, or even the dormant Portland band Menomena. And then keys player and vocalist Lisa Adams takes the front role, stretching her voice over burbling rhythms and plucked acoustic guitar, and the band transforms into something else completely. Listening to the band offers constant surprises and musical turns.

The newest Road Sessions video sets Sama Dams in the middle of the Coast Range at Saddle Mountain State Park campground to play their song “My Ears are Ringing.” The park is a short drive off Highway 26, about 15 miles east of Seaside. There, 3288-foot Saddle Mountain rises out of a forest of Hemlock and Spruce trees, with a steep 2.5-mile hike to the top.

Sama Dams is frontman Sam Adams, keyboardist and vocalist Lisa Adams, and drummer Chris Hermsen. They’ll be in Bend July 22nd for the Newberry Event Music & Arts Festival and in Eugene August 3rd at Sam Bond’s Garage.

Travel Oregon has more info about the locations for the Road Sessions (and a lot of other great places to go). Look for a new Road Sessions premiere every Thursday this month and the first week of July, featuring Northwest artists in some of Oregon’s beautiful State Parks.


Director of Photography: Will Walle
Editor: Mimi Bergen
Shooters: Will Walle, Mimi Bergen, Veronica Rose
Audio Recording & Mixes: Colin Robson
Producer: Slater Smith