Sam released his first solo record, Highwater Moonboot in 2003 under the moniker “Modernstate.” Modernstate would go on to tour the US multiple times and perform alongside amazing artists like Crooked Fingers, Alela Diane, Talkdemonic, The Decemberists, Horsefeathers, Karl Blau, Microphones/Mount Eerie, Old Time Relijun, Songs Ohia, and even Mary Lou Lord. After releasing the critically acclaimed The Burning Beard in 2006, Sam mostly retired the name Modernstate and began to focus on collaborative projects.
Principal among these was notorious art-punk auteurs …worms. Their reign of chaos would birth 2 releases, a 2005 self titled 4 song 7″ EP and a 2007 45 rpm 12″, both now out of print. No song titles, no album titles, …worms existed to confound and confuse and confront, and to the shocked admiration of all who saw them, this they accomplished in spades. A few short years later …worms disbanded when, classically, everyone in the band got fed-up with the lead singer.
2008 saw the first “Sam Humans” shows and brought a new band, hugely influential psych-cumbia basement party kings OBruxo (named for renowned Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal). OBruxo changed the game for musicians in Portland, opening up a realm of possibility and positivity that still resonates in the scene today. 2009 saw the birth of a child and the recordings of what would go on to become the first official Sam Humans release, 2011’s Live Free, a split 10″ EP with Chicago band The Heligoats, aka Chris Otepka from Troubled Hubble.
Fatherhood became the principal focus of Sams life, along with a string of new collaborations including the fantastically adventurous Secret Drum Band (featuring members of Unwound, !!!, Explode into Colors and Psychomagic) and holding down both percussion and guitar duty in trad-cumbia outfit Orquestra Pacifio Tropical. Finally, in 2016, Sam released Soulboss and toured the world. 2017 will see the release of a new batch of songs, Anthropocene, and another world tour.