Artist: Portugal. The Man Biography

02 Feb 2006, 03:32  34,793,142  891,973

Portugal. The ManPortugal. The Man is an experimental indie rock band from Wasilla, Alaska (formed in 2004), but currenly based in Portland, Oregon, USA. The band's line-up currently consists of singer/guitarist John Gourley and bassist Zach Carothers (both formerly of Anatomy Of A Ghost), Gourley's wife Zoe Manville (backup vocals/percussion), guitarist Eric Howk, drummer Jason Sechrist, and keyboardist Kyle O'Quin. The band has released eight studio albums (the latest being 2017's "Woodstock"), two #1 hits on Alternative Radio, scored a #4 hit in the USA with "Feel It Still", and won a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Portugal. The Man centered on frontman John Gourley’s abstract musical approach and corresponding upbringing. He was raised in a sort of technological isolation: his log cabin home in the winter wasteland of the fringes of Wasilla, Alaska was powered by a generator and had no telephone. Both of his parents helped completely immerse him in the unique lifestyle that comes with a land of seasonal darkness and perpetual cold with their jobs as dog sled mushers. Gourley’s innate curiosity and individual spirit combined with a fascination with science fiction and experiences of homelessness create a distinctly transcendent sound that is always open to interpretation and change.

The band’s debut album, Waiter: “You Vultures!” was released by Fearless Records on January 24th, 2006.

On June 22, 2007 they released their second full length, Church Mouth. The band then set out on a full US tour with support from The Photo Atlas, Play Radio Play, Tera Melos, and The Only Children. They then toured Europe, and followed it up with another US headlining tour with support from Rocky Votolato and Great Depression during September and October. Following this tour, they joined Thursday on a short east coast tour in November alongside Circle Takes the Square.

Portugal. The Man collaborated with the band The Sound of Animals Fighting on the re-release of their first album, “Tiger and the Duke.” Portugal. The Man remixed three of the songs on that album.

On July 30, 2008, it was announced that Portugal. The Man would release Censored Colors under its independent record label, Approaching AIRballoons, with a partnership with EQUAL VISION RECORDS. The album was released September 16, 2008.

On April 9th, 2009, Portugal. The Man announced a fourth studio album, The Satanic Satanist. It was released on July 21, 2009.

As of October 2009, It was announced through Twitter that Portugal. The Man have completed another album entitled “American Ghetto” which combines their progressive rock style from their latter albums with some of the electo style from their “Its Complicated Being A Wizard” release. A listening party was held for a group of 17 fans in Los Angeles CA. The album was released on March 2, 2010.

The Got it All (This Can’t Be Living Now) Songfacts reports the band’s sixth album and first for Atlantic, In the Mountain in the Cloud, was released on July 19, 2011.

On February 8, 2013, Portugal. The Man leaked pictures on Bonnaroo's official Tumblr page which showed that celebrated producer Danger Mouse was producing the band's new record. According to a Q&A Zach did on the band's Tumblr, their new album was influenced by Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album.

On February 25, 2013, Portugal. The Man released the name of their new album, titled Evil Friends, on Instagram. On March 6, the band revealed the album art for Evil Friends using a Tweet-to-reveal mosaic. The next day, the video for the title track from Evil Friends was released on the band's YouTube channel. On June 4, 2013, the album was released in the United States. The album featured backing vocals by Este Haim and Danielle Haim. A music video of "Purple Yellow Red and Blue" followed.

On April 22, 2014, the band announced a partnership with Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute to release a limited-edition run of 400 records to raise awareness for critically endangered Sumatran tigers. The track, "Sumatran Tiger" does not officially exist digitally, and the copies were sent to "400 carefully chosen influencers, among them actors, activists, musicians, conservationists, bloggers and journalists," and is, as the band claims, "the first song meant to go extinct unless it's reproduced." The band encouraged fans to "scour the Internet" using the hashtags #EndangeredSong and #SumatranTiger to find recordings of the song.

In November 2014, Portugal. The Man were in the studio recording their eighth album with Mike D from The Beastie Boys producing. The band also posted pictures of themselves in the studio on Instagram, as well as showcasing small teasers of what their new album would sound like. Mac Miller was also shown working with the band as well. In May 2015, the band released teasers on social networks of what appeared to be new music with a Latin twist with huapango guitars, dream synths and drums machines. On May 5, Portugal. The Man released a Spanish version of "Purple Yellow Red and Blue" covered by a Mexican-American band called The Chamanas on their official YouTube channel to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. On December 31, 2015, Portugal. The Man posted to their website that they had completed two records followed by separate hashtags #Gloomin + #Doomin. However, on February 3, 2016, the band tweeted from their official account that the new record would be entitled Gloomin + Doomin. In February 2016 Portugal. the Man were featured on the Yoko Ono collaboration album Yes, I'm A Witch Too performing "Soul Got Out of the Box".

On November 30, 2016, Triple J radio debuted Portugal. The Man's new song "Noise Pollution". It was released as a single on December 2, and featured Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Zoe Manville. On March 3, 2017, the band released a single titled "Feel It Still", which was followed by the release of an accompanying music video three days later. It was revealed that Gloomin + Doomin "failed to complete" and was thrown out after three years. They have since completed another album, titled Woodstock, which is promoted by "Feel It Still". The album's title was inspired by an original 1969 Woodstock music festival ticket stub owned by Gourley's father. It led Gourley to a realization that almost 50 years later, music has the same mission as then – "to comment on societal and political unease." "We worked with so many rad people on this album, but ended up with just the four of us in a basement at 4 a.m. trying to say something that mattered," said Gourley. "Trying to write music that would help people feel they're not alone, even if they're angry or feeling lost." Woodstock was released on June 16, 2017. John Gourley and Zoe Manville married on New Year's Eve 2017.

Top Track "Portugal. The Man"

Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man

Feel It Still

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Purple Yellow Red and Blue - Portugal. The Man

Purple Yellow Red and Blue

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So American - Portugal. The Man

So American

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Modern Jesus - Portugal. The Man

Modern Jesus

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People Say - Portugal. The Man

People Say

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The Sun - Portugal. The Man

The Sun

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Evil Friends - Portugal. The Man

Evil Friends

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Atomic Man - Portugal. The Man

Atomic Man

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Creep In a T-Shirt - Portugal. The Man

Creep In a T-Shirt

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Work All Day - Portugal. The Man

Work All Day

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Sleep Forever - Portugal. The Man

Sleep Forever

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Plastic Soldiers - Portugal. The Man

Plastic Soldiers

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Hip Hop Kids - Portugal. The Man

Hip Hop Kids

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Lovers In Love - Portugal. The Man

Lovers In Love

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The Home - Portugal. The Man

The Home

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Do You - Portugal. The Man

Do You

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The Woods - Portugal. The Man

The Woods

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The Dead Dog - Portugal. The Man

The Dead Dog

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Everyone Is Golden - Portugal. The Man

Everyone Is Golden

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Guns & Dogs - Portugal. The Man

Guns & Dogs

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Smile - Portugal. The Man

Smile

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AKA M80 the Wolf - Portugal. The Man

AKA M80 the Wolf

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Mornings - Portugal. The Man

Mornings

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Sea of Air - Portugal. The Man

Sea of Air

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Live In The Moment - Portugal. The Man

Live In The Moment

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Senseless - Portugal. The Man

Senseless

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Colors - Portugal. The Man

Colors

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Lay Me Back Down - Portugal. The Man

Lay Me Back Down

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Waves - Portugal. The Man

Waves

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Holy Roller (Hallelujah) - Portugal. The Man

Holy Roller (Hallelujah)

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Let You Down - Portugal. The Man

Let You Down

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All My People - Portugal. The Man

All My People

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Shade - Portugal. The Man

Shade

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Someday Believers - Portugal. The Man

Someday Believers

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So Young - Portugal. The Man

So Young

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And I - Portugal. The Man

And I

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Share With Me The Sun - Portugal. The Man

Share With Me The Sun

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Sugar Cinnamon - Portugal. The Man

Sugar Cinnamon

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Church Mouth - Portugal. The Man

Church Mouth

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My Mind - Portugal. The Man

My Mind

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Gold Fronts - Portugal. The Man

Gold Fronts

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Created - Portugal. The Man

Created

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Marching With 6 - Portugal. The Man

Marching With 6

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