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Portugal. The Man

There has to be some credit given for this band's name alone -- co-founder John Gourley once explained it as an attempt to create a demi-mythic entity bigger than the individual members. Formed in Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man (yes, there's a period in the middle of their name) grew out of the ashes of Anatomy of a Ghost, a post-hardcore band whose vocalist and guitarist -- Gourley and Zach Carothers, respectively -- opted to continue working together. Rounding out the new band's lineup was keyboardist/singer Wes Hubbard, himself a veteran of other Alaskan groups, and the trio eventually relocated from Alaska to Portland, Oregon. Their initial existence in the Pacific Northwest was the typical hardscrabble life of a band with few resources, but drummer Jason Sechrist (formerly of Konmai Defense System) joined to form a more stable lineup. The band's profile received a boost from the Internet (the musicians made heavy use of MySpace and PureVolume for promotional purposes), and Portugal. The Man released an initial EP in 2005 before issuing their debut album, Waiter: You Vultures!, in early 2006. The next year, the group (whose lineup had once again reverted to three members, as Hubbard had left and was replaced by touring keyboardist Ryan Neighbors), issued Church Mouth, whose aggressive sound bore traces of Led Zeppelin and Jane's Addiction. The bandmates then opted to finance their third record themselves, drawing upon a wealth of guest musicians -- including trombonists, trumpeters, and violinists -- to create the eclectic Censored Colors. In 2009 the group released The Satanic Satanist, then quickly followed up the next year with the mellower and more electronic American Ghetto. Later that year, the band signed with Atlantic Records. Guitarist Noah Gersh joined the band for their 2011 summer tour. The group recorded their major label debut album, In the Mountain in the Cloud in late 2011; it was produced by John Hill, mixed by Andy Wallace, and released in July of 2012. A month earlier, Sleep Forever, a 13-minute short directed by Michael Ragen, and shot entirely in Gourley's hometown, premiered on the Independent Film Channel. This was the last recording for members Sechrist and Neighbors, who were replaced by drummer Kane Richotte and keyboardist Kyle O'Quin. Portugal. The Man enlisted Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) as producer for 2013's Evil Friends; the album was released in June of 2013. ~ Ned Raggett
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Albums by
Portugal. The Man

Top Songs by
Portugal. The Man

  1.   Song
  2.   People Say
  3.   Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)
  4.   Purple Yellow Red and Blue
  5.   The Dead Dog
  6.   All My People
  7.   AKA M80 the Wolf
  8.   My Mind
  9.   Modern Jesus
  10.   Sugar Cinnamon
  11.   Lay Me Back Down
  12.   Noise Pollution
  13.   Lovers in Love
  14.   60 Years
  15.   So American
  16.   Atomic Man
  17.   Evil Friends
  18.   Guns and Dogs
  19.   Smile
  20.   Work All Day
  21.   Head Is a Flame (Cool with It)
  22.   Church Mouth
  23.   Sleep Forever
  24.   The Sun
  25.   Do You
  26.   Creep in a T-Shirt
  27.   Our Way
  28.   The Bottom
  29.   Hip Hop Kids
  30.   Main Man
  31.   And I
  32.   Everyone Is Golden
  33.   Sit Back and Dream
  34.   Chicago
  35.   Holy Roller (Hallelujah)
  36.   How the Leopard Got Its Spots
  37.   Evil Friends by Danny Brown
  38.   Sea of Air
  39.   Plastic Soldiers
  40.   The Devil
  41.   Senseless
  42.   Floating (Time Isn't Working My Side)
  43.   All Your Light (Times Like These)
  44.   When the War Ends
  45.   Fantastic Pace
  46.   1000 Years
  47.   The Woods
  48.   1989/Our Way
  49.   Hard Times and Our Times
  50.   Out and in and in and Out
  51.   Salt
  52.   Colors
  53.   Kill Me. The King
  54.   Elephants
  55.   Tommy
  56.   Marching with 6
  57.   Heavy Games
  58.   Someday Believers
  59.   Waves
  60.   The Pines
  61.   You Carried Us (Share with Me the Sun)
  62.   Everything You See (Kids Count Hallelujahs)
  63.   The Pushers Party
  64.   Do What We Do
  65.   Break
  66.   Mornings
  67.   Let You Down
  68.   The Home
  69.   Never Pleased
  70.   New Orleans
  71.   Telling Tellers Tell Me
  72.   Sun Brother (Excerpt)
  73.   Guns. Guns...Guns
  74.   Horse Warming Party
  75.   Just a Fool
  76.   Once Was One
  77.   Share with Me the Sun
  78.   Waiter
  79.   Shade
  80.   Stables & Chairs
  81.   Bad, Bad Levi Brown
  82.   Some Men
  83.   Bellies Are Full
  84.   Children
  85.   Sleeping Sleepers Sleep
  86.   (Intermission)
  87.   Oh Lord
  88.   Our Times
  89.   Dawn
  90.   Hard Times
  91.   Gold Fronts
  92.   1989
  93.   Created
  94.   All Mine

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