While Alaska has given us its fair share of crude oil and eccentric governors, the state isn’t exactly known for producing successful indie rock bands. But there was no containing Portugal. The Man when they burst on the scene ten years ago. Since then, they’ve released an impressive eight albums, and even made a fan out of Kanye West. Yeah. That Kanye West.
While they consider Alaska home, the band has spent the last decade in Portland, where frontman John Gourley went to school and founded emo outfit Anatomy of a Ghost with drummer Zach Carothers. When that band fizzled out, they turned their focus to Portugal. The Man, started touring like crazy, and put out an astounding six albums in six years. They also took some selfies. Lots and lots of selfies…
For their eighth album, last year’s fantastic Evil Friends, Portugal. The Man went into the studio with superstar producer Danger Mouse. Known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells, and Beck, he was introduced to the band by their former tourmate (and frequent Danger Mouse collaborator) Patrick Carney of The Black Keys. The collaboration was a huge success, resulting in what The A.V. Club called their “catchiest, most confident, and diverse record yet.”
If you’re feeling sinister, go ahead and give Evil Friends a listen. Consequence of Sound predicted it would be their breakthrough record, celebrating the band for “amplifying pop sensibilities and executing them in their fullest Technicolor forms.” Of course, the only thing that could top the album is hearing it all live. Add Portugal. The Man to your schedule and get ready to see them light up Forest Park this fall!