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Portugal. The Man have announced the arrival of their much anticipated new album, 'Woodstock!'
PTM's last album came out over three years ago—a long gap for a band who've dropped roughly an album a year since 2006. And in true, prolific band fashion, they've spent almost every minute since 2013 working on an album called 'Gloomin + Doomin.' They created a shit-ton of individual songs, but as a whole, none of them hung together in a way that felt right. Then John Gourley, PTM's lead singer, made a trip home to Wasilla, Alaska, (Home of Portugal. The Man's biggest fan, Sarah Palin) and two things happened that completely changed the album's trajectory.
First, John got some parental tough love from his old man, who called John on the proverbial carpet or dogsled or whatever you put people on when you want to yell at them in Alaska. "What's taking so long to finish the album?" John's dad asked. "Isn't that what bands do? Write songs and then put them out?" Like fathers and unlicensed therapists tend to do, John's dad cut him deep. The whole thing started John thinking about why the band seemed to be stuck on a musical elliptical machine from hell and, more importantly, about how to get off of it.
Second, fate stuck its wiener in John's ear again when he found his dad's ticket stub from the original 1969 Woodstock music festival. It seems like a small thing, but talking to his dad about Woodstock '69 knocked something loose in John's head. He realized that, in the same tradition of bands from that era, Portugal. The Man needed to speak out about the world crumbling around them. With these two ideas converging, the band made a seemingly bat-shit-crazy decision: they took all of the work they had done for the three years prior and they threw it out.
It wasn't easy and there was the constant threat that the band's record label might have them killed, but the totally insane decision paid off. With new, full-on, musical boners, the band went back to the studio—working with John Hill (In The Mountain In The Cloud), Danger Mouse (Evil Friends), Mike D (Everything Cool), and longtime collaborator Casey Bates (The one consistent producer since the first record). In this new-found creative territory, the album that became Woodstock rolled out naturally from there.
Remember that mountain of burning needles we were talking about? Good. Because Woodstock is an album (Including the new single Feel It Still) that—with optimism and heart—points at the giant pile and says, "Hey, this pile is fucked up!" And if you think that pile is fucked up too, you owe it to yourself—hell, to all of us—to get out there and do something about it.
In celebration of 4/20, Portugal. The Man and Wieden + Kennedy teamed up again, this time with Oregon cannabis grower Hifi Farms to release Feel it Still, a custom, packaged, pre-rolled blend designed to pair with the new single/video. A top shelf blend of hybrid strains Gorilla Glue #4 and Girl Scout Cookies, Feel It Still arrived last week at all Serra Cannabis and Electric Lettuce recreational dispensaries.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Artist||PORTUGAL THE MAN|
|Music Genre Primary||Alternative|
- 1. Number One
- 2. Easy Tiger
- 3. Live In The Moment
- 4. Feel It Still
- 5. Rich Friends
- 6. Keep On
- 7. So Young
- 8. Mr Lonely
- 9. Tidal Wave
- 10. Noise Pollution
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