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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Evil Friends

1. Plastic Soldiers

2. Creep In A T-Shirt

3. Evil Friends

4. Modern Jesus

5. Hip Hop Kids

6. Atomic Man

7. Sea Of Air

8. Waves

9. Holy Roller (Hallelujah)

10. Someday Believers

11. Purple Yellow Red And Blue

12. Smile

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Track List: In The Mountain In The Cloud

1. So American

2. Floating (Time Isn't Working My Side)

3. Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)

4. Senseless

5. Head Is A Flame (Cool With It)

6. You Carried Us (Share With Me The Sun)

7. Everything You See (Kids Count Hallelujahs)

8. All Your Light (Times Like These)

9. Once Was One

10. Share With Me The Sun

11. Sleep Forever

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Track List: American Ghetto

1. The Dead Dog

2. Break

3. 60 Years

4. All My People

5. 1000 Years

6. Fantastic Pace

7. The Pushers Party

8. Do What We Do

9. Just A Fool

10. Some Men

11. When The War Ends

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Track List: The Satanic Satanist

1. People Say

2. Work All Day

3. Lovers In Love

4. The Sun

5. The Home

6. The Woods

7. Guns And Dogs

8. Do You

9. Everyone Is Golden

10. Let You Down

11. Mornings

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Track List: Censored Colors

1. Lay Me Back Down

2. Colors

3. And I

4. Salt

5. Created

6. Out And In And In And Out

7. Intermission

8. New Orleans

9. Never Pleased

10. Sit Back And Dream

11. Hard Times

12. Our Times

13. All Mine

14. 1989

15. Our Way

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Track List: Church Mouth

1. Church Mouth

2. Sugar Cinnamon

3. Telling Tellers Tell Me

4. My Mind

5. Shade

6. Dawn

7. Oh Lord

8. Bellies Are Full

9. Children

10. Bottom, The

11. Sleeping Sleepers Sleep

12. Sun Brother

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Track List: Waiter: "You Vultures!"

1. How The Leopard Got Its Spots

2. Gold Fronts

3. Stables & Chairs

4. Aka M80 The Wolf

5. Marching With 6

6. Elephants

7. Waiter

8. Chicago

9. Bad, Bad Levi Brown

10. Kill Me. The King

11. Tommy

12. Horse Warming Party

13. Guns.Guns...Guns

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Track List: Heavy Games (Single)

1. Heavy Games

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Track List: Remix EP

1. Evil Friends (Feat. Danny Brown) (Jake One Remix)

2. Purple Yellow Red And Blue (Passion Pit Remix)

3. Modern Jesus (Charli XCX Remix)

4. Modern Jesus (Mike D Remix)

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Love them so much.
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This music is great to listen to while f**ked up. The first time I tried acid, I was watching the purple yellow red and blue music vid when it hit. That is one experience I wont forget simply because of the great deep personal insight I acquired at that perfect moment. I plan to see them live. They are def in my top 5, but Tool will always be my number 1. Really really wish they could release another album for us.
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So moist. I'd listen to the radio again if they played this...
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chrisholden8
They are amazing. I remember my friend played their song once was one and I fell in love. A few months later I decided to look them up and lol originally I thought their name was just Portugal and their album was called the man. I think I listened to people say and I liked that but it was modern Jesus that got me hooked. I have now heard every single song by them.
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Thanks to this band I can play almost every one of their songs on my guitar. I can't sing worth of s**t but I'm trying to make a band similar to portugal. The man or black keys thanks to this band they've inspired me for it. No lie
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vail423
I would love another album
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Love this band! Anatomy of a ghost was one of my favs growing up. Its natural I'd like them too.
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Fantastic band! Saw them at red rocks with grouplove and it changed my life lol!
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I f**king love portugal the man, I don't care if they're getting ridiculously popular. They deserve to be revered as gods because I've been around for them since church mouth and I have every single album and I f**king love them to death
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There music is all perfect
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hayward51018
Their originality is so refreshing! I love their music.
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they have quite a few illuminati references.
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My fav song from them. Follow for a follow:)
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They might be satanic, but truthfully satanism is just a form of atheism where you try not to have regrets
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Are they satanic?
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thexlostxpap e r c l i p
If you need new music, check out the new Jack White song! https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = M Q O n b p _ D s p Y
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I don't think Demi-mythic is a word…..Portu g a l . The Man, f**k yeah!
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karmacreatio n s
I am sure they got famous to escape Wasilla and Sarah Palin and Family LOL
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There is not one f**king song I don't love from this band!!!
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philippe287
Saw them in Denver with my son. Was the only 61 year old in the crowd and really enjoyed them.
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I can listen to them all day... I've been a fan since the beginning and the way they have been able to capture great music time and time again, really speaks volumes of their talent. John is f**king magical.
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Its so f**king ridiculous how original and creative John is. I mean not only in the music in the art and the videos.
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This band seriously can't be beat. Very original, catchy and his voice....it' s amazing. Absolutly obsessed with Portugal the man.
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Portugal the god !
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They define originality
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Huge Fan That Got This Band On My Top 5 Easily!! *fangirling but its ok for this band*
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The lyrics posted on Share with me the sun are copied and pasted from the wrong song from the second stanza down. But this band is the tits
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I just love how their style changes so much with every album. Portugal. The Man is just plain wonderful.
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Similar artist for this band is bullshite. This band is nothing like Dr.Dog, Broken Bells OR Starfucker! Couldn't be less accurate haha. I could see Black Keys and Cold War Kids. I'm surprised the Raconteurs aren't there honestly. But of the few songs i heard, they sound pretty cool
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my friend first introduced purple yellow red and blue to me. they're great! I instantly loved them!!
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Wow. Very short comment thread. Friend of mine put me on to these guys. Pretty original, mellow feel
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As everyone else has said, these guys are amazing live. Wonderful visuals, and the music is amazing.
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They are great live!
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bisoynemo
Don't read this because it actually happens . You will be kissed by your love by the nearest Friday. Tomorrow
will be the best day of your life. Now that you started reading this don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. If you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. When your done press f6 then your lovers name will be on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually real. Why did you read this ?
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absolutly amazing live performance say them just last saterday in Albany NY at a free venue called pearl palooza
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Can't wait to see them at the Fillmore silver spring
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love this band- come to eastern WA
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I'm obsessed with them
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Why is this band so awesome. No compares to them
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Never gets old
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s**t is bomb great
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Great example of Alaskan Talent!!!
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My new obsession
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fo shiz
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Love it
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Yes.
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yes. all the way yes for this band. good stuff
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I'm obsessed with this band.
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jerome758
All positive vibes out of this band
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Best band around. Nothing compares
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