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Portugal. The Man

Biography

Portugal. The Man took 2017 by the horns after a considerably long gap, between records. They spent years working on an album called Gloomin + Doomin before later developing what would become known as their latest studio album WOODSTOCK. Fate struck lead singer, John Gourley, twice. First, John got some parental tough love from his old man. “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?” The whole thing got 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, John found his dad’s ticket stub from the original 1969 Woodstock music festival, which ultimately knocked something loose in his 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 threw it out. The band went back to the studio – working with John Hill, Danger Mouse and longtime collaborator Casey Bates. In this new-found creative territory, the album that became WOODSTOCK rolled out naturally from there. Fast forward to present day and it was impossible to escape the album’s first single “Feel It Still,” which dominated the charts and radio airwaves in 2017. The 4X Platinum Certified hit reigned at #1 at nearly all radio formats, including Top 40, as well as Alternative, where the song held the chart’s top spot for a mind-blowing 20 weeks, breaking the record for most weeks at #1. Yes, you read that right. 5 guys from Wasilla, Alaska who have played nearly 1,500 shows in their career broke Alternative radio records and had a #1 song at Pop radio. Billboard Magazine even went as far as to call the song, “the unexpected rock crossover hit of 2017,” while Rolling Stone listed it as “one of the best songs of 2017.” AND THEN…the band kicked off 2018 by winning a GRAMMY Award for “Feel It Still.”


Video & Press
  • Woodstock Reveals 50th Anniversary Lineup

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  • Lucius Release Remix of Portugal. The Man’s ‘Tidal Wave’

    [Paste Magazine] The track came together as the bands prepared for their tour dates together By Justin Kamp Brooklyn indie-pop band Lucius have released a remix of Portugal. The Man’s “Tidal Wave” off the band’s 2017 smash hit Woodstock. The track came together over the summer as the bands prepared for their upcoming tour dates […]

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  • Beavis & Butt-Head Come Out of Retirement to Critique Portugal. The Man

    [Stereogum] By Gabriela Tully Claymore Beavis & Butt-Head have come out of retirement to criticize Portugal. The Man. The band has been opening their shows on tour with the video for “Feel It Still,” their wildly successful pop hit, edited by Mike Judge, the creator of Beavis & Butt-Head. In the clip, Beavis & Butt-Head […]

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  • HUGE Congrats to the Grammy Winners!

    HUGE congrats to the Grammy winners! We are so proud to work with you ❤️ Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Feel It Still Portugal. The Man Best Folk Album Mental Illness Aimee Mann American Roots Performance Killer Diller Blues Alabama Shakes

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  • Watch Portugal. The Man Discuss Woodstock and Hit Song ‘Feel It Still’

    [American Songwriter] By Brittney McKenna Portland band Portgual. The Man had an incredible 2017, largely due to the runaway success of their single “Feel It Still.” Off the band’s eighth album Woodstock, the funky, retro-leaning track has hit number one on several Billboard charts — including a record breaking 20-week stint atop the Alternative Songs […]

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  • Portugal. The Man’s ‘Feel It Still’ Is Biggest Rock Crossover Hit in Five Years

    [Billboard] By Gary Trust The song achieves what no hit has at radio since Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” in 2012. Portugal. The Man adds two more tallies to its chart-topping resume, as “Feel It Still” hits No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts (dated Nov. 11). The song, […]

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  • Portugal. The Man Earns First Alternative Songs No. 1 With ‘Feel It Still’

    [Billboard] By Kevin Rutherford The track previously topped Adult Alternative Songs, marking the band’s first airplay leader. After earning its first Billboard airplay chart No. 1 earlier this year, Portugal. The Man dons another chart crown, as “Feel It Still” climbs 2-1 on the Alternative Songs radio-based ranking (dated July 8). “Feel” is the first […]

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  • Inside Portugal. The Man’s Long Ascent to the Mainstream

    [Rolling Stone] Band talks putting in their “10,000 hours,” recording with Mike D and scoring their biggest song yet By Elias Leight At a time when most rock bands in search of hits are swiping drum patterns and bass lines from hip-hop and electronic music – take Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” or Muse’s “Dig Down” – […]

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