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Portugal. the Man Announce New Album

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Portugal. the Man will release their new album Woodstock on June 16th. They’ve released a video for the first single “Number One” and pre-orders for the album are now up.

    Well, we’re four full months into 2017 and the world continues to burn like an avalanche of flaming biohazard material sliding down a mountain of used needles into a canyon full of rat feces. But hey, it’s not all bad: Portugal. The Man has a new album coming out called 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 said. “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.

  2. tastetherainbow


    Music is really disappointing me lately.
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  3. xburningcoffin


    I get the connection and relationship to Woodstock and their aims for this record. But I would call any of their earlier records Woodstock over the two songs they have released. I am very grateful for all of the great records they made before because these new songs are not my cup of tea at all.
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  4. mattylikesfilms


    "Feel It Still" is fine but it sounds like a song they could write in their sleep, "Noise Pollution is a JAM and I'm so happy they left it on the record, and "Number One" is pretty bad IMO.

    I'm having a feeling that maybe Doomin+Gloomin should have been released but hopefully Woodstock wows like Evil Friends did. Fingers crossed!
  5. marsupial jones

    make a bagel without the hole

    super fucking psyched for this. i love their creativity and vast discography.
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  6. I Am Mick

    @gravebug Prestigious

    I would not know this was Portugal. The Man if I heard it out of the blue. It's...fine? This band hasn't blown me away on a record since Church Mouth. Wish they could capture the full bodied jams that they perform live
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  7. Serenity Now Apr 28, 2017
    (Last edited: Apr 28, 2017)
    Serenity Now

    deliver us from e-mail Supporter

    I am into this song.

    I was originally NOT into "Feel it Still" but have come around to it as of late. Still have no idea what it's about though.

    These guys have always been great live and for that reason alone my pre-order is already in.
  8. Dan O'Neill Apr 28, 2017
    (Last edited: Apr 29, 2017)
    Dan O'Neill


    "Feel It Still" rules so hard.

    My wife hasn't been into Portugal since Satanic Satanist, but she's obsessed with this track. I'm surprised to see so many disappointed comments here.
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  9. Jakob Allen


    Feel it still is my least favorite of the songs released so far. I love noise pollution and number one, and just kinda like feel it still.
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  10. Serenity Now

    deliver us from e-mail Supporter

    I caught them live in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

    I was amazed at the sold out show and the crowd they attracted.

    Looked like a bunch of high schoolers, late grade college kids, & young adults.
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  11. Dan O'Neill


    Their sorta recent tour with Cage the Elephant seems to have garnered them a whole new gaggle of fans.
  12. younglikeme Apr 29, 2017
    (Last edited: Apr 30, 2017)

    ii // YLM

    Really dig this as a progression from Evil Friends which I loved a whole lot. I saw them on the tour with Forgive Durden & Gatsbys American Dream back in the day when their first record came out & been on the weird journey with them ever since; somehow they don't lose me but I could see how they would for some.
  13. Derek Wright

    Regular Prestigious

    Really stoked on this release! I hope the rest of the album is like their previous 2 singles.
  14. lolfpcmlol


    I don't feel number one too much but i like feel it still and noise pollution and the sample they released for Easy Tiger on instagram sounds awesome. However, I'm disappointed it's only 10 songs and I miss their previous output of an album a year. Knowing we're now going years before albums puts that much pressure on it to be good and with only 10 songs, and having heard 3 I'm keeping my hopes level.
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