Post by know ID yuh on Jun 29, 2010 18:59:39 GMT -8
I started with the Satan album, then went to Church Mouth based on a couple recommendations. I didn't find myself absolutely hooked though until I heard Censored Colors. That album has a couple classics, and shows off their wide range.
I saw them live again the other night. I'm working on a live review. I'll post it here when I'm finished.
Sasquatch left me too broke to see them again a few weeks ago. I'm still recommending "It's Complicated Being a Wizard." Aside from the awesome title, the concept is pretty cool. If you have 24 minutes to kill and you want to go on a Portugal odyssey, you'll have a great time.
yes the most passive aggressive person i've ever cyber met
Post by J. Walter Weatherman on Mar 22, 2011 5:20:47 GMT -8
Couple things: 1) Maybe this should get a move since they aren't on the lineup this year. 2) I think that "Its Complicated" is a very interesting first recommendation, haha. Zack (their bass player) told us the story of where that EP's name came from during what is pretty much my only DTGYDSATT moment. Mike Muldoon, who was Bear vs Shark's bass player, and Jason (Portugal's drummer- Also formerly of a short lived Portland band Konami Defense System) were playing Magic together in the green room while they were on tour together. John Gourley walked past and kind of snickered, and Mike Muldoon quickly turned and said "What? Its complicated being a wizard." True story.
gotta love Portugal. All of their stuff is great but Church Mouth has to be my favorite and the first album of theirs I picked up. Gotta love the bluesy, southern rock feel. It's excellent from start to finish. I just wish they'd play more songs from it when they preform live. The two times I've seen them the only song off it the play is My Mind.
Post by J. Walter Weatherman on Mar 22, 2011 22:49:02 GMT -8
Here's the promised Portugal story:
2007, I believe, I went to see a show that I regret not going to all of every day, as Tera Melos was the opening band that night, and I probably would have been the TM superfan I am today much earlier. Anyways, the show was headlined by The Fall of Troy, and the band before them was a band I had never heard of before, fresh off the release of their first album, Waiter, You Vultures. Obviously, this band was Portugal. The Man. My buddy picked up waiter, and I forced him to play "Marching With 6" over and over and over again on the ride home, that being the song that hooked me straight into the Portugal obsession. Got home, and lo and behold, they were playing another show the week after that, so we went and I bought pretty much every piece of merch they had (only two cd's and a shirt at that time). Fast forward a bit....... This was when myspace was still the place to be, and they posted a blog saying "If anyone wants to hear the new album (church mouth), come ask us after a show and we will play it for you," something along those lines. Unfortunately (or so I thought at the time) they weren't playing any washington dates. So on the offhand chance that something might be able to happen, I sent them a message basically saying "Hey, looks like you're not doing any WA dates, but we'd love to check the album out if you guys are going to be in WA at any point."
To my surprise, I got a reply back from Zack, the bass player. He said that they were going to be in town at their studio packing up for a couple of days, and that they'd love for us to come down, sent me his phone number, and gave us directions to the studio.
Basically, it consisted of meeting John and Zack, (jason was in portland at the time) as well as their producer Casey Bates and then sitting in the control room and listening to a pre-final mix of Church Mouth a couple months before its release. It was one of the greatest moments of my life, and I feel super lucky to have had that chance before they took off. They were (and probably still are) awesomely nice guys that were willing to let a couple 19 year old guys come sit and revel in their minor celebrity.
This meeting is where the "Its Complicated" naming story came from. Those guys are awesome.
Wow, I definitely made that way the hell longer than it needed to be. Guess I was just enjoying the memories.