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.
Was that doumak's doing? Well then, thank you doumak! I learned about them on this board and PTM is one of my favorite bands from '10. I'm almost mad it took me so long to hear about them. Their set at Sasquatch was pretty good, and it really left me wanting more. I'm sad that they're skipping Vancouver on their next tour. Maybe I'll find an excuse to hit Seattle the last weekend in April. Another excuse, that is.
Also, awesome story J-Dubs! That sounds like quite the experience for a youngster.