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Eight albums in, Portugal. The- Man are lastly getting their kicks within the mainstream.
The five-piece psych-pop band has contentedly scaled the choice charts for greater than a decade, still is now getting a style of crossover success with Really feel It Nonetheless, the swinging second single off their newest effort Woodstock. The- playful funk earworm reached a brand new high of No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this current week, with 469,000 downloads sold so far, in accordance to Nielsen Music.
USA TODAY catches up with direct singer John Gourley to learn more concerning the breakout group.
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1. There is a reason Really feel It Nonetheless sounds acquainted.
After releasing seventh album Evil Buddies in 2013, Portugal. The- Man spent nearly 4 years of time of time writing dozens of songs & working with producers together with Danger Mouse & the Beastie Boys’ Mike D. “I had the street ‘I am a rebel only for kicks’ for some time,” Gourley states. “I attempted it with a ton of various … songs, nevertheless it just by no means felt right.”
He discovered Really feel It Nonetheless within the studio in the future while noodling around on the bass, taking part in the Marvelettes’ 1961 Motown hit Please Mr. Postman. “It was a placeholder melody in that I threw at it & the 2nd I did, it just felt so natural & right,” Gourley states.
2. Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Pinkman is a fan.
Really feel It Nonetheless has cropped up in ads for YouTube TV & iPad Professional, still none has excited the self-confessed Breaking Bad fans greater than Aaron Paul dancing to the song on a treadmill in a Vitamin Water commercial.
“That was crazy,” Gourley states. “It might’ve just been a traditional ad and we might’ve done it, still instead, we got this rad Aaron Paul vibing to the track. I’m going to the movie theater back home & it plays before the movie I am watching. I really feel like a bit kid each time I hear it.”
three. Their frontman is an Alaskan native.
In 2004, Gourley moved from his hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, to Portland, Ore., so he might focus on music. He nonetheless has fond reminiscences of the Last Frontier, which he showcased in Portugal. The- Man’s wilderness-set short film Sleep Endlessly in 2011.
“Once we have been children, my favourite thing was coming to upstate New York NY where my family is from & hanging out with my grandparents’ buddies pre-Internet, & them asking if we had stores or ‘Do you’ve gotten TV in Alaska?’ ” Gourley states. “They have been legitimate questions, still yeah, we are sporting garments, not furs.”
four. Despite their pop radio hit, they’ve hardcore roots.
Before dropping out of highschool freshman yr, Gourley befriended bassist Zach Carothers, whose band at the time would play within the cafeteria throughout lunch. “He was the homecoming king & he was in front of the whole entire school jamming (to) Rage Against the Machine, Slayer, Metallica,” Gourley states. They shaped emo/screamo band Anatomy of a Ghost in 2002, still broke up two years of time of time after to focus on Gourley’s then-side project, Portugal. The- Man.
5. Their name is (virtually) as seemingly random 'cause it sounds.
Gourley was very shy growing up, so “I desired to create this onstage alter ego, like (David) Bowie creating Ziggy Stardust or The- Beatles with Sgt. Pepper. We have been just hardly dumber than both of them,” he states.
“A rustic is an particular human being on the earth in that represents a gaggle of individuals, so I made a decision we would name our band after a rustic & Portugal took place to be the one which popped up,” Gourley continues. “In hindsight, we ought to’ve named it one thing to do with Alaska. However you turn out to be so burnt out on beluga whales & huskies, you do not appreciate it the same method.”