**SXSW Spotlight** Portugal. The Man


I had a great time when I first saw Portugal. The Man play San Antonio in 2006. The three-piece band is from Wasilla, Alaska. Musically, Portugal. The Man's style is one of variation. Their style is both rooted in the indie and experimental genre, but their songs also contain elements of soul, blues, and folk music. At times, the band chooses to utilize drum machines and/or synth loops to anchor their songs, while at other times, the band chooses to use the more conventional guitar, bass, and acoustic drum configuration that is characteristic of rock music. The band also utilizes keyboards in much of its music. In addition to their instrumentals, John Baldwin Gourley's distinctly higher-pitched vocals add to Portugal. The Man's unique sound. Lyrically, Gourley provides the band with abstract and/or enigmatic lyrics that rely heavily on imagery. Gourley's verses are usually delivered in the first person singular or plural.

The band's name is based on the idea of David Bowie's "bigger than life" fame. They wanted the band to have a bigger than life feel but didn't want to name it after one of their members. "A country is a group of people," guitar player and vocalist John Gourley explains. "With Portugal, it just ended up being the first country that came to mind. The band's name is Portugal. The period is stating that and The Man states that it's just one person." The name has more personal meaning as well. Portugal. The Man was also going to be the name of a book that Gourley had planned to write about his father and his many adventures.

Portugal. The Man plan on self-releasing a new cd this year. They will taking to the stage here in Austin for SXSW. They have been known to add a few people to their lineup for their live shows, should be a good time.

SXSW Tourdates:

March 11th - Sixth Street Showdown
(White Denim, Portugal The Man, The Last Vegas, The Hard Lessons, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Catfish Haven, Scissors For Lefty, Thee Emergency) at Emo's [outside stage]

March 13th - Emo's Jr. (8pm)

March 13th - Pure Volume Presents (Breathe Carolina (3am), Portugal the Man (2am), The Photo Atlas (1am), Band Marino (midnight), DJ Lounge (8pm-midnight) at the PureVolume Ranch (2nd St. next to the convention center, RSVP here)

March 14th - Suburban Homes day party
Jon Snodgrass (of Drag the River), Two Cow Garage, Playing Favorites, Joey Cape (acoustic), Teenage Bottlerocket, Scott Reynolds and the Steaming Beast, Limbeck, Portugal the Man, Ghost Buffalo, Jr. Juggernaut, O Pioneers!!! (performing with the Paper Moons) at Headhunters (noon-8pm, free)

March 14th - The Happy Fun Ball SXSW Day Party[Nada Surf (4pm), Longwave (3pm),The Future Cast (2:15pm), Portugal the Man(1:15pm),The Big Sleep (12:30pm)Joseph Arthur (12pm)]

March 15th - Do512 Big Day party
Portugal the Man, Wild Orchid Children, The Viet Minh, Capitol K at
The Graveyard - Do512 Compound (2208 S. Lamar, 3pm-10pm, free with rsvp here)

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