"Think The White Stripes meet The Mars Volta meets Led Zeppelin." -- San Antonio Express-News
As a follow up to their eminently successful, 35-city SRO North American summer tour, much buzzed-about indie-rock up-and-comers Portugal. The Man - John Baldwin Gourley (vocals, guitars, synthesizers, programming), Zachary Scott Carothers (bass, vocals, percussion), and Jason Sechrist (drums, congas, percussion, vocals) - will join up with Rocky Votolato for a 30-date trek across the U.S. and Canada. With The Great Depression opening, the tour will kick off on September 17 in Lawrence, KS, playing major and secondary markets, and will wrap up in Austin, TX on October 20. The complete itinerary is below.
P.TM's Fall jaunt is in support of their new album "Church Mouth" (Fearless) which was released July 24 and put the band onto the Billboard charts for the first time in their career, having debuted at lucky #13 on the trade's Top Alternative New Artists chart. Additionally, "Church Mouth" has received spectacular national, regional, local and online press - "FOUR AND A-HALF STARS"/Alternative Press, ".compelling music that's actually worth the buzz it's generating"/OC Weekly, "Portugal. The Man suggests the sort of thing a young Led Zeppelin might have done in 2007..."/Arizona Republic, and "Portugal. The Man is one of the most unique and original groups of current time"/AbsolutePunk.com.
A Portugal. The Man show is usually never what you quite expect, truly never the same night after night, and these upcoming concerts should prove to be no different. The band utilizes a compelling light show to create various moods and a balance of abstract esotericism and vivid metal imagery, and guest musicians tend to jump on stage for a song or two. Expect to hear a selection of new songs from "Church Mouth" as well as songs from the band's 2006 album, "Waiter: You Vultures!"
"Church Mouth," a departure from the drum-machine and sequencer-heavy "Waiter: You Vultures!," is an organic record that transcends genre constraints by managing to recall seemingly disparate acts such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the White Stripes, the Mars Volta, and Santana. Lyrically, the schizophrenic-sounding "Church Mouth" centers on political and religious imagery. From the funky soul-prog feel of "Sugar Cinnamon" (think an updated version of the MC5), to the psychedelic groove of "Oh Lord," to more melody-driven yet equally intense rockers like the title track and "Children," and the hauntingly exquisite "Shade,"
Portugal. The Man's unique sound has its roots firmly in front man/songwriter Gourley's abstract vision and unique upbringing. Gourley was raised in a remote log cabin on the outskirts of Wasilla, Alaska that was powered by a generator and had no phone. His mom and dad doubled as a team of dog sled mushers. Add in an extended period of homelessness, a love of science fiction and a desire to make music that does not sound like every other band, and the genesis of Portugal. The Man was formed. Gourley and childhood friend Carothers formed PTM in 2003 with Portland, OR's Jason Sechrist joining in 2005. To this day, PTM employs a rotating cast of guest musicians outside of the core three. Gourley is also an accomplished visual artist having created the stunning artwork for the "Church Mouth" package as well as PTM's previous releases, tour posters, t-shirts and other items.
Confirmed dates for Portugal. The Man with Rocky Votolato and The Great Depression are as follows:
17 Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence, KS
18 Picador, Iowa City, IA
19 Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
20 Abbey Pub, Chicago, IL
21 Stonefly Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
22 Mac's Bar, Lansing, MI
23 Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
25 Higher Ground, So. Burlington, VT
26 Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA
27 Luna Lounge, Brooklyn, NY
28 Club Lambi, Montreal, QC CANADA
29 El Mocambo, Toronto, ON CANADA
1 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
2 The Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, D.C.
3 The Pub, Harrisonburg, VA
4 Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
5 123 Pleasant St., Morgantown, WVa
6 Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC
7 New Brookland Tavern, Columbia, SC
9 The Orpheum, Ybor City, FL
10 The Social, Orlando, FL
11 Common Grounds, Gainesville, FL
12 The Loft, Atlanta, GA
13 Rocketown, Nashville, TN
14 The Mad Hatter, Covington, KY
15 Off Broadway Nightclub, St. Louis, MO
17 Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK
18 House of Blues/Cambridge Room, Dallas, TX
19 Rock Bottom Bar, San Antonio, TX
20 Stubb's BBQ, Austin, TX