Portugal. The Man have been perpetually recording and touring since the band’s formation, yet frontman John Gourley never suspected his band would be playing in arenas alongside acts like The Black Keys one day. Then again, Gourley also didn’t foresee their equipment getting stolen at Lollapalooza back in 2011 or working with producer Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) on their ninth studio album Evil Friends, either — yet all those things happened. All those things and more.
In the latest episode of The Hivecast with Matt Pinfield, Gourley told Matt what it was like working with Danger Mouse and the importance of touring nonstop.
“When we started out, this whole band had just been about working hard, and it’s the Alaskan thing, you just go out and do what you love. Period,” Gourley told Matt.
“We just toured as much as we could. All of our records have just been about trying to learn more and trying to get better at writing songs — and that’s why we put out a record every year, and that’s why we toured with every single band we could. We toured with hardcore bands, like Poison the Well, having [a] giant dude in the back of the room, shaved head, flipping us off the entire set—like the entire set, dedicated to hating us. We did all that stuff simply because we needed to get better at playing music, and you almost need that.”
To hear more about what Portugal. The Man has coming up in the future and for more tour stories, check out the latest episode of the Hivecast. [Download & subscribe to the Hivecast via iTunes.]