Performing Arts - Music | July 28 | 7 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre
It was last spring 2012, and John Gourleyfrontman of Portugal. The Manfound himself in New York City about to ring the bell at Danger Mouses apartmenta long way from his current home in Portland, and farther still from his real home in Alaska. Six full-length albums in six years, nonstop touring, a stint with The Black Keys and festival stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapaloozaup until this moment, Portugal. The Man embodied all dimensions of DIY rock range.
When it came time to begin work on the seventh album, Gourley thought long and hard about the next move and kept coming back to one concept: The most satisfying work is collaborative work. From building houses with his father in Alaska to building a devoted fanbase, he had sought partnerships. So he took a bold step bold for a proven band, bolder still for its uncertainty of sound a step up to the apartment of a possible collaborator, Danger Mouse.
So Danger Mouse aka Brian Burton, the five-time Grammy award winning producer behind everything from Gnarls Barkley and Beck to The Black Keys and now U2 and the band agreed that they were game for the challenge and began production on what would become Evil Friends, the undaunted re-awakening for Portugal. The Man. As much as their collaborative imaginations melded, to construct songs that lived up to the ambitious visions they had would take some time. After all, here was a band with an evolving lineup Kyle OQuin on keyboards, Noah Gersh on guitar/percussion/keyboards, and Kane Ritchotte on drums joined Zach Carothers on bass and vocals and Gourley on lead vocals and guitar building new songs with a new producer trying to do something neither of them had done before.