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Portugal. The Man

  • Portugal. The Man is an American experimental rock band based in Portland, but originally from Wasilla, Alaska

Current members:
John Gourley - lead vocals, guitars
Jason Sechrist - drums
Ryan Neighbors - keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals
Zachary Carothers - bass guitar, backing vocals

Former members:
Harvey Tumbleson - beats

Former touring members{
Zoe Manville - backing vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, tambourine
Kyle O'Quin - keyboards, synthesizers
Garrett Lunceford - drums

 

  • The members of Portugal. The Man (with the exception of Jason Sechrist, who was born in Portland, Oregon, and Ryan Neighbors, who grew up in Salem, Oregon) were all born and raised in Alaska
  • Around August 2002, the band Anatomy of a Ghost was formed after Gourley moved to Portland, having had no previous singing experience
  • Anatomy of A Ghost quickly gained popularity, but before long, the group broke up
  • Portugal. The Man was originally started as John Gourley's side project, with Carothers playing bass
  • Before they had a drummer, they used drum machines and synth-loops as the backing beat
  • Gourley and Carothers teamed up with Wesley Hubbard, Nick Klein (former guitar tech for Anatomy of Ghost) and Harvey Tumbleson, and formed Portugal. The Man
  • The band left Alaska and went to Portland with the intent of recording and touring
  • The band recorded demos in the summer of 2004 and followed this with a tour with Chiodos that fall
  • In spring 2005, Klein and Tumbleson left and soon after Sechrist joined the band
  • Portugal. The Man's debut record Waiter: "You Vultures!" was released by Fearless Records on January 24, 2006
  • After the greater part of a year of negotiations, they signed to Atlantic Records on April 2, 2010

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