Portugal. The Man are continuing to take the world by storm as Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce that the Alaskan juggernaut is set to perform a series of Groovin’ The Moo sideshows, playing headline shows along Australia’s East Coast as well as a one-off show in Auckland!
After running at incredible pace of an album a year, the band took some time, maybe too long. They tired and got dismayed with the recordings and then decided to discard the whole album. Starting fresh with the goal of making something more appropriate for the times we live in, they started and completed Woodstock in just a couple months.
As their most socially conscious music to date, the band found inspiration following lead singer John Gourley’s trip home to Wasilla, Alaska where he encountered a combination of parental tough love from his old man and his original ticket stub from the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Breaking free from the musical difficulties they’d faced over recent years, the band set out in the same tradition of bands from the Woodstock era, feeling inspired to speak out about the world crumbling around them.
Working with John Hill (In the Mountain in the Cloud), Danger Mouse (Evil Friends), Mike D (Everything Cool) and long time collaborator Casey Bates (the one consistent producer since the first record), the album has been met with huge success, having peaked at # 3 on Billboard’s US Top Alternative Albums chart.
Woodstock features massive, Grammy award-winning single ‘Feel It Still’, which reached 3x ARIA Platinum, peaked at #5 on the ARIA charts and came in at #26 on triple j’s Hottest 100 for 2017. Adding to their global presence, new single ‘Live In The Moment’ is currently sitting at more than 7 million views on YouTube and at #1 on Triple A and alternative radio in the United States, following a performance of the track on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The band is also set to appear at Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
Returning to Australian shores for the first time since 2014 where they played Laneway Festival and had a national run of 22 shows, the American heavyweights will certainly be challenging Aussie audiences to get on their feet this May when they take their latest album and a collection of hot favourites out on the road.
Don’t miss out on this run, including a one-off show in Auckland!