Portugal. The Man is a rock band originally from Wasilla, where frontman John Gourley, bass guitar player Zachary Scott Carothers and guitarist Eric Howk grew up. In 2010, the band signed to Atlantic Records and has since released albums “In the Mountain in the Cloud” (2011), “Evil Friends” (2013, produced by Danger Mouse) and “Woodstock” (2017), with their Grammy-winning single “Feel It Still” reaching number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs and the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. The band is currently based out of Portland, Oregon.
With core members from the Mat-Su, the Portland-based band intends to put a bow on the era that vaulted them from a spunky rock outfit to a household name in pop music. They're performing in Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.
Maybe you've never heard of Portugal. The Man. While they play alongside the big names at the big festivals there has been no blockbuster record, no hit single. But for fans of a certain flavor of Beatles and David Bowie-influenced indie-rock, these Alaska exports are rebranding what it means to be from Wasilla.
The past year in the life of Portugal. The Man, according to its lead singer, has been a mess. The dour history of the recent past for the indie band -- cofounded by Alaskans Zach Carothers and lead singer John Gourley -- has been chaotic and creative, but above all busy.