Portugal. The Man’s upcoming third album, “Censored Colors,” was not particularly planned, according to group leader John Baldwin Gourley.
“We got off tour back in December, and we went up to Seattle to just kind of demo some things, maybe work on a couple of EPs,” says Gourley, 27, who formed PTM in 2004 in Wasilla, Alaska, after a tenure in the group Anatomy of a Ghost. “Then we went to Alaska for 10 days and saw how much material we had and said, ‘Y’know, we should just make an album. We have two and a half weeks ...’”
And considering that PTM tends to create its songs in the studio rather than going in with a bunch of music prepared, Gourley acknowledges that there was a certain frenetic energy while making “Censored Colors.”
“Oh, yeah, there was panic throughout this whole record,” he says with a laugh. “For some reason I was thinking, ‘Oh, we’ll make the album the way we’ve always done it. We’ll go into the studio and make songs ...’ Then we went in and I realized, ‘Oh, we have two and a half weeks. That’s not a lot of time is it?’
“So I pretty much had to just jump right in and start sitting down and writing a song a night. I think next time we might want to change and have a few things ready when we go in.”
Portugal. The Man performs with RX Bandits and Maps & Atlases on Wednesday (Aug. 6) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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