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Portugal. The Man On Working With Danger Mouse: “It’s Terrifying”

Portland by way of Alaska rockers Portugal. The Man braved sweltering temperatures to deliver a simmering set at the KROQ Party House at Coachella.

“It’s crazy,” frontman John Gourley told DJ Stryker about playing the mid-afternoon show. “Normally, we play at night in a club, typically with like fog, lights, noise, effects – it’s a fun thing to do, and gives you a better look at the songs, for sure.”

“It’s fun to get out here and do this kind of stuff,” added bassist Zachary Carothers. “It’s such a relaxing vibe out here, everybody hanging out, having food and drinks.”

The band discussed their upcoming new album, Evil Friends, scheduled to hit the streets on June 4, produced by famed studio whiz Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells.

“It’s terrifying,” laughed Gourley about the process of landing Danger Mouse to helm the new album. “We just got a call. We were actually in the studio, and he just wanted to meet up. It was like an interview situation. I felt like I was walking into an interview. We both decided that we didn’t want to make a record together. So after that, we just listened to music, hung out, and when we left, just decided that we did want to make a record together.

“He brings ‘no’ to the table,” Gourley continued. “I think it’s cool. I like that challenge of someone saying, ‘that’s not good enough. I think you can do better.’ It’s not just ‘no.’ It’s ‘no’ for a reason.”


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