On June 6, 2009, I familiarized myself with Portugal. The Man at Cafe Montmartre in Madison, WI. Though I’d heard them in passing, I’d never gotten around to giving them a solid, attentive listen. After hearing raves about their live show, I decided it was as good a way as any to get to know them. It turned out to be an extremely good decision. The five-piece bridged several genres, seamlessly weaving their set together and bringing on a non-stop attack of sound.
Since my knowledge in regard to Portugal. The Man was nil, I decided to micro-blog via Twitter to capture my impressions as the show progressed. Check it out below (titles in [brackets] added in after):
Really wish I knew song titles. ‘oh baby come back this can’t be happening’ is late Zepplin-ish.
Hood up equals business. Doubled solo was crazy.
Digging the alt-country vibe of song that goes ‘i was born in 198?’ maybe my fave so far.
The female singer should belt it out more often throughout the show.
Interpolating a little ‘Hotel California’.
Ya’ll might be ‘but a man’, but you’re a must-see. Also: encore. [‘AKA M80 The Wolf’]
If you too would like to aquaint yourself with Portugal. The Man, you can download “People Say” here.