Psychedelic rockers and Alaska-transplants Portugal. The Man release their sixth album Evil Friends in June—the much anticipated follow-up to 2011’s In the Mountain in the Cloud. Here's a little of what we have to say about the record in our review/Q&A with bandleader John Gourley in our June issue:
The band’s seventh album, Evil Friends, moves even further into the psychedelic wonderland, this time guided down the wending path by Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, the Grammy-winning production Midas who has lent his golden touch to the Black Keys, Norah Jones, and Gnarls Barkley.
Wisely, neither band nor Mouse messes with [In the Mountain in the Cloud]’s formula, but instead they expand and brighten the sonic canvas with elements such as the triumphal horns and swirling strings that burst through the Beatlesque “Sea of Air” and the circus keyboards mixed with hip-hop beats of “Holy Roller (Hallelujah).”
The band just announced a hometown record release show on July 18 at the Crystal Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. It will sell out. We’d bet their period on it.