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17. April 2011

Portugal.The Man - My Mind

Hey guys, this is the second part of the southside feature.
Today: PORTUGAL.THE MAN from Yslaire
( http://herrenboutique.blogspot.com ).
Enjoy !!!

Portugal.the Man is an american band founded in 2004 in Alaska. "Portugal simply sounds nice",
that 's the declaration from the band members. They just added "the Man" to show all, that they are not named after a country. So with this appendix the Band name stands for a Person's name....for the alter ego of the band.
It is not easy to describe the style of the band. You can't put them in a box and place them in your library under P like Postcore. Portugal.the Man are more than this.

Emerged from the 2002 founded Post Hardcore Formation "Anatomy of a Ghost" the two Highschool friends John Gourley and Zachary Carothers started together with Wesley Hubbard,Nick Klein and Harvey Tumbleson the new project Portugal.the Man.
The band left Alaska and went to Portland with the intention of recording and touring. They recorded the first demos in summer of 2004 and followed  with a tour that fall. In spring 2005, Klein and Tumbleson left and soon after Jason Sechrist joined the band.
In january 2006 they released their debut record 'Waiter: "You Vultures!" '
On this album you will recognize the variety of this band. The style changes minute by minute. Surely you will find the primary hardcore influence, but the band knows how to handle this dusty leftover and mix it up with soul, progressive parts, emo, post and danceable electrorock. And at the end you have this typical Portugal.the Man style i love so much and which cannot be specified in one word.
Two years later they released their second album "Church mouth".  Till 2011 they have released 5 other records, all recommendable, but the song i want to write about is from their second album, which i love most.

Its called MY MIND.

Stepping steps of floating floats
that float above such shining notes
They know just where we should rest
Policed and waiting patiently we knew where
we'd gone and where we'd be
(Just where/why their feet are moving)
We know this should never drown the seeds

ahhhhh ohhhhh

My mind is all
My mind is all
My mind is all gone
My mind is all
My mind is all
My mind is all gone

Deaf and dumb but fluent speech speaking
speaks and listening while
eating piled tangled sugar weaves
(Just where/why their feet are moving)

ahhhhh ohhhhh

My mind is all
My mind is all
My mind is all gone
My mind is all
My mind is all
My mind is all gone

My mind is
As I feel my body moving and feel these feet a
moving
My mind is
As I feel my body moving and feel these feet a
moving

A messy mess of fruits and pies
that dance about these aging eyes
They know just what becomes of seeds
(Just where/why their feet are moving)
A busy suit or dirty boys feeling rude in lazy lies
Oh my my my my

ahhhhh ohhhhh

My mind is all
My mind is all
My mind is all
My mind is
As I feel my body moving and feel these feet a
moving

This song is about an acid trip. But not one of the bad ones. It seems like the singer and some friends of him walk through an amusement park or over a fair and they are astonished about their reactions. Normaly their mind control everything. The speech, the walk, the cognition. Now after taking acid, the mind seems to be gone, but it all still works.....in a really nice way.

I dont want to celebrate drugs, but i think it is really enjoyably to hear a song about drugs, which is not so depressive like most songs with this subject. There's no denying that many artists, singers or painters used drugs in a creative nature and not for self-destruction.



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