FROM OREGON CITY SESSIONS: FULL SET LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM 2008 OUT NEXT WEEK ON APRIL 16 — AVAILABLE ON VINYL ON JUNE 11. THIS IS A SNAPSHOT OF A YOUNG BAND BEFORE THEY WON AWARDS, SOLD MILLIONS OF RECORDS & HEADLINED FESTIVALS .
New York, NY (April 07, 2021) – Portugal. The Man recently announced the April 16 release of the Oregon City Sessions live album which will come out on vinyl and CD on June 11 – and today shares a second helping from the set with the video for “Lay Me Back Down.”
“’Lay Me Back Down’ was the first song on Censored Colors,” says singer/guitarist John Gourley. “It was such an important song for us because we had finished our deal with Fearless Records and recorded this all on our own. It represents the freedom we created by doing it ourselves.”
The clip follows “The Devil,” which the band shared to accompany the album announcement.
|The 100-minute Oregon City Sessions set was recorded in one take in December 2008, PTM had been a band for just over two years and released three full-lengths, one EP, and a couple of standalone singles while performing just shy of 500 shows. They performed their full set, one time through — with no re-takes or overdubs — just the band in its natural form. A couple of weeks later they would head into the studio to record The Satanic Satanist.|
Now the band has been off the road for well over a year, by far the longest break since they started and the time just seems right. Here is Oregon City Sessions dug out of the archives. Untouched, unchanged from the day it was finished. It is a time capsule of a band finding its way. A snapshot of young raw talent before they won awards, before they sold millions of records, before they headlined festivals. Just a couple of kids from Alaska wanting to travel the world and play music.
John Baldwin Gourley
Zachary Scott Carothers
Oregon City Sessions Track Listing
1 – Church Mouth
2 – Horse Warming Party
3 – New Orleans
4 – Bellies Are Full
5 – 1989
6 – My Mind
7 – Lay Me Back Down
8 – Chicago
9 – And I
10 – The Devil
11 – AKA M80 The Wolf
12 – Colors
13 – March With 6
14 – Tommy
15 – Helter Skelter
ABOUT PORTUGAL. THE MAN:
Over the past decade, Portugal The Man has established itself as one of rock’s most prized possessions and a live phenomenon, with over 1,600 shows under their belts and a storied reputation as festival favorites.
Originally heralding from Alaska, the Portland-based band – comprised of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, Eric Howk, Jason Sechrist, and Zoe Manville – soared to new heights in 2017 with the release of their RIAA certified gold album, Woodstock. The album was marked by the astounding success of their infectious single, “Feel It Still,” which earned the group a plethora of new accolades – including a GRAMMY award for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,” a 5x RIAA platinum-certified single certification, a mind-blowing 20-week residency at #1 on alternative radio, and an inescapable presence on the Top 40 airwaves.
Alongside the shine of their myriad musical accomplishments lies the group’s long-standing passion for social justice. In fact, this is precisely the intersection on which Portugal The Man thrives; throughout their career, the band has consistently exemplified how to deeply commit to both artistry and activism. This dynamic inspired them to officially launch their PTM Foundation in 2020, focused on universal issues related to human rights, community health, and the environment, with an emphasis on causes directly impacting Indigenous Peoples. Their continued passion for activism has also led to recent partnerships with organizations such as Keep Oregon Well (Mental Health), March for Our Lives (Gun Reform), and Protect Our Winters (Climate Change), to name just a few.
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