Portugal. The Man’s newest album Woodstock has been taking the music world by storm this year with the success of their hit single “Feel It Still.” It’s the band’s biggest song by far. “I got eight new cousins last week!” said guitarist Eric Howk. “It’s been hitting day time talk shows in America, just unexpected places, the opening of a golf tournament. This song is getting into some rare ears.”
Woodstock follows the non-release of the band’s previous effort Doomin + Gloomin, which failed to complete after three years of work. For a band that normally records albums in a couple of months, Doomin + Gloomin had been a long frustrating endeavour. “It was a little bit disconnected,” explained bassist Zachary Carothers “it was kinda hard for us to really put it together.” Additionally, the band was feeling compelled to address the current state of politics in the US, and felt that the appropriate time to release Doomin + Gloomin had come and gone.
Inspired by a shared love for Woodstock, which they all discovered as kids during the festival’s 25th anniversary, the band started work on a new project named after the landmark music festival. “It ended up with just the four of us in a basement at 4 AM trying to say something that mattered,” explained singer John Gourley. “Trying to write music that would help people feel they’re not alone, even if they’re angry or feeling lost.”
The band visited the Stiegl Hidden Studio to perform “Feel It Still” and “So Young” from Woodstock, plus “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” from their previous album Evil Friends.