By Michelle Li
Playing largely from its breakout album “The Satanic Satanist” while previewing the upcoming “American Ghetto,” Portugal. The Man indulged their various music genres without ever alienating the crowd. Every song, including recent favorites like “The Sun” and “People Say” provided the opportunity to ignite the excitement of the crowd. This is a band that knows how to party but never forgets to hold it together.
Smoke hung in the air from fog machines, and flashing colored lights accompanied the set. The stage sitting fits the mysterious elements of their songs perfectly. The choose of songs was a good mix of old favorites and well-received covers of some great musicians includes MGMT’s “Weekend Wars.”
The vocal singer John Baldwin Gourley rarely made eye contact with the audience because he spent most of the time covering his face under a hat and a hooded sweatshirt, but it effected the transmission of the enthusiasm from the band to their audience. Many songs ended with thrashing, intense instrumental solos, accompanied with their really pop, soulful, and funky vibe.
The crowd wasn’t ready for the show to end, and almost immediately went to an uproar and began to chanting for an encore when the band left the stage. The band had no choice but to give the crowd with more bonus tunes.
Fortunately for the band, they enjoyed a very large fan base in Eugene. The band was originally from Wasilla, Alaska, but now based in Portland. The band is famous for their large output of recordings, a total of 6 albums since 2006. Their latest full-length album, released on March 2, 2010, is titled American Ghetto.
The concert lasted for one hour and a half. Portugal. The Man presented a fabulous show with a powerful blend of rock, pop, psychedelia,and funk, as well as the intense interaction with audience. I really look forward to their next album and the next time when they rock in Eugene.