Portugal the Man
Portugal the Man‘s Waiter: “You Vultures!” blends falsetto vocals, steady rhythms, atmospheric synthesizers and chiming guitar leads, resembling an ambitious Duran Duran-Roxy Music hybrid. However, fans who arrived at the group’s February 15 Grand Emporium set expecting stylish new-wave lads, perhaps with some nerdish emo-prog leanings, instead witnessed a hirsute, high-volume juggernaut that turned the debut album’s smooth studio tracks into sprawling jam sessions. The Alaska band returns to the venue to preview selections from its July release, Church Mouth, though the live incarnations might bear little resemblance to the recording.
Video of “Stables and Chairs” from Waiter: “You Vultures!” (Fearless Records):