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Moodboard: Portugal. The Man

To celebrate the release of their wonderfully eclectic seventh (!) album Evil Friends this month, we asked Alaskan five-piece Portugal. The Man just what it is that goes into their multifarious concoction of electro and indie rock. It’s a list that runs the gamut from Pink Floyd‘s seminal Dark Side of the Moon to Kubrick‘s ever-relevant 2001: A Space Odyssey; suffice to say, there’s a lot of good stuff in here.

Below, you can check the most recent single from the Danger Mouse-produced Evil Friends: the prairie swagger of ‘Modern Jesus’.

Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

“This is an album that every one of us has always kept in rotation. It’s something that influenced our album not by necessarily sonically sounding the same but much more on the vibe and flow side of things. The idea of bringing around reoccurring themes and giving album continuity is important to us.”

Pablo Picasso

“Picasso and his ideas with painting have always crossed almost directly over to our music and been inspiring. Constantly changing his style, always looking ahead and trying to do something new that’s out of his comfort zone. Yet his personality always shows no matter how drastic the styles differ. He stood by the idea that you can’t always judge something until some time has passed which is always how I’ve felt about records.”

Stanley Kubrick

“Kubrick is collectively one of our favorite directors. We’ve always found a lot of inspiration in movies, particularly sci-fi. Something about watching movies helps us write lyrics, and more often than not it’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.”


“Everyone grew up in the Pacific Northwest and this has always been an inspiration for writing music and lyrics. You tend to write about what you know, and when you grow up with racing dogs and living in the woods it’s what the songs are about.  Home has always been a place where we go to write songs. Even though we spend a lot of time travelling, a lot of our favorite songs have been written in our backyards.”


“One of our favorite things about playing music is how much we get to travel and see the world. You’re always seeing new places and meeting new people and those experiences often inspire us to write some songs.”

Other artists

“Honestly, one of the things that inspires me most is learning other people’s songs. It’s always good to get inside someone else’s head for a second and get a new perspective. There’s a reason that there’s an old saying, ‘immature artists imitate, mature artists steal.’ Even The Beatles were picking things shamelessly from Chuck Berry; Beethoven was picking things from Mozart. It’s nothing new in music, this has been happening since day one.”

Header Image: Hayley Young

Evil Friends is available now on Atlantic Records. You can buy it here.

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