There is a good chance that 2018’s new earworm will be the 2017 hit Feel It Still by American band “Portugal. The Man”, possibly displacing Despacito as “the song most likely to get stuck in your head”. Hitting the Billboard’s #1 spot 6 weeks after its release date, it has also made its way to the top ten of the Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts and is now up for a nominee as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammy’s 2018, scheduled for the end of January. So who is behind “Portugal. The Man“?
Spearheaded by two childhood friends from Alaska who moved to Portland, Oregon, the band came to life after lead singer John Gourley and musician Zachary Carothers’s first attempt, named “Anatomy of a Ghost,” fell apart, as described in an interview by UPROXX writer Caitlin White on Pigeons and Planes. It may seem obvious to assume that the band has an affiliation to “Portugal. The Country”, but the name was less influenced by this trendy, seaside destination than it was by the idea of creating an “alter ego” or alias. As described in the interview, Gourley and company (including musicians Kyle O’Quin, Jason Sechrist and Eric Howk) were inspired by music legends like David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”, and Portugal was the name given to ‘The Man” otherwise known as the ‘alter ego’.
Music lovers who appreciate original and eclectic tunes with creative messages should add Portugal. The Man’s album Woodstock to their Spotify album lists; Feel It Still is track #4. The catchy riff has that knack for making heads and shoulders bop while the lyrics “ooh, I’m a rebel just for kicks now” is ironically relatable and fun to sing. Mainly the product of an after-hours impromptu jam, the repeated chords and lyrics blend perfectly to create the simple yet catchy track that is taking the world by storm.
The Grammy Awards are scheduled for January 28, and in addition to Feel It Still and Despacito for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are the hits Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, Thunder by Imagine Dragons, and Stay by Zedd & Alessia Cara.