Interview: Portugal. The Man On Australian Tours & Working With A Beastie Boy

Portland-based indie legends Portugal. The Man are currently in the country for a string of free, yes free, shows presented by Corona Extra. It’s not just in capital cities either — the indie rockers have been making their way through regional towns too and they couldn’t be happier about the opportunity to see even more of the country.

“They asked us to come here and play 25 free shows, at small bars kind of outside big cities which is very rare for us, to get out and see those kind of things. So we said hell yeah, pretty fast,” explain the band.

While they’re on the road showcasing tunes from their Danger Mouse-helmed seventh studio album, Evil Friends, as well as hits from their rich back catalogue, the band say they’ve also been in and out of the studio working on a follow-up, this time with another super-producer in their company.

“We’ve been in the studio with Mike D, from the Beastie Boys and just kind of recording whatever we want,” the explain. “Danger Mouse does whatever he wants, Mike D does whatever he wants. We just kind of like, piggyback.”

“We haven’t talked to the label about it or anything, we’ve just been in the studio,” they add, confirming that while there’s no official release date yet, the absence of outside pressure means things are looking good.

See Portugal. The Man’s remaining Australian tour dates here.

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