Barrow (born: Dec 9, 1971, Avon) who has grown up in the small village
of his birth, in between the Avon Towns of Portishead and Clevedon, has
learned to play the drums as a boy and has moved with his mother to live
in Portishead as a teenager when she seperated from his father. He
searched of a career in music
production. Subsequently employed as one
of the Coatch House Studio, has been promised a job at the studio once
it is finished resulting in his working as a tea-boy and part time
tape-operator, on Massive Attack debut album "Blue lines".
Then she met Beth Gibbons (born: Jn 4 1965, Devon) and teamed with
Caroline Killouri and Debie Swainson who are forming their own Fruit
managment company (also handle Tricky) . Barrow and Gibbons return to
the Coatch House and record a session with Adrian Utley an R&B jazz
session guitar veteran which initially yields "Sour Times".
Gibbons quits her job at a Bristol advertising agency and
"Portishead" is formed in the sprin of '93 and including Dave
McDonald (sound engineer) as integral members who together prepare a
has been invited to play the three-song demo (Sour Times, It's a fire,
It could be sweet) to Go! Discs R&B imprint, Go! Beat, resulting in
a record contract. Go! Beat Records was a record label launched as a
subsidiary of Go! Discs Records for dance artists like David Holmes.
When Go! Discs folded, Go Beat continued as a label within the Universal
mini-album taster "Numb" is released by Go! Beat. Also, the
ten-minute movie "to kill a dead man" receives its
premiere at London's Prince Charles Cinema and open major movies like
"the last seduction" and "pulp fiction".
live appearance this year was at London's Blue Note's Athletico Club.
"Dummy" makes UK #32 and voted album of the year by The face,
Melody Maker, Mix Mag, The Daily Telegraph.
-is certifies gold by the BPI. Glory Box bows at its UK #13 peak.
Portishead is named Best Dance Act at the NME's BRAT awardsheld in
London. Sour times makes US #53 and Dummy US #79. Portishead
begins its first full tour in eight countries and "Dummy"
finally makes UK #2. Also, it wins the hotly-contested Mercury Music
Prize at a presentation held at London's Savoy Hotel. Portishead
performson the accoustic stage of Glastonbury Festival.
only US date of the year was that at New York's Roseland Ballroom backed
by a 30-piece orchestra warming up for the release of their
eponymous sophomore album "Portishead".Dummy certifies GOLD by
the RIAA and "all mine" hits #8 in its week of entry.
"Portishead" albumenters the UK chart at #2 behind the Verve's
"Urban Hymns" and bows at its US #21 peak. Finally,
"Over" reaches UK #25 during a two-week chart stay. In
December the group begins an 11-date North American at the Coca-Cola
Roxy Theater in Atlanda set to end on the 18th at Los Angeles' Hollywood
The band performson NBC-TV's "Sturday Night Live" and only you
reaches UK #35 during a two-week chart stay.
Proposed dates in Bristol are postponed when Gibbons is stricken with a
throat infection. The band performs on the Jazz World Stage at the
annual Glastonbury Festival held at Worthy Farminlitton, at the start of
a series of European festival dates which will end on August 30th at the
Lowlands Paradise 1998 festival in Lelystad, Holland.
The band palys the first of two Brazilian dates in Sao Paolo. The
11-track live album, PNYC bows at its UK #40 peak and also charts for a
week at US #155.
Gibbons makes the vocals in Tom Jone's album "Reload" in the
last track "Motherless child" (previously preformed by Peggy
Lee) and Portishead participated in Tom Jones project among other bands
as Divine Comedy, Robbie Williams, Cardigans etc.
A russian band
called "Mandalay" released the album "Pearl" with
the same portishead artwork and the press thought that they stole
portishead studio work. Finally, it was a fake "portishead"
album,produced by that Russian band and had nothing to do with the band.
Adrian Utley has teamed up with film director Nicolas Roeg to make
a soundtrack for a silent film called ‘The Sound of Claudia
Schiffer’ as part of an upcoming BBC series to be screened later in
geoff barrow in
nme.com told that PORTISHEAD are about to commence work on their third
album, and has spoken in support of a new website aiming to promote the
Bristol music scene: www.bristolsound.co.uk. He revealed that the band
are currently resting, but plan to go into the studio in the "early
summer" to commence work on the follow-up to 1997's eponymous
second album.so the new portishead album is going to be released in
December or January of 2000.the work will start in the coatch house
are to record their third studio album in Australia. Speaking
exclusively to bristolsound.co.uk, Adrian Utley said that he and Beth
Gibbons will be flying out to join Geoff Barrow, who is already in
Sydney, very early in the new year
Portishead DVD released in 4/1/2002 contains Promo Videos For- Numb,
Sour Times, All Mine, Over, Only You and the Short Films- Roadtrip, To
Kill A Dead Man. buy it here
Gibbons solo album but she's not leaving Portishead::
Beth Gibbons and Rustin' Man are the voice of Portishead and her mate
Paul Webb (of Talk Talk). Releasing her debut solo album 'Out Of Season'
on October 28th, Beth will be taking the album on the road - watch this
apace for details of UK and continental shows and then continue work on
the next Portishead album, due 2003.. The album is largely semi-acoustic
and deeply moving. Lead track 'Mysteries' will promote the release but
not be available in the shops.
Her debut solo show was
in October 16 at the London Shepherds Bush Empire and followed by a live
show at L'Olympia in Paris in 11/11/2002. The album "Out Of
Season" hits UK #28
Gibbons abd Rustin Man start a European tour including many countries.
all tour dates -previous and current- are here
The new video and single "Tom The Model" released by Go! Beat
AMG, MSN, PItchfork, UBL and many more music sites claim the new
Portishead album "Alien" will be released in April but it was
just another rumour followed by the official statement:
have noticed that there is some confusion on an album release called
Please be aware that this is NOT a Portishead release. The band are in
the studio working on new material now but no release dates are
scheduled as yet.
Keep an eye on the site as any release plans will of course be announced
Portishead and Massive Attack share the stage for the first time for Tsunami benefit relief in February.
Geoff Barrow told BBC 6 Music that he's surprised that people thought the band has split up.
"We've just had our heads down really, we've never actually broken up, or parted, or whatever."
The band have nearly completed their third LP and he added: "So for us it just seems, even though we haven't played for years, we still see each other and write, we just haven't released a record for a long time."
Finally, there are news
about a new album which is going to be released next year. Portishead
are curate ATP "Nightmare before Christmass" show with 2 performances of
the band previewing new songs. Some clips can be found in YouTube.
band has totally changed their style.
The new album is going to
be released April 14th and its name is "Third".
(Island Records UK).
A follow up concert was
made in Bristol Academy and the tickets were sold immediately.
(left: The setlist of ATP concert
They also created
site where they post their latest news and other stuff.
announced a European tour in spring which will be started from Spain
(Oporto Colisseum) and they will also headline Coachella Festival in
April 26th. (Indio, USA).
Some countries they
visit are France, Italy, Spain and Germany. There are no plans for a
summer tour yet.
This photo is a poster of their upcoming concert in
Milan and Firence in Italy. Tickets from venues where they play are sold
out in most places and are very difficult to find.