short European tour has ended. Geoff Barrow promised
that the band will work on new sounds and a new lp
is going to be released much sooner than the last
one. Primavera was the last Portishead show and at
the end, people entered the stage and they were
dancing with the band. You can watch it
here. The band admitted that the
promotion of the album wasn't that great as it
"We seem to do
everything in a way to make life difficult for
ourselves. We could play the festivals this summer
and not have to worry about the mortgage for a
while. But we're not! It's always the reverse of
what we should be doing really. I'm sure our agent
is going nuts, and the record company's going, But
how are you going to sell the record through the
summer?' I don't know, we'll do what we always do
really: take the difficult route."
The worst thing is
that it's not only their agent who is going nuts but
all their fans including me! The most
difficult part of this madness is how to tell people
that the band is going to be inactive AGAIN
(inactive equals to "work some tunes in the studio")
and doesn't want to tour in USA and other countries.
As many of you know, the tour that has just finished
was supposedly a European one even though they
played in irrelevant and small cities like Firenze
and Porto and ignored important countries such as
Sweden, Austria, Norway, Greece and others. People
will be (again) disappointed with the band because
they were waiting patiently all these years just to
see them live again. It's not that easy for a fan
just to wait several years again to see something
new from them.. And I don't think that they take the
difficult route (as Geoff said) but the easiest one
as anyone could easily think.. I really hope to hear
some news pretty soon and not to have to wait for
Watch out the
"Rip" covered by Radiohead
have revealed that they are annoyed at Prince's
addition to Coachella Festival bill.
Geoff Barrow said the group would probably get
shunned when it comes to soundcheck preparations
because the solo star would take up so much
attention from organisers.
He told BBC 6 Music: "It was gonna be us and
Kraftwerk, which was amazing for us to play with
Kraftwerk. Then I knew the tickets hadn't been
selling well for the concert, so they put Prince in.
"Prince is gonna turn up with a forty-person
entourage. With the sound men not allowing us to
soundcheck, then you end up with this horrible
situation where you're playing to a shed load of
Americans without a sound check."
The Coachella Festival takes place in Los Angeles
from April 25 to 27. Portishead will appear on April
26th with Prince, Kraftwerk and many more artists
which can be found in the official Coachella
To watch live
appearance of Portishead at Coachella festival,
Click here for the webcast
TV presents an exclusive premiere of British
trip-hop phenomenon Portishead's studio performance
as they unveil seven songs from their new album
"Third" in Portishead, England. The band is
performing 7 tracks from the new album. To watch
40-minute programm go
there. The show has been recorded
in the school's Art, Music and Drama department in
Portishead. For several troubled years, Barrow
attended this school, and it was here that he
started playing the drums.
10 years since their
last record, Portishead have finally broken their
silence with album number three. So what took them
so long, asks Craig McLean from Telegraph. You can
read this amazing article
Some interesting parts of the article:
"Then, three years
ago, Portishead popped up en masse once more,
playing a tsunami benefit in Bristol. Publicising
the concert, Barrow said that the band were in the
thick of making the long-awaited third album. What
this actually meant was that they had three songs
they were happy with: Magic Doors, We Carry On and
Grey Skies. In fact, it was only two: Grey Skies is
not on Third.
But they had some momentum?
'Yes,' Utley says. 'More to the point,' Barrow adds,
'we had broken through.'
What of Beth Gibbons during this period? Ill with
exhaustion after the second album's tour, she
retreated to Devon. Utley would visit her, and they
would take long walks on Dartmoor. 'We'd have deep
conversations and she'd say, "That's what that song
is about…" But that's as far as I'd go with it - I
don't ask her to explain them to me.'
Barrow says that he and Gibbons's working
relationship is healthier than ever. It has helped
with the songwriting, to which all three contribute,
with Gibbons solely responsible for the lyrics."
"When the tour is
completed Utley wants to do some more soundtrack
work. Barrow aims to release more records on Invada
a long-mooted hip-hop project with some friends.
'Also, writing hip-hop music helps me get something
out of my system and then I can go on to something
else. Then hopefully,' he says with a smile, 'we'll
carry on writing Portishead stuff.'
The fourth record, he promises, 'will be a lot
quicker. Unless something ginormous happens.'"
Also, watch a port of
the new Portishead video of "We Carry On" song
Current an exclusive glimpse into their new
performance from their Alma Mater in Portishead,
is where TV and the internet meet. The internet
portal through which you can watch the experimental
trippity hoppers perform eight tracks from their new
record is called Current TV. It's kind of like a
thinking man's YouTube, with clips of news, news
stories, virals and all the rest of it. It's also a
fully-fledged TV channel, on Sky digital channel 193
and Virgin Media 155.
You can catch the band perform on 11 April at 10pm
for 40, commercial-free minutes on both the TV
channel and the internet channel, and there'll be
ample opportunity to catch them again as it'll be
repeated quite a lot.
The Portishead performance is part of the
multi-media channel's new music strand, Current Fix.
Don't miss Current
Tv for more info.
Fourth LP won't take a decade to make (MTV)
The last time
Portishead released a full-length studio album was
back in 1997, when artists — and the music industry,
as a whole — didn't lose sleep over the possibility
of their work prematurely leaking to millions of
illegal downloaders several weeks ahead of their
LP's commercial release. A lot can happen in 11
"We definitely weren't expecting that," Portishead
multi-instrumentalist Adrian Utley said of their new
album's leak, in an interview with MTV News last
week. "And we're definitely pissed about it. But I
suppose there's nothing you can do about it. We know
how it leaked, and I would love to tell you, but I
can't. You can only hope that it's not going to f---
everything up for you, because I think, in this
world, there are downloaders and people who buy. I
don't know if you can convince downloaders to buy.
If we don't sell records, we can't make any more
records. We're just not rich people."
were just in Paris and Berlin doing some television
shows, and when we took the stage, there was the
hugest cheer — it was really affirming," Utley
explained. "When you're in the studio you have the
Internet, so you sort of sense what's going on to
some extent. But we'd see each other every day, and
we'd talk about biscuits or tea or politics, music —
we didn't really talk about the outside world or the
world's perception of us very much. We've just
started to sense it now."
When Utley and Barrow
first started throwing ideas around for Third, they
"didn't feel right — it wasn't happening really." So
they decided to take a few more years to think about
what they wanted to do with the record and
reconvened in 2004. "And that's when we wrote the
track 'We Carry On.' That was the beginning of a new
us, really. That's when we thought, 'OK, this is
going to work now.'
"But it's never prolific and easy," Utley continued.
"It always just takes a long time, and it's just
particular to us working together, because if we
work outside of this context, we can work a lot
quicker. For us, every track has to live somewhere —
it has to have a world that it's going to live in,
rather than just being a song straight away."
The problem the band originally faced back in 2001
was that, while they wanted to retain some semblance
of their signature sound, the songs they were
working on sounded, well, not like Portishead at
all, Utley said.
"This other stuff
that we did didn't work earlier on, because it
wasn't right," he said. "It didn't sound like us, if
you like. You might have thought it was us, but it
didn't feel like it was us. One of our rules is, we
don't want to repeat what we've done before, and I
imagine a lot of people are like that. We couldn't
possibly go back to doing a 'Glory Box,' or doing a
'Strangers' or doing a 'Cowboys.' It's done. So that
was one of the hard things — we had to find a new
voice but retain that old voice as well, and be
relevant. We wanted to incorporate some of the
influences we've had since [Portishead], and I think
we've done that."
Unfortunately, aside from their appearance at next
month's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival,
Portishead don't plan on touring the States at all
— not this year, or the next. And Utley is "deeply
sorry for that." But if the band were to do an
extensive tour, that would make the wait for the
band's fourth record that much longer.
"To do a massive tour at the moment would be a
folly, I think," he said. "If we do a year of
touring again, we won't want to see each other for a
while. It won't be another 10 years, I swear. Man,
it's just that life passes so quickly, and you get
home and do other things and you try to enjoy your
life. We've got children now, and we just wanted to
live life, rather than being slaves to this career,
if you like. It's not like we've gone off and spent
time having children and just doing nothing but
that, but time just goes by like that. We finished
the album late last year, and it's springtime
divided about touring
have revealed their mixed feelings about the touring
process. Guitarist Adrian Utley explained that the
band have an "unspectacular" lifestyle on the road..
Speaking to Billboard, he said: "We've been
immensely looking forward to touring... but we're
divided about it. "Beth [Gibbons, vocals] is really
nervous about playing live, and Geoff [Barrow,
multi-instrumentalist] absolutely hates playing
live, and I love playing live."
pre-gig preparations, Utley said: "We don't really
do any ritual before a gig. It's very unspectacular.
Beth does a warm-up with her tape. A few gins are
drunk, and there's some strolling around nervously
behind the stage. And that's it. We go on."
The guitarist also revealed that Portishead want
their forthcoming new album, 'Third', to be seen as
a whole body of work, rather than as a collection of
"We're not really doing any singles," he
said. "We see it as a whole album. 'Glory Box' was a
single, and it did go in the charts. And I think
'Sour Times' did. But we've never seen ourselves as
a particularly singles-oriented band. Especially
now, it doesn't seem relevant. Billboard
on Coliseum of Porto yesterday and you can see some
videos from YouTube. The setlist was:
We carry on
For more tour
dates check out
tour dates section.
recorded new album at German session
performed their new songs in Berlin at invite only
gig for a German radio station yesterday (March 19).
Surrounded by 400 guests and competition winners,
the band performed a nine-song set, mostly
comprising of songs from 'Third'.
They played in the middle of the crowd for the
Due to the nature of the session, several of tracks
were restarted or performed more than once to find
the perfect take.
However despite the difficulties, Portishead enjoyed
a friendly atmosphere with Barrow excusing the group
by explaining "it's been a long time".
Check out the new
video of Machine Gun from the official site or
YouTube. Also, in this link there is a short
promo video featuring the band working on the album
in studio. It's a documentary and there is a
possibility that this movie is the one included in
the limited edition box set of Third.
To pre order
limited edition boxset go to portisheadshop.co.uk
features the album, and 5 films
Double vinyl album
Etched 12” vinyl of ‘Machine Gun’
Limited edition print from Nick Uff
The 5 videos are:
- ‘The Truly
Spectacular Universal Conference Film’ (film)
‘The Rip at Mr Wolfe’s’ (film)
‘Ade’s House’ (film)
‘Machine Gun’ (film)
‘We Carry On’ (film)
"Machine Gun" video
here (you have to sign
up and login first).
official Portishead website has been updated with
videos, shop and content. Also, a new forum has been
created in order to control spam messages (it was
about time!), all you have to do is to sign up to
the new forum.
More details about
the album release
It's already known
that the new single "Machine Gun" will be released
on April 14. Portishead also announced that a
digital version is available from Portishead.co.uk
from 8pm on April 10. However, the release does not
feature any B-sides.
- Meanwhile a
USB stick edition of 'Third', out April
28, features a host of extras, including the
following four films:
Ade's House - 'Machine Gun'
'The Rip' live @ Mr Wolfe’s
'We Carry On'
The Truly Spectacular Universal Conference Film
The band have also announced that they will
issue a limited edition box set of 'Third', with
details to be announced. The only thing we know
is that it will come in a multitude of limited
edition formats including a double vinyl version
except from the usb format and some limited
edition prints from Nick Uff will also be made
- To be more
specific, the timeplan is:
- April 10:
"Machine Gun" single , digital download at
- April 14:
"Machine Gun" single taken from 'Third' will be
released in stores two weeks before the album on
- April 28:
"Third" album release in stores, also in double
vinyl and usb stick format with 4 new bonus
That's all we know
Win Trip to
Portishead session in Berlin!
nearly a decade on hiatus, Portishead return this
year with a new album: Third. The new collection of
songs, surprisingly enough their third, hasn't been
released yet and has hardly been heard by anyone,
but you can hear the seminal trip hop band perform
it live in Berlin next week, courtesy of
The band are set to record Third for Radio Eins in
Berlin on Wednesday 19th March and we have a pair of
tickets, plus flights and accommodation, to give
Just email the answer to the following question to
firstname.lastname@example.org, with your full name
and daytime contact telephone number supplied.
In what year did Portishead release their critically
acclaimed debut album Dummy?
Please note that flights to Berlin leave from London
Heathrow at lunchtime on Wednesday March 19th 2008.
If you cannot make this date and time, please do not
enter. You MUST supply a daytime contact telephone
number and you must comply with the terms and
conditions outlined below to win.
This competition closes at midnight, Wednesday March
You can also
participate in XFM contest to win tickets for Berlin
and video of "Machine Gun": Check out
and watch the new video from April 9 in the
The new Portishead
album has leaked. We don't know how this has
happened but I guess it will be investigated. Many
threads have been opened discussing the sound and
the style of the new album which has been leaked 2
months earlier from the official release.
A few hours ago on
ilxor.com, someone started a thread entitled “The
thread for Portishead ‘Third’.” The album, which
doesn’t hit stores until 4/28, was apparently leaked
Here’s the mini-review from the apparent only person
on Earth who has heard the record besides the band:
“Listening now to what may possibly be a raw mix,
but I’m kind of hoping it’s a finalized version.
This is totally stream of consciousness stuff in the
I’m sure people will complain about the lack of
anything like “Roads” or “Sour Times”, but those
have already been made and made perfectly. Why try
to recreate them over and over? Especially when
you’d rather be doing (and I’d rather be hearing)
things like “Hunter” with maybe the best guitar bit
I’ll hear all year and “Machine Gun” which closes
out with some totally John Carpenter-esque synth
is very strict against copyright violation and does
not provide links for downloading the new album in
any way. All links posted by fans will be removed
immediately as well as their user accounts.
The album will be
officially released on April 28th and you can
pre-order it here:
the official blog: "Our apologies to anybody
disappointed by our recently announced tour not
coming close to where you live. We know many cities
are missing but we're unable to add more shows this
year due to personal reasons. Hopefully we'll be
able to get to Australia, New Zealand, the US and
everywhere else we've missed at some point".
Portishead has chosen only few countries to play in
Europe for the promotion of their new album for this
year. Many fans are disappointed about their
decision to have a limited tour period but as Geoff
Barrow says, this happens due to personal reasons
which he doesn't specify.
dates are not a "strict" tour but more like a
vacation for them to get rest from their hard time
releasing the album. The sure thing is that many
people will be disappointed much more because they
will have to wait for 2009 to see their band playing
again in a location near them! And what about those
people who were anxiously waiting Portishead to come
in their country and suddenly realized that only few
countries were included in their tour dates? (For
example, Portishead are playing in Italy but not in
the capital or in only one town as they have a
"limited" tour but in Milan and Florence
which is a very small town for a mini tour and they
refused other main countries and important stations
for their European tour such as Greece, Norway,
Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and much more). Also,
no US tour will follow but just a date in Coachella
Festival in Indio.
I really hope you
will get over your problems. We expect a lot from
Utley gave an interview recently to Billboard saying
that the new album is "a really strong record and
it's adventurous" . "Beth [Gibbons'] voice is as
powerful as ever. The uptempo tracks are never going
to be drum'n'bass, but they do hit 120 BPMs in some
places." He also says about Coachella Festival:
"They've been asking us for quite a few years, it
seems like a good place to play, being out in the
desert, and it was started by what seems to be some
pretty cool people."
He adds about the new
album that, "It sounds nothing like 'Dummy' or
'Portishead,' but it's definitely its older brother
or sister. It's the same mindset we've always had,
only further down the road."
Admitting the band's creative process can be "very
slow," with some tracks from "Third" percolating for
four years, Utley says the members have drawn upon
an eclectic mix for musical inspiration, including
recordings by Can, the Silver Apples, Joy Division,
early Human League and "weird doom metal band" Ohm.
"There was never
no Portishead," notes Utley. "It was just we'd had
enough, and we didn't have any ideas. We all got on
with various different things, but we worked on each
others' projects. There was always a Portishead. We
have ongoing business, obviously, to deal with --
permissions and compilations and film requests, even
if we're not doing anything at all."
cover and tracklist of the new Portishead album
"Third" revealed. Tracklist is:
"Hunter", "Nylon Smile", "The Rip", "Plastic", "We
Carry On", "Deep Water", "Machine Gun", "Small",
"Magic Doors" and "Threads". The albums will be
released April 14 (Europe) and April 28 (USA) by
Island Records and Mercury (USA). Portishead were
touring the press these days and gave an interview
to the Observer. Some parts:
"Two minutes and
10 seconds in, the scene is finally set for Beth
Gibbons's vocal to make its entrance. But however
effectively the listener has been softened up for
this momentous event, no one will quite be prepared
for the pitch of ecstatic anguish at which her voice
announces itself. 'Wounded and afraid inside my
head,' Beth flails poignantly, as a Tardis seems to
take off in the background, 'falling through changes
... Did you know what I lost? Do you know what I
wanted?'", "It's stunning stuff. And this is just
the opening number. Later on, once Third (for that
is the title: it is, after all, Portishead's third
album - well, if you don't count the live one) is
properly up and running, it features a run of five
or six songs which are not just worthy of the
records this band were making 10 or even 14 years
ago, but feel like the sonic destination which they
were always meant to arrive at."
interesting interview is
gave an interview to German newspaper "Welt" and you
can see a live video featuting Geoff talking about
the new album "Third". The link of the interview and
the video is
Portishead have just
announced the support bands for their Spring tour.
Hawk and A
Hacksaw will appear at:
Oporto Coliseum (March 26), Lisbon Coliseum (March
27), Milan Alcatraz (March 30), Florence Sashall
(March 31), Manchester Apollo (April 9), London
Hammersmith Apollo (April 10), Edinburgh Corn
Exchange (April 12), Wolverhampton Civic (April 13)
and London Brixton Academy (April 17).
will appear at:
Munich Tonhalle (April 2), Berlin Columbiahalle
(April 3), Copenhagen KB Halle (April 4), Cologne
Palladium (April 6), Amsterdam HMH (April 7), Paris
Zenith (May 5), Paris Zenith (May 6), Brussels
Forest National (May 8).
For more info
about Portishead shows check
the support artists
Hawk and a Hacksaw is a band from New Mexico. The
band mainly consists of Jeremy Barnes and violinist
Heather Trost. The music is inspired by eastern
European and particularly Balkan traditions, and is
mostly instrumental with occasional vocals, shouts
and cheers. Visit their official
Klang is a 5 piece heavy experimental synthesiser
krautrock orchestra with amplified vintage synths,
futuristic riffs, electric guitars and live drums
based in both Liverpool and Edinburgh. As you can
read from their Myspace site it's an experimental
band and present Liverpool's future rock. Check out
|Post-punk icon Mark Stewart has recently
listened to the new Portishead album "Third" and
says that the album will be well worth the wait.
The former Pop Group frontman and current Maffia
leader received an advance copy of Third and waxed
thoughtful on the disc for German magazine SPEX.
»Third«, I can make out several treasures that most
likely found their way onto the record that way. For
example, »Small« reminds me of Pierre Henry’s
The very German-sounding »We Carry On« sees
Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley clashing Joy Division
with Techno beats and Blixa Bargeld guitars. Most of
all, however, I detect several references to fairly
cheesy Progressive Rock – as played by the likes of
Nektar or Embryo in the 1970s. Here, these
references actually sound more like excerpts from
the soundtracks of amazing horror B-movies. One of
the album’s most interesting new tracks, »Magic
Doors«, reverts to the old DJ method: Portishead
take a Funk beat and slow it down, pitch it right
down to half-speed, then add one of Beth Gibbons
mournful litanies. In this, Portishead follow the
lead of Led Zeppelin who, a few decades earlier,
took Blues numbers from the 1930s and slowed them
down to half their speed".
"Small", "Magic Doors", "Deep Water",
first single "Machine Gun" are among the 11 new
Portishead tracks we can look forward to when Third
hits UK shops April 14 via Island.
No US release dates yet. For full review visit
As Geoff has written in
band has travelled to France, Germany and Easton
"filming stuff" for the future. We don't have
details yet but probably the band is filming a new
video for their new single ("Machine Gun"?) and
footage for their upcoming shows in Europe.
We have already seen some film
content from ATP the previous year.
There is a video from YouTube of
the ATP Channel which was programmed by Portishead.
ATP trailer leading into Brian De
Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise".
The new album is called "Third" and it will be
released April 14th from
The tracklist is not yet known and there are 11
tracks and is 49 minutes 13 seconds long. However,
we have some info about the names of some tracks
In Silence, Hunter, The Burden.
fans have recorded some parts from the ATP and you
can listen to the new songs from this
New songs are very interesting at least, I
was totally impressed with them and especially with
Machine Gun. Portishead have changed their style in
a good way and I'm pretty sure the album will be
great. It's worth the wait.
Although it's very early, you can pre-order the
new album from