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Portugal. The Man - Waiter: 'You Vultures!' (Cover Artwork)

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man: Waiter: 'You Vultures!'Waiter: 'You Vultures!' (2006)
Fearless Records

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Under the moniker Neon Blonde, the Blood Brothers' Johnny Whitney and Mark Gajadhar released an album last year full of electronic flourishes, strange guitar tones, Ziggy Stardust influences, and high-pitched wailing; it was critically praised, but may not have exactly been the most accessible relea.
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Under the moniker Neon Blonde, the Blood Brothers' Johnny Whitney and Mark Gajadhar released an album last year full of electronic flourishes, strange guitar tones, Ziggy Stardust influences, and high-pitched wailing; it was critically praised, but may not have exactly been the most accessible release of the year.

What does this have to do with Portugal. The Man?

Well, while the Alaska-based band may be most notable for the presence of two members of the now defunct Anatomy of a Ghost, a mediocre-at-best nĂ¼-post-hardcore act, Portugal's first full-length in Waiter: "You Vultures!" seems to take a lot of Neon Blonde's aforementioned elements and approach it from a slightly different angle, combining them into a more easily digestible concoction. It's not as varied as Chandeliers, but that's not to say it's watered down. It's lightly paced, sure, but a highly interesting debut all the same with layered instruments, cascading guitars, and a soulful, sexual flow about it.

It's no coincidence vocalist Nic Newsham of label-mates Gatsbys American Dream appears in two of the record's undoubted standout moments. "Marching with 6" is one of the album's more dynamic offerings, with multiple time changes, perfectly executed handclaps, and Newsham's sinister coating, which eventually results in his barking "take take take! Take take take!" and multiple recorded chants coming from every corner of the speakers. The song's followup, "Elephants," is equally strong in the Dynamics department; flittering guitar brushes help introduce the song with John Gourney (guitar/vocals) beginning his narration of common-town activities until more effective claps, acoustic accompaniment, and tambourine hip-tapping fill up the soundscape, evolving into a manic series of yells that sound like a gang of Asian schoolgirls that precede the slowing pace, but still involve Newsham spitting lines over it to close the thing. Other definitively memorable moments include the practically anthemic "Stables & Chairs," the temperamental fuzzy keyboard stomp / piano-led slow jam of "Chicago," and the cold stare of Gourney's drugged out ramblings in opener "How the Leopard Got Its Spots."

Portugal. The Man fit into the same creative niche of 21st century indie rock / post-hardcore currently occupied by like-minded peers Circa Survive and the aforementioned Gatsbys, writing songs that are arguably dense but simultaneously culling the especially enjoyable elements of alternative pop/rock. Their debut here is a bit lengthy, but is likely to sit well with fans of bands like such.

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Stables and Chairs
Marching with 6

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GlassPipeMurder (August 14, 2006)

man, this is bad. i can't believe the singer's not female.

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

if everyone would just stop bitching about scenes and trumpets and gay shit like that and just listened to whatever they wanted to because they liked it, the world would be a better place.
i like this band so im going to listen to them, i dont care what genre it is or which scene its from i just like it.. crucify me
~ Rogue Cheddar

HeresLookinAtYou (April 2, 2006)

That's pretty awesome Nic Newsham is on this album.

Enjoyable band.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

anyone that calls this band hardcore has definitely not listened to this album. I see where the blood brothers influences are and even mars volta but they still have there own thing going for them. Its all these "anti-scenesters" (who have then just created their own scene) that are the biggest douche bags who rant on about bands they have never heard and saying they are the deterioration of music in general when the hardcore genre hasn't had anything original in like 10 years

Anonymous (February 10, 2006)

very unique vocals and varied use of keyboard. great music. great looking guys too.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

most innovative band of 2005-2006

Anonymous (January 26, 2006)

though i have not heard the album....they are all incredibly nice guys...and if by looking dumb you mean down to earth...and at most look like lumber jacks kind of...then yeah i guess so...they just look like they came from alaska...even though i agree they are from portland, but they do visit alaska quite a bit.

They are good, alot better then most bands out there...the first few times i heard them i could not stand it. but anyone that really likes music might be able to find things they like about ths album.

I now live in SF and miss the likes of portland bands and the dynamic bands you can find. I think this may have little influences from the blood brothers in all honesty but whatever this is good good stuff. and is a concept john has been working on for a long time...its also based on a story he is writing....

but yeah good good albuim and good review

Marlon (January 26, 2006)

Haha, the fact that anyone is calling this band 'hardcore' and uses 'trumpets over blastbeats' just proves that everyone here will happily talk shit on a band without ever hearing their music. This site blows."

What's not to love?

danperrone (January 25, 2006)

i can guarantee you that the guys in the band probably look like total buttholes

Anonymous (January 25, 2006)

You're pretty stupid then.

darkstarm (January 25, 2006)

Worst band name/record name combination ever. I spent a good half a minute just figuring that shit out.

Anonymous (January 25, 2006)

i picked this up yesterday. been spinning it all morning at my desk at work, and i have to say...i like it. can't put my finger on it...kinda like neon blonde? minus the wailing? i don't fucking know. good stuff.
-TOBB

Anonymous (January 25, 2006)

sorry, bad post....what do you CALL bands like A Global Threat? and other semi-notable bands like Sick of it all?? would they be considered uberhardcore, or "ubercore"

Anonymous (January 25, 2006)

not bad, but if this is hardcore, what the hell do you bands like A Global Threat???

Allular (January 25, 2006)

I'm not necessarily a fan, but this is far from hardcore at all.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

Haha, the fact that anyone is calling this band 'hardcore' and uses 'trumpets over blastbeats' just proves that everyone here will happily talk shit on a band without ever hearing their music. This site blows.

xote (January 24, 2006)

I like this but im getting tired of this whole high pitch voice thang that goin along with this whole style that bands are trying to pull i dont know its weird.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

meh

joshcbfl (January 24, 2006)

Once again, guy below me. That makes 2 of us!!! GO US!

darkstarm (January 24, 2006)

Fuck you anonymous below me, fuck you!

Anyway blah blah blah. Boring day I have a date in two hours. Blah blah blah.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

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Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

This CD is pretty good--it's like a less noodly Mars Volta. Still out there, but not groundbreaking.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

"This girly, "math"- based bullshit has become a bigger, more popular scene than the thrashcore or grind genres combined."

There's something about the girly sassiness that the blood brothers bring that makes them awesome. Everyone else who does it is just lame. When I read in an interview with Fall Out Boy's bassists how being femmy is cool it makes me want to throw up.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

When the Locust and Blood Brothers were new, it was cool, but these novelty copycat bands are literally a dime a dozen, and retain nothing but an irritating, lifeless ghost of their influences. Every city has at least one (mine has two!), and what are they lashing out against? This girly, "math"- based bullshit has become a bigger, more popular scene than the thrashcore or grind genres combined. It's gone from this cool reaction against the uptight hardcore crowd to another formula as annoying and disgusting as "screamo".

-Will

inagreendase (January 24, 2006)

Ken, neither this band nor the Blood Brothers use blastbeats, and I can't remember a single usage of trumpet throughout either band's record(s), so you'll have to clean up your argument a little more.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

Wanky / arty / dissonant / "damaged" / zany / jangly / moody / wacky Hardcore bands need to collectively go get fucked. I'm sick of stupid dipshits in diapers running around playing a trumpet over weak blastbeats and pretending to be "cutting edge". You are the fucking joke of the hardcore scene, and despite your attempts to lash out at the people who have mocked you by doing something outlandish, you are just emabarassing yourselves in front of a whole new crowd. Your shit fad will pass. You will finish college and get an office job.

-Ken

Anchors (January 24, 2006)

The Blood Brothers were completely original when they came out, and even now, you always know when you're listening to The Blood Brothers, and not whatever other band may sound like them.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

so fucking tired of these ironic, "sassy" album/band names.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

holy shit, have you not listened to the vocals?

this band is awful

they're like a bunch of 4 year olds trying to copy the mars volta.

rkl (January 24, 2006)

whats so good about the blood brothers?

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

"Alaska? Aren't they from Portland?"

They moved from Alaska to Portland and gained some notice. Then thought that Portland wasn't cool anymore so started claiming Alaska. Either way...Portland hated them/hates them.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

Good review, good album, good band...

...bad band name.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

Alaska? Aren't they from Portland?

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

well written review. maybe i'll check it out.
-TOBB

plaidical (January 24, 2006)

bigwig?

blade-runner (January 24, 2006)

yeah,

bad bad bad.

superbastard (January 24, 2006)

stupidest band name ever. and lame music to boot.

danperrone (January 24, 2006)

seriously gayer than gay

etwiels88 (January 24, 2006)

cd is okay

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

this band blows

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