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(2005 – 2011)

Port O’Brien was an American musical group combining elements of acoustic, folk and indie rock, formed in 2005.

They were named after a bay in Alaska featuring a now-abandoned cannery on Kodiak Island where founder member Van Pierszalowski’s parents met. They started out as a folk music duo of Cambria Goodwin and Van Pierszalowski while Cambria was living in Cambria, California and Van was living in Oakland. After Cambria moved closer to Oakland they added a rhythm section composed of Caleb Nichols and Joshua Barnhart.

The band toured nationally with artists such as Nada Surf, Bright Eyes and The Cave Singers and toured Europe with Modest Mouse, as well as receiving favourable reviews from Pitchfork Media, Allmusic, and The Times. M. Ward named Port O’Brien his “favorite new band”.

The band released three albums; a compilation of self-recorded and early tracks called The Wind and the Swell on American Dust Records and a studio-recorded album All We Could Do Was Sing on City Slang Records, and their latest studio album Threadbare on TBD Records.

I Woke Up Today from the album All We Could Do Was Sing was recently used as the backing music for several Dulux Paints television advertisement in Australia. The band toured Australia in February 2009 as part of the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

In May 2011 Port O’Brien announced they’d split.


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  • AH4OYS

    awesome band

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • olesupermoritz


    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TaneZet

    i like it

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tayshuan

    just miss it

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Drewmanschu

    I'm so sad to have come across them after the break up - their music is phenomenal. Are any of them in a new band?

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ScottiePippen

    The news of their disbandment really caught me off guard and it fills my heart with sadness. At least I was fortunate to have seen them live before all this happened. And what a show it was! Intense, intimate, energetic and highlighted by their first ever live performance of Pigeonhold, which also happens to be my favorite song in their catalogue. Oh the memories...

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • airfid


    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • cynthiapowell

    One of the saddest things in the world is when you've just discovered/found one of the many things that makes you happy and all of a sudden it's gone.

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • rocknindie

    what's up with changing I Woke Up Today?? Bring back the last version!! it's much better.

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Sic_Maetze_siC

    :( this news make me cry :( a band that helps me so much with their music, especially their threadbare lp. can't believe we won't get something new of them. and i sadly never saw them live :'(

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • TwenteHenna

    Breaks my heart...really. :'( They were definitely one of my favourite bands. Like mispel I was just looking for news about a new album or somethin, and then this. So so sad. Can't describe how grateful I feel that I had the chance to see them live in April 2010 in Münster. The concert was awesome. I miss you already.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • mispel

    That's so sad to hear. I was just listening to "Calm me down" (a song that helped me through hard times) and wanted to see if there's something new about them. Then I had to read this. At least I've seen them live once (one of my best concerts ever) and what remains are two great albums.

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • danielm992

    D: so sad.... does anyone have a copy of their my humps cover?.....ive been looking for it, but cant seem to find it ....

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • Jackspring

    No more Port O'Brien, this is a sad day for music ):

    11 May 2011 Reply

    Port O'Brien are no more :(!/portobrien/posts/172870936099719

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • SamSycamore

    I need to see them live again.

    4 Mar 2011 Reply
  • colourmeleft

    i want to see them live so much. they're like a dream.

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Felipess

    Oh I need somebody to calm me down

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • eric_atd

    I like "I Woke Up Today." I like Caleb's tummy. It's generous like mine.

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
  • MaDori86

    "My will is good"and "Close the lid"-I love it!

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
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