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Bristol, United Kingdom (1991 – 2005, 2008 – present)

Portishead are a band from Bristol, United Kingdom, named after a small coastal town twelve miles west of said musical hotbed, in North Somerset. They were initially known for their use of samples and some beats along with various sounds and the hauntingly beautiful vocals of singer Beth Gibbons. Their current sound drops the samples in favour of a harder, more abrasive edge, but retains Gibbons’ vocals.

The band was formed in 1991 (then later split in 2005 reforming in 2008), by keyboardist / multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrow, Adrian Utley and singer Beth Gibbons. Barrow had previously worked with Massive Attack and Tricky whilst tape operator at Coach House Studios in Clifton. He was often referred to as “that bloke from Portishead” and so decided to name his new musical endeavour after his hometown.

“Dummy” (1994)
After releasing a short film (To Kill A Dead Man) and its accompanying music, Portishead signed a record deal with Go! Beat and their first album, ‘Dummy’, was released in 1994. It featured heavy contributions from guitarist Adrian Utley. In spite of the band’s media-shyness, the album gained universal critical acclaim and was successful on both sides of the Atlantic, spawning three hit singles, “Glory Box”, “Sour Times” and “Numb”. The album won the British Mercury Music Prize in 1995 beating albums such as Definitely Maybe by Oasis and Leftfield’s Leftism.

“Portishead” (1997)

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  • BLACKENEDPLAGUE

    Yes, this is what I want in trip hop

    21 Jul 10:21pm Reply
  • paulothurrock

    xD

    20 Jul 2:19pm Reply
  • rbp88

    suddently meeting them tomorrow in madrid!! so hyped!

    17 Jul 8:49am Reply
  • NathelieJulienn

    i love you

    14 Jul 9:07pm Reply
  • yinxianghecheng

    This will take another god damn 10 years.

    14 Jul 7:44pm Reply
  • RaabMC

    stunning

    11 Jul 4:26pm Reply
  • Amrabart

    No disrespect, but what do these guys do all day? I need a fourth album goddamnit...

    9 Jul 12:47pm Reply
  • HighWay17

    I wonder if they'll play the same setlist which they have been playing last five years? If so, then I think they're crappy procrastinaitors. Really, what the fuck, dear Portishead? The same setlist with the same songs' sequence once again? No new stuff, at least one song? Are they alive, active and creative musicians, or are they've just started to make money on their status, 'cause people wait for them everywhere and everytime? Yeah, yeah, I know they don't give a damn about their status and popularity. But don't you think they should do something new in nearest future? Side-projects is a good and necessary thing. But what about the main band? Time and tides wait for no man.

    5 Jul 7:01pm Reply
  • Gisssh

    Fuck the food, fuck the debt, I have to see Portishead live. YES I WILL.

    5 Jul 5:11pm Reply
  • Gisssh

    Oh man. I ''can't afford'' to buy tickets to Ilosaarirock. I can't afford 75€ to see Portishead live. Next weekend, goddamn. I don't know. Maybe I should.. maybe I will.. maybe I will be hungry and happy. Should I?

    5 Jul 5:06pm Reply
  • different-class

    Dummy? Loveless? Homogenic? Can't decide what's the best album of the 90s. But I definitely love their debut. It's just so good and unique.

    2 Jul 3:14am Reply
  • Teco_Edukator

    Já que Portishead não vem ao Brasil...eu vou até o Portishead ...em agosto na França! \\o/

    24 Jun 12:22pm Reply
  • comate11

    WHEN I LISTENING PORTISHEAD DEPRESSION IS GETTING 2X MORE POWERFULL. THIS MUSIC IS SICK. I LIKE THIS POWERFULL BEAT TO INTENSE THOUGHTS OF THE SONGS (SOME). I LIKE MELODIC EXPRESSION IN SOME TRACKS. MUSIC OF PH WHICH IS SAD IS MOSTLY FOR PEOPLE WHO USUALLY ARE HAPPY AND LOOKING FOR DEEP EMOTIONAL SHOCK. FOR PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY SUFFER THIS MUSIC IS TOO DAMN HARD I ALMOST CAN SAY its MUSIC OF SUICIDERS. xd

    23 Jun 12:23pm Reply
  • -Cyanide-

    New Album Please [x13]

    20 Jun 6:48pm Reply
  • The_Sun_XIX

    New album please [∞^12]

    17 Jun 9:59pm Reply
  • Kyonil

    Nota bene.

    17 Jun 5:54am Reply
  • Cogosho

    New Album Please. [420]

    15 Jun 5:23am Reply
  • VividNed

    New Album Please [x12]

    13 Jun 8:06am Reply
  • nursewithwound_

    я эту группу полюбил после того, как всю ночь слушал ее на работе, в пустом складе, на дерьмовых колонках. в частности трек Machine Gun

    9 Jun 6:25am Reply
  • Mutanteakordeon

    New Album Please. [*∞^11]

    9 Jun 1:20am Reply
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